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Job (Jasper): Interpretation Officer/Coordinator – Parks Canada

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Job (Jasper): Interpretation Officer/Coordinator – Parks Canada

Parks Canada Jasper National Park of CanadaParks Canada: Jasper National Park of Canada (Alberta)

GT-01 Heritage Presenter: For the complete posting, please click here.
Anticipatory: Summer 2017.
Renumeration: $41,110 to $46,279 (Currently under review).

Closing date: December 5, 2016 – 23:59, Pacific Time (more on closing date).

Who can apply: Persons employed or residing in Jasper (Alberta) and within a 1300 kilometre radius of Jasper (Alberta) who have a legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Important messages: Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications directly to Jasper HR, either by email at, or by fax to 780-852-6122.

Duties: Heritage Presenter’s deliver information, interpretive programs and events in a variety of settings that inspire and encourage visitors to enjoy and support the natural and cultural history of the national parks. Duties vary, depending on the team requirements and individual abilities. Positions available may include:

  • Delivering Indigenous cultural programs (storytelling, demonstrations, music, etc.). Delivering hands-on family programs such as drumming, or tipi teachings at the campgrounds or evening campfire talks.
  • Assisting at special events such as Parks Day, Aboriginal Day, and Canada Day.
  • Delivering street theatre or theatre programs at Whistlers outdoor theatre. Preparing props and costumes for theatre programs.
  • Roves, hikes and/or point duty at various locations sharing natural and cultural history with park visitors.
  • Wildlife Guardian duties include patrolling busy areas of the park for wildlife jams and ensuring safe wildlife viewing. This includes providing visitors with safety and interpretive messages; traffic management and assisting resource conservation staff.

This is challenging, exciting and immensely rewarding work for the right person. Safety and job training is provided and you are usually not working alone. A summer season usually starts in early May and ends in early to mid- September, but opportunities for extended seasons sometimes are available.

Work environment: Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.

Intent of the process: This process is intended to fill anticipated vacancies with the same work description, various language requirements and various tenures (seasonal, temporary, full-time, part-time).

Number of Positions to be filled: TBD

Information you must provide:

  • Your résumé.
  • A covering letter in 2,000 words (maximum): “Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience factors listed in the Essential Qualifications. Applicants must list both of these factors in their cover letter, and then write one or two paragraphs for each demonstrating how they meet these factors by providing concrete examples. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that these factors are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter.”
  • Contact information for 3 references.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications):

EDUCATION: A secondary school diploma or PSC approved alternatives or acceptable combination of education, training, experience or traditional knowledge relevant to position. Note: Acceptable combination of education, training and experience:

  • Two years of secondary school or PSC approved alternatives; AND
  • Successful completion of a minimum of one (1) course relevant to the duties of the position (e.g., courses taken through continuing education facilities, colleges, universities, professional or governmental organizations or employers including training provided by Aboriginal elders or group that may include but are not limited to courses in heritage interpretation, communications, public speaking, performing arts); AND
  • A minimum of three (3) months experience working in the fields of education, interpretation, and/or outreach-communications.

Degree equivalency


  • Experience in paid or volunteer work that entailed direct contact and communication with the public;
  • Experience in delivering messages/information to groups in face-to-face situations with the purpose of education, engagement, entertainment and/or motivation.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications):


  • Experience in delivering programs or participating in activities that share Indigenous knowledge, awareness and/or teachings;
  • Experience in various types of acting and theatre productions that engage children and adults.


  • Knowledge of Indigenous traditions and stories;
  • Knowledge of stage and street theatre.


  • Creativity and Innovation: Generating viable, new approaches and solutions.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job):

  • Various language requirements;
  • English essential / Bilingual imperative (–B–B)

Information on language requirements


  • Knowledge of communication, presentation and interpretive techniques such as storytelling, demonstration, theatre programs or guided walks;
  • Knowledge of Canada’s natural and/or cultural heritage as it relates to Jasper National Park.


  • Initiative: Dealing with situations and issues proactively and persistently, seizing opportunities that arise;
  • Teamwork: Working collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals;
  • Communication through Interpretation: Listening to others and communicating articulately to inform, influence and involve. 


  • Sound judgment;
  • Personally connects with others;
  • Demonstrate Integrity.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job):

The position requires the incumbent to:

  • Work shift-work, and/or weekends, and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays;
  • Wear a Parks Canada uniform as per the uniform policy and/or dress in period costume as per Parks Canada requirements;
  • Work and/or travel in varied terrains, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation;
  • Stand/walk/hike for prolonged periods (examples include: doing point duty or roving at high use areas, 4- 6 hours of standing/walking outdoors);
  • Perform certain physical tasks as per job requirements.

Conditions of employment:

  • Reliability Status security clearance;
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid Class 5 driver’s license.

Photo: 2015, The Sweet Nutcracker Street Theatre: Clark v Blister Rust Interpreter.

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