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Park Interpreters, Seasonal, Alberta Parks, Writing-on-Stone, Kananaskis & Dinosaur, AB (20/01/22)

  • 15 Dec 2021 2:04 PM
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    Posting Date: Dec 15, 2021

    Closing Date: January 20, 2022

    Company: Government of Alberta

    Job Information

    Job Title: Park Interpreters 

    Job Requisition ID: 21783

    Ministry: Environment & Parks

    Locations: Kananaskis and Southern Alberta.

    Full or Part-Time: Full Time/seasonal

    Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

    Regular/Temporary: Temporary

    Scope: Open Competition - Seasonal Wage Opportunity

    Classification: Subsidiary 02B 3625 Program Services 1


    Are you looking for an opportunity to use your skills, education and related experiences to become a Park Interpreter? Working the summer season in Alberta Parks is unlike any other – full of challenge, personal & professional growth and the opportunity to educate a spirited, fun-loving group of life-long learners who are interested in learning more about Alberta’s history and culture. If you enjoy engaging with the public, being an ambassador for the conservation of our natural environment and helping to promote sustainable and responsible recreation opportunities, you’ll want to be a part of our team.

    As a Park Interpreter, you may be involved in the development and/or delivery of a variety of personal and/or online programming such as formal education initiatives, theatrical presentations, recreational activity instruction, informal talks, guided hikes and tours, other forms of information delivery, public safety messaging, depending on your strengths.

    Multiple locations in Alberta are now hiring Seasonal Interpreters to foster stewardship of recreation and conservation through engaging and informative interactions with visitors in Alberta Provincial Parks. These programs connect adults and children with the biological and cultural diversity of Alberta’s parks and protected areas, as well as encourage safe outdoor recreation experiences. The ability to work both independently and as part of a team while demonstrating the Alberta Public Service values of respect, integrity, accountability and excellence in everything you do will be essential to your success.

    Southern Region – Dinosaur Provincial Park
    Interpreters will lead and educate visitors on a variety of programs about the parks rich natural and human history as well as geology and paleontology.  Staff will have ongoing, onsite instruction from trained palaeontologists to increase their subject knowledge. The job includes; leading 24-passanger bus tours, guiding 1-4 hour hikes through the badlands and delivering general public, family and school group programming. You may also help remount amphitheatre programs for outdoor evening shows.


    Southern Region – Writing on Stone Provincial Park
    Interpreters engage and educate visitors on the cultural history and unique habitats and geology at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, lead bus tours and develop and deliver other public programs. Park Interpreters deliver both in-person and video conference formal educational programs. You will receive in-depth training from Elders and Archaeologists to integrate the traditional and scientific ways to interpret the rock art as well as facilitate the living cultural traditions at Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi. Knowledge of Blackfoot culture and history for this location is a strong asset. 

    Kananaskis Region – Bow Valley and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
    Interpreters educate visitors on regulations and compliance expectations, public safety, the Kananaskis Conservation Pass and regional flora, fauna and geology through theatrical amphitheatre programs, prop talks, interactive family programs and roving trails and day use areas. Staff may also be asked to support formal education programs, and mentor and train other park communicators and facility operators.


    Visit albertaparks.ca/parkinterpreter for FAQs and programs offered in each of the Provincial Parks.


    The minimum qualifications for these roles are:

    • Two-year post-secondary or equivalent in a related field such as interpretation, teaching, communications, performing arts or natural sciences.

    Equivalences will be considered on directly related experience or education considered on the basis of: one year of experience for one year of education or one year of education for one year of experience.

    Additionally, applicants must obtain the following prior to hire:

    • Valid full or GDL Class 5 Operator’s License (Class 4 for Dinosaur and Writing-On-Stone Parks)
    • Standard First Aid Certificate
    • Current CPR Level "C" Certificate
    • Defensive Driving Certificate (if required in your park location)
    • Final candidates must also provide a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check and a Driver's Abstract


    Assets to this role include:

    • Experience, knowledge and competency in interpretation, excellent written and verbal communication skills, program development, audience engagement, teaching, acting, performing, customer service, ecology and outdoor recreation activities/instruction, and  theatrical ability as needed for outdoor performances
    • Knowledge in: Alberta’s flora, fauna, history, recreation and resource management, legislation, responsible recreation principles and the provincial parks system.  Familiarity with Indigenous culture, archeology and paleontology, badland/desert/river ecosystems
    • Good physical stamina to lead 1-8 km guided ½ day-hikes, and to be able to work in remote outdoor and extreme heat locations.
    • Public speaking and presentation skills


    Applicants are encouraged to clearly demonstrate the above assets in their resume or cover letter.


    $29.06 - $37.78 per hour 

    Wage employees receive 11.2% in addition to regular wage earnings in lieu of benefits and vacation leave.

    • 5.2 percent of regular wage earnings instead of paid holidays
    • 6 percent of regular wage earnings instead of annual vacation pay


    • This is a seasonal wage opportunity with varying terms from May till October 2022. 
    • Hours of work: Employees will work a 36.25 hour work week.  Days of the week will depend on the placement, but staff can expect to work weekends especially during July/August. 
    • Onsite accommodations are available for rent in the various park locations. 
    • Interviews will be held virtually in February.

    How To Apply

    Click on the above “Apply Now” button.  


    Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system. 

    If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign  In’ should you already have an account. 

    Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx

    Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.  


    Resources for applicants:


    It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx. Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application

    Closing Statement

    The Government of Alberta is implementing a proof of COVID 19 vaccination policy for all Alberta Public Service employees, to improve the health and safety of Alberta Public Service employees and Albertans we serve.

    Any candidates in the process for applying for employment with the Government of Alberta, must be able to comply with one of the following:

    • Proof of COVID 19 vaccination;
    •  If you are a successful candidate and have not provided proof of COVID 19 vaccination, you may select to produce a negative PCR (molecular polymerase chain reaction) or rapid test result, date-stamped within 72 hours of every scheduled work day/shift, on an ongoing basis starting on December 14, 2021. These tests will be paid for by the employee;
    • Candidates and employees who are unable to get vaccinated based on a protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act may request approval for an exemption and accommodation.


    This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.


    We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted. If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Julie Ryan at Julie.ryan@gov.ab.ca

    If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.

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