What are some job descriptions in The Giver? 

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In the tightly controlled society of The Giver people are assigned positions that the Chief Elder assigns to them based upon personality traits and talents that they exhibit. Here are some of the positions that are assigned to people at the various Ceremonies:

  • Birthmother - In this position, a young woman is pampered for three years as she gives birth each year; after than, she will become a Laborer.
  • Engineer - A friend of Jonas's father is an engineer who designed a bridge that crosses a river in the community. So, the engineer creates and designs blueprints and oversees constructions of buildings, etc.
  • Fish Hatchery Attendant - Another of Jonas's friends is given this job.
  • Assistant and Director of Recreation. The job of Assistant goes to Asher, a friend of Jonas with a good sense of fun; he will organize the various activities of the community
  • Rehabilitation Center worker - Benjamin does this job; he has designed some new equipment for the injured.
  • Food Production - This job could be at the school or other institution.
  • Caretaker of the Old - Fiona, a friend of Jonas, is assigned this position as she is good with the older members of the community.
  • Doctor
  • Nurturer - Jonas's father is a nurturer as he cares for the infants. He also releases them if they do not progress.
  • Instructor of the different age groups - Isaac, for example, is given the Sixes
  • Representative of the Department of Justice - This is a position that Jonas's mother has; she is essentially an attorney for the community.
  • Speaker - This person makes the public announcements.
  • Receiver of Memory - This job is given to Jonas, who can "see beyond." Jonas will be the keeper of memories for the community. The previous Receiver of Memory, who has been given memories of war, pain, joy, color, light, and music, all from a time before the community existed departed and these memories are lost. But Jonas will receive many more.
  • Chief Elder - This is the leader of the community.
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Jobs in The Giver:

Engineer: A friend of Jonas’ father was an engineer that designed a bridge that crosses a river in the community 

Chief Elder: The leader of the community

Nurturer: Jonas’ father is a nurturer who cares for the infants. He also releases them if they do not progress, or if there are twins, releases the weaker one as they do not want identical people in the community.

Receiver of Memory: This job is given to Jonas, who can ‘see beyond’ and will have to be the keeper of memories for the society.

The  Giver: The Giver is the Old Receiver of Memory, who’s job is to transport the memories to the current Receiver of Memory, including painful ones.

Representative of the Department of Justice: Jonas’ mother is given this job. She is the attorney for the community. 

Caretaker of the Old: Fiona, a friend of Jonas, is assigned this position as she is good with the older members of the community.

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Birthmother, Engineer, Fish Hatchery Attendant, Rehabilitation Center worker, Food Production, Doctor, Nurturer, Instructor of the different age groups, Representative of the Department of Justice, Speaker, Receiver of Memory, and Chief Elder.  

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One job, or assignment, that is discussed in the book The Giver is the nurturer. A nurturer takes care of newborn children. There are also the Night-crew Nurturers who don't have the ability to do jobs given in the daytime hours.

Another job is a Birthmother. Birthmothers, for three years, give three births and then spend the rest of their lives as Laborers. Laborers perform physical labor.

Another job is the Department of Justice, which is where Jonas's mother worked. This is where their court is held.

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Some example of the jobs are:

Receiver of Memory: receives the memory that the give sends

Chief Elder: Leader and help pick out jobs for the young ones

Nurturer: takes care of infants

The giver: gives memories to the Receiver of Memory

Caretaker for the Old: Take cares of the Old.

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Giving that the book The Giver takes place in a tightly reigned society the jobs and their descriptions are very precise.

Giver/Receiver stores all the memories of the people in the society.

Birthmother gives birth to three children, she then becomes a hard laborer.  As a hard laborer she will continue to do hard labor until she has aged greatly.

Nurturer helps the children in the early/beginning stages of their life try to guide them in the society.

Caretaker takes care of the elderly people of society.

There are also many other jobs such as the fish hatchery attendant, law enforcement, director of recreation, speaker, story teller, pilot, food deliverer, doctor and teachers according to the stage of a persons life until their preteen years.

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  • Birthmother - In this position, a young woman is pampered for three years as she gives birth each year; after than, she will become a Laborer.
  • Engineer - A friend of Jonas's father is an engineer who designed a bridge that crosses a river in the community. So, the engineer creates and designs blueprints and oversees constructions of buildings, etc.
  • Fish Hatchery Attendant - Another of Jonas's friends is given this job.
  • Assistant and Director of Recreation. The job of Assistant goes to Asher, a friend of Jonas with a good sense of fun; he will organize the various activities of the community
  • Rehabilitation Center worker - Benjamin does this job; he has designed some new equipment for the injured.
  • Food Production - This job could be at the school or other institution.
  • Caretaker of the Old - Fiona, a friend of Jonas, is assigned this position as she is good with the older members of the community.
  • Doctor
  • Nurturer - Jonas's father is a nurturer as he cares for the infants. He also releases them if they do not progress.
  • Instructor of the different age groups - Isaac, for example, is given the Sixes
  • Representative of the Department of Justice - This is a position that Jonas's mother has; she is essentially an attorney for the community.
  • Speaker - This person makes the public announcements.
  • Receiver of Memory - This job is given to Jonas, who can "see beyond." Jonas will be the keeper of memories for the community. The previous Receiver of Memory, who has been given memories of war, pain, joy, color, light, and music, all from a time before the community existed departed and these memories are lost. But Jonas will receive many more.
  • Chief Elder - This is the leader of the community.

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