Posting Date: Sep 15, 2023

Location: Fort McMurray, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Interpreter 

Job Requisition ID: 47327

Ministry: Arts, Culture and Status of Women

Location: Fort McMurray

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: October 2, 2023

Classification: Program Services 1

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:

The Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray is located in the heart of the world's biggest single oil deposit - the Athabasca Oil Sands. The Centre is an educational facility committed to increasing public awareness and knowledge about the oil sands, and fostering a life-long interest in science and technology. 


Reporting to the Facility Supervisor, the interpreter will be an important part of the program services team. The position is responsible for providing year-round interpretive, information, and hospitality services at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre. The main duties are to provide information and orientation to visitors at the facility; plan and lead interpretive programs; engage visitors with impromptu talks, demonstrations, and shows; develop and present fun, hands–on interactive programs for children; create and present curriculum-based education programs to school classes visiting the center; train and coach seasonal interpreters during the summer months, and assist with special events and exhibits.


  • Visitor/Interpretive Services:
    Draw on knowledge and practical experience with interpretation and customer service to provide front line visitor and interpretive services at OSDC in order that visitors have a positive and high-quality experience. Provide information, orientation, and guided tours as required to visitors to the facility.
  • Education Programming:
    Employing an understanding of different learning styles and modalities, this position, in consultation with the Facility Supervisor and Interpretive Services team, participates in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs delivered at the facility.
  • Administration:
    This position provides support to the Interpretive Services team and assists the Facility Supervisor in a number of administrative areas to ensure smooth operation at the centre. Promote and market programs, events, and special exhibits. Respond to requests for information regarding programs and events.
  • Special Events/Exhibits:
    Working with the Interpretive services team, this position plans, presents, and participates in evaluation of public events and temporary exhibits at the OSDC to provide a high-quality experience for visitors. Plan and present exciting public events in collaboration with the Visitor Services team. Research and develop new events. Prepare, plan, set up, and install special events and exhibits. Evaluate special events and exhibits to ensure continual improvement.


Two-year diploma in a related field; no experience required; or equivalent as described below. 

Equivalency: Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of:

  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

One year experience in interpretation/programming for children, families, and adults in an educational/cultural setting is desirable. 

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors 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. 

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

Below is a list of the APS Competencies to assist you:

  • Develop self and others: This position is for a leadership role, which involves training, coaching, and mentoring our seasonal interpretive staff. It also requires staying current on complex subject matter regarding oil sands industry, technology, history, and science.
  • Build Collaborative Environments: The successful candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, be enthusiastic about the Oil Sands Discovery Centre and its content, and be comfortable interacting with the public. We are looking for a team player who is creative and has good communication skills.
  • Develop Networks: This position works in a team environment with diverse groups of visitors on a daily basis. It also works with community stakeholders including teachers, parents, and youth group leaders to promote programming and collect feedback regarding program improvements. Regular contact with other museum and science center staff is necessary to stay abreast of current programming and interpretive techniques, trends, and best practices. Excellent interpersonal skills are required to productively achieve outcomes.
  • Creative Problem Solving: This position is responsible for creatively developing and delivering programs that integrate a variety of perspectives and engage our visitors with high quality, personalized experiences.  


$2,165.27 -$2,814.70 bi-weekly ($56,513 - $73,436/year)


This is a regular permanent position with 36.25 hours per week. The schedule of the position includes regular evening and weekend shifts.

Final candidates will be required to undergo a security screening. Due to wait times to receive a completed Criminal Records Check (CRC) that includes Vulnerable Sector screening check, applicants that are invited for an interview are encouraged to request a completed CRC (level 1) that includes Vulnerable Sector screening check from their local RCMP/Police detachment prior to their interview. The CRC will only need to be provided upon request. A valid First Aid and CPR is an asset.

The successful candidate may be eligible for an attraction bonus as well as the Fort McMurray Allowance.

In order to accurately reflect your related experience/education, in your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience.

  • For employment: Please indicate whether your work experience is casual, part-time or full-time.

    Receptionist, Jan 2018 - June 2021, Part-time (three 8 hr shifts/week).
  • For any Post-Secondary Education: Please specify your major and length of program, the educational institution, and the year you graduated.

    • Bachelor of Arts, major in Psychology, University of Alberta, 2009
    • Social Work Diploma (1 year), Campbell College, 2017

Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.

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Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact TAS Administrator Saren Frias at

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.