Stephan G. Stephansson – Poet of the Rocky Mountains – was born in Iceland in 1853.

In 1889, he brought his family to Alberta near what is now the Markerville area. Within the view of the Rockies, he homesteaded with his family, farming by day and writing by night. Stephansson’s prolific literary output has helped make him one of the greatest poets in the western world.

Stephansson’s home is a snapshot in time. With costumed interpreters helping bring this story to life, you’ll find beautiful original furnishings, a wood burning stove, newspaper wallpaper, serene landscape, the smell of baking, and, of course, the poetry of Stephansson himself.


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Are you interested in working in an historical environment with people of all ages? You could spend this summer sharing and celebrating the lives and experiences of Icelandic poet and Alberta pioneer Stephan G. Stephansson, his family, and the settlement experience of the Markerville Icelanders.

As a member of a dynamic team of interpretive staff, dressed in period costume, you will plan, develop, present, and evaluate educational, special event and public interpretive programs. Other duties will include the collection of admission fees and visitor statistics, administering site surveys, marketing and promotions of the site and events, volunteer recruitment and supervision, day-to-day administration, research, social media, and maintaining general cleanliness and order of visitor facilities. This position requires weekend work.

A successful candidate for this position will be comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people, and able to read and assimilate large amounts of information quickly. They will have the ability to work with a range of audiences, from young children to seniors, and to work as a member of a team. They must also be able to walk and stand for extended periods and be able to lift and carry moderate loads. This position requires a basic understanding of the history of Alberta, an interest in historical interpretation and literature, as well as planning and organizational skills.
Job specific training is provided.

More details here.


Post–secondary education and or/experience in the following fields is desirable: Historical Interpretation, Education, Canadian and/or Icelandic History, Language Arts, Dramatic and performing Arts, Marketing and/or Recreation Administration. The successful applicant will have a current Standard First Aid Certificate and a Class 5 driver’s license. Successful candidate must provide proof of first aid training and a driver’s abstract, and undergo a Vulnerable Sector security screening before hiring.


Wage rate: Interpreter $19.51/hr - $23.56/hr (under review)

Closest town for rental accommodations is Sylvan Lake. On-site shared accommodations are available but are very limited and somewhat isolated. Personal transportation required. Some conditions apply. This position runs from May 3 to September 8, 2023.

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 Edward van Vliet, Facility Supervisor at Edward.vanvliet@gov.ab.ca or at 780.427.0357.

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.