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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We are now hiring historical interpreters!
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:
o 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.
o Work collaboratively as a member of a small workplace team.
o Be able to stand and walk for extended periods as well as lift and carry moderate loads.
o 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:
o Education, Drama, Historical Interpretation, Canadian History, Aboriginal Studies, Scandinavian Studies and Recreation Administration.
o Other assets include: Customer service experience; experience with children and seniors; fluency in French and/or Indigenous languages; knowledge of Icelandic heritage in Alberta, and heritage skills (embroidery, crochet, spinning, poetry writing 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
Candidates are required to apply for a job online. If you are not already a Government of Alberta Employee, please follow these steps:
1. Create a candidate profile
a. Go to https://career17.sapsf.com/careers?company=accentur02 to create an account. Click “Sign In” on the top right side of the page. If you already have an account, you can sign in here or change your password.
2. Once you have created a profile, go to https://www.alberta.ca/apply-for-jobs-with-the-alberta-public-service.aspx and click the “Apply Now” Button.
3. Find and click on the “Historical Interpreter” posting. https://jobpostings.alberta.ca/job-invite/25839/
4. Click on the “Apply Now” button at the top of the page. You will be directed to sign in to your candidate profile.
5. When applying, please be sure to uploadyour resume and cover letter indicating you are applying to work at Stephansson House.
If you are already a Government of Alberta Employee, access the Career Tile in 1GX to submit an application.
Please note that the deadline to apply is April 18th, 2022.
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