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Get Outdoors With a Job in Alberta Parks

Calling all nature nuts! Turn your passion for the outdoors into a dream job and work in breathtaking landscapes. Become a Park Interpreter or Communicator in one of Alberta’s provincial parks.

Do you love sharing your passion for the outdoors with others? Then we have a fantastic summer job for you! The Alberta Environment and Parks experience offers the opportunity to live and work in some of Alberta’s most beautiful landscapes, from grassland prairies and boreal forest, to Canadian Badlands and Rocky Mountains. If you enjoy meeting new people, exploring the outdoors, and helping visitors connect to the natural world through fun and engaging activities, you’ll want to be a part of our team.

Multiple locations in Alberta are now hiring Interpreters and Communicators to foster stewardship of the natural world through engaging and informative interactions with visitors. These programs connect adults and children with Alberta’s landscape, biological and cultural diversity, and outdoor recreation opportunities. As an Interpreter or Communicator, you could be involved in the development and delivery of a variety of programming such as environmental education, theatrical presentations, recreational activity instruction, informal talks, information delivery, or guided hikes and tours, depending on your strengths.

Park Communicators will present information and pre-developed programming to visitors on features, attractions and important messaging associated with the use of our sites and facilities. Park Interpreters will work with greater independence and will be responsible for developing and/or delivering programming with more complex themes, messages, audiences and public safety considerations.

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 is essential to your success

Position:Interpreters and Communicators
Classification:Program Services 1 / Administrative Support 3
Type:Seasonal (Up to 36.25 hours/week)
Location:Various Locations
Rate of Pay:$28.77-$37.40/hr for Interpreters and $21.19-$25.79/hr for Communicators
(Plus 11.2% in lieu of benefits and holidays)
Closing Date:February 13, 2020
Competition #:1056246


  • environmental education
  • theatrical presentations
  • recreational activity instruction
  • informal talks
  • information delivery, or
  • guided hikes and tours



  • Park Communicator (AS3): High school diploma and one year of related experience (e.g. work in the natural sciences, teaching, communications, performing arts, etc).
  • Park Interpreter (PS1): Two-year post-secondary or equivalent in a related field (natural sciences, education, communications, history, performing arts, etc.)
  • Class 4 driver’s license for Dinosaur, Cypress Hills and Writing-On-Stone for bus tours
  • Final candidates must also provide a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check and a Driver’s Abstract
  • Recognized current Standard First Aid Certificate
  • Current CPR Level “C” Certificate / AED
  • Defensive Driving Certificate (within three years)
  • Drivers Abstract


  • Experience, knowledge and competency in interpretation, written and verbal communication, audience engagement, teaching, acting, singing, Alberta’s flora and fauna, cultural and human history and outdoor recreation are assets.
  • Applicants are encouraged to clearly demonstrate the above assets in their resume or cover letter.


Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in-depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

  • Agility: Candidate needs to think creatively while working in a changing work environment.
  • Build Collaborative Environments: Candidate demonstrates ability to build collaborative environments by promoting collaboration and commitment, encourage broad thinking on projects, work together to eliminate barriers to progress, and facilitate open and respectful dialogue.
  • Creative Problem Solving and Judgement: Candidate uses a wide range of communication techniques to promptly and professionally address issues.

Terms of Employment

  • Employees will work a 36.25 hour work week.  Days of the week will depend on the placement, but staff can expect to work weekends during July and August. 
  • All successful applicants will be required to attend ONE of the following full-day recruitment workshops:


  • Seasonal accommodations may be available
  • Wage employees receive 11.2% in addition to regular wage earning in lieu of benefits and vacation leave.
    • 5.2 percent of regular wage earnings instead of paid holidays
    • 6 percent of regular wage earnings instead of annual vacation pay
    • This posting may be used to fill future vacancies.

How to Apply

  • Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies. 
  • It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS) – http:/ It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.
  • You can also mail or drop off your application, ensuring that “Interpreters and Communicators ” is clearly marked and addressed to:

Jane McEwen
Talent Aquisition Services Administrator, Public Service Commission
4th Floor, South Petroleum Plaza, 9915 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2G8
Fax: 780-427-2513

For more information about the position, visit the Park Interpreter and Communicator job FAQ page

Or email

We thank all candidates for their interest. However, only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

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