Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

Heritage Interpreter

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Posted On:
Closing On:
Thursday, 12th December 2019
Wednesday, 11th March 2020
Pay Rate: 17.00
Duration: May 4 - Sept 7, 2020

Job Description:

Heritage Interpreter 

Job Description 


The role ensures smooth operation of our front-line (visitor) services, including conducting a wide range of excellent quality tours for school groups, public groups, and pre-booked groups.  Heritage interpreters are also responsible for relief and occasional gift shop responsibilities, including cash handling, shop restocking, public information and booking tours.  Finally, they are responsible for a range of cleaning duties, including ensuring our washrooms, buildings and general site areas are kept clean for visitors.  All duties must be performed in compliance with the Atlas’ occupational health & safety policies. 




  1. Learn the history of coal mining in the Drumheller Valley, including the work and home life of the miners, the technical operation of the Atlas, and the social context in which the mines operated. 


  1. Develop school and public tours (public programming), using Atlas Coal Mine program outlines and interpretation standards.  Training and tour development will be supported by the curator and line managers. 


  1. Present a minimum of 4.5 hours of high-quality public programing per day, as outlined in daily schedules.  This programming will include tipple tours, train tours, tunnel tours, unmentionable tours, specialty tours, industry familiarity (‘FAM’) tours as well as school tours and privately booked group tours.     


  1. Perform gift shop duties as needed.  This includes cash handling (cash-in/cash-out/transactions), restocking, booking tours, answering phone inquiries and giving tour/site information. 


  1. Perform cleaning duties as needed to a high standard.  This includes cleaning bathrooms, historic buildings and general site cleaning (emptying garbages, etc). 


  1. As we are a small team at the Atlas, assisting management with other tasks may be required throughout the job term. 


Qualifications, Experience, and Competencies: 


We require at least one year of post-secondary education, preferably in history, archaeology, anthropology, education, geology or performing arts.  Basic first-aid certification is required prior to the first day of work.  CSA approved steel-toed footwear is required.  A valid driver’s license is required.  A positive, flexible, caring attitude is a must and we expect all Atlas employees to take care of themselves, their team mates and our visitors throughout their work term.  We thrive in a diverse work environment. 



Work Environment and Compensation: 


The Atlas is an outdoor historic industrial site in a rural location.   All site buildings are designated historic resources. Work conditions can be challenging at times, due to the nature of the site and the Drumheller environment (extreme heat during the summer, difficult local terrain, historic buildings). 


Heritage interpreters will work a rotating schedule, including weekends.  Full time heritage interpreters will work 37.5 hours a week, part-time heritage interpreters will be scheduled as required.  In all cases hours per week will not normally exceed 44.

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