Job Title:

Heritage Interpreter


Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site


East Coulee, AB

We seek Dynamic Guides for our Interpretation team! IS IT YOU?

Join the dynamic team of guides/interpreters who make the Atlas Coal Mine a fun and fascinating place to visit (and to work)! Our interpreters have a stellar reputation for delivering really cool and evocative educational programs to school groups and tourists from around Canada and the world. Use your unique talents to enliven each program.  In addition, interpreters run the information desk, keep the site tidy, catch bunnies and select projects. This job involves a lot of time outside in the sunny Badlands as well as in small, dark places such as on our underground tunnel!


  • The award winning Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site is the largest museum of its kind in Canada, and is home to Canada’s Last Wooden Tipple and you get to talk about it.
  • You get to drive a 1936 Mancha Mine Locomotive everyday!
  • All of our buildings are original and historic, and you get to see behind the scenes in all of them.
  • You will learn how to build a coal fire, a skill that will save you from frostbite, in the wilderness...if you are close to a supply of coal.
  • We have working artefacts, like carbide lamps, that we get to light with BIG BOOMS, much to the delight of your adoring public.
  • We appreciate our staff and show them in really fun, yet legal, ways.
  • Most of all, we are active, fun and interesting. 
  • Our interpreters have a great chance to bond with the public and have meaningful interactions.


We need positive, enthusiastic individuals with great communication skills and a love of learning. Must be able to get up a hill with a pack of adoring fans/school children behind. We are looking for a self-motivated crew that knows what needs to be done, and does it...without a written invitation. 

We are at our best with a diverse and well-rounded team!

Interpreters make a visit to the Atlas Coal Mine fun, fascinating, and memorable for our guests. They make sure guests are welcomed, informed, looked after, and inspired during their visit.  The focus of the job is interpretive programming, followed by front desk duties, and rounded out by chores and project time. Interpreters are equipped to spend lots of time outdoors, walking and climbing, and in historic buildings without modern amenities.

Interpretive Programming Duties:

  • Learn the history of coal mining in the Drumheller Valley, including the work and home life of miners, the technical operation of the Atlas, and the social context in which the mines operated.  After a basic body of knowledge is mastered, interpreters continue to learn throughout the summer, so their knowledge is deeper and broader every week.
  • Develop school and public tours, using Atlas Coal Mine program outlines as a starting point, and enlivening them with their own talents and interests. 
  • Present tipple tours, mantrip rides, tunnel tours, school programs, and equipment demonstrations in an enthusiastic and engaging manner.  Interpreters wear supplied “historic clothing” or uniforms while on duty. Interpreters with the appropriate background present historic character sketches. Others lead mine geology hikes.  Everyone helps plan and present special events.

Welcome Desk Duties:

Interpreters spend part of each day running the Welcome Desk.  This is where they greet visitors, orient them to the Atlas Coal Mine, accept admissions fees, keep daily records, and maintain the small gift shop.

Chore and Project Duties:

Interpreters work as a team to keep the site neat, clean, and safe for visitors. This includes opening and closing the site, general tidying, looking after equipment, restocking shelves, cleaning floors, and cleaning bathrooms.

Interpreters select a project to pursue on slow days in the spring.  This project will be chosen in consultation with the supervisor, and will begin in late May. The project will further the mission of the Atlas Coal Mine to preserve and present coal mining history.  


Must have at least one year post-secondary education, and plan to return to school in the fall. Background in history, education, geography, ecotourism, engineering, or performing arts an asset. First-aid an asset. A valid driver’s license a must. A car is an asset as we’re located 15 minutes east of Drumheller.

Job Term: April 30th - Sept 3rd, 2018

Wage: $16.50 / hour


Email your Cover Letter, Resume, and References to

ATTN: Jay Russell

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Posted 2018-03-28

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