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Park Interpreter, Full-time Seasonal, Alberta Parks, Various Parks across Alberta, 26/01/2023

  • 20 Jan 2023 10:12 AM
    Message # 13065764

    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.

    This Forestry, Parks and Tourism experience offers the opportunity to live and work in some of Alberta’s most beautiful landscapes, from grassland prairies to boreal forest, to Canadian Badlands or the Rocky Mountains. 

    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.

    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.

    Park Interpreters may also work with stewardship groups, partners and volunteers to further support the connection between local communities and the landscapes in which they live, work and play.

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


    Education and Experience: 

    • Diploma in a related field such as interpretation, teaching, communications, performing arts or natural sciences with no prior experience required but is preferred
    • 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, once hired, candidates 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 (both reimbursed)

    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


    $29.42-$38.25 per hour based on 36.25 or 40 hours per week.  

    • Evening Premium $2.75/hr
    • Weekend Premium $3.25/hr

    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


    Park Interpreter (alberta.ca)

Interpretation Canada c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 45th Ave Red Deer, AB, Canada  T4N 3M4

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