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Historical Interpreter

Apr 14, 2022

Historical Interpreter at various Provincial Historic Sites
Job Title:  Historical Interpreter (Multiple positions available)

Location: Various locations across rural Alberta and Edmonton
Closing Date: April 18, 2022
About Us
We have a variety of historical interpreter roles available across multiple provincial historic sites. Be a part of bringing the history alive and sharing the stories and experiences of our province’s history.
Fort George & Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site
Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site
Historic Dunvegan Provincial Historic Site
Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site
Turner Valley Gas Plant Provincial Historic Site

Are you looking for a fun and challenging summer job where you can develop your skills, work in a team and meet people from all over Alberta, Canada, and the world?
As a Historical Interpreter, you will lead tours of the historic site structures and landscape; participate in the planning, development, and presentation of educational program and special events; and coordinate craft and skill demonstrations.  This job will allow you to develop a wide variety of skills including public speaking, customer service, program development, interpretation techniques, research, social media, and historical crafts and skills. 
Other duties include the collection of admission fees and visitor statistics, event promotion, day-to-day administration, gift shop sales, and maintaining the general order of visitor facilities.  This position requires weekend work, and on occasion working and traveling alone or scheduled off-site work. You will walk and stand for extended periods, and lift and carry moderate loads.
A successful candidate for this position will be able to speak confidently to large and small groups of people in a public setting and be able to assimilate large amounts of information quickly. You must have the ability to work effectively with a range of audiences, from young children to seniors, and actively contribute to a workplace team. The position requires a basic understanding of the history of Alberta, an interest in historical interpretation, as well as planning and organizational skills. Training is provided.

  • The successful candidate for this position will:
    • Be able to learn large amounts of information quickly and be able to confidently speak and work with a range of audiences with varying backgrounds, from young children to seniors, in groups both large and small.
    • Work collaboratively as a member of a small workplace team.
    • Be able to stand and walk for extended periods as well as lift and carry moderate loads.
    • Have a basic understanding of the history of Alberta, an interest in historical interpretation, as well as communication, creativity, and organizational skills.
  • Post-secondary education and/or experience in the following fields are desirable:
    • Education, Drama, Historical Interpretation, Canadian History, Aboriginal Studies and Recreation Administration.
    • Other assets include: Customer service experience; experience with children and seniors; fluency in French and/or Indigenous languages; knowledge of Alberta’s Metis history and heritage skills (beadwork, finger weaving, spinning, etc.).
  • Successful candidates must be able to provide a current Standard First Aid Certificate (including CPR-C) and at least a Class 5 driver’s license.
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a Driver’s Abstract and to undergo a criminal record check.
  • Successful candidates will be required to have their own personal vehicle for getting to and from work.

Wage rate: Interpreter $19.51/hr - $23.56/hr
Nearest rental accommodations are in nearby towns. Shared staff accommodations may be available in the location (some conditions apply). Personal transportation is required to and from the work.

This position runs from May – September 2022.
How to Apply

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In your cover letter, please indicate which position you are interested in. If you are interested in multiple (or all) positions, please make note of this.
For further information, please contact Olga Fowler, Area Manager at or at 780-431-2321.
Closing Statement
Thank you to all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.