Education Officer

Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site
Date Posted:   Feb 13, 2020
Closing Date:   Mar 06, 2020
Location:   Alberta
Status:   Full-Time
Number of Positions:  2



The Atlas Coal Mine Historical Society (no. 50412366) operates the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site (BN 13832 3043 RR0001), an extensive industrial heritage site.

Designated at both the national and provincial levels, the Atlas preserves the last of the 139 mines which operated in the Drumheller Valley from 1911-1979. Our mandate is to preserve and present the days when “Coal was King” in the Drumheller Valley. The site comprises 31 hectares with numerous buildings, trackways, machines, tools, and documents from the working mine.

The Atlas is a locally operated, visitor-supported site, with no operational support from any level of government. Visitation revenues increased 680% from 2000 to 2013, and we see more than 35,000 paying visitors each year. These visitors include over 100 group tours, mostly from schools. We offer a dynamic interpretive program, and special events.

Although the visitor services program is the engine that drives other museum functions, we are energetically implementing collections management, research, and historic restoration projects. We seek partnerships with other organizations to develop the economic and cultural landscape of the region. Tunnel Vision is our 10 year development plan, with 4 pillars. The purpose of Tunnel Vision is to complete building conservation and develop the facility to a sustainable level, empowering us to preserve the nationally designated historic.


Qualifications, Experience, and Competencies:

We require at least one year of post-secondary education, preferably in education or a related discipline. 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).

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

Rate of pay is $17.00/hour.


Education Interpreter
The role ensures smooth operation of our front-line visitor services, including conducting a wide range of excellent quality tours for school and public groups. Education interpreters (EIs) are also responsible for relief & occasional gift shop responsibilities, including cash handling, restocking, public information & 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 performed in compliance with the Atlas’ occupational health & safety policies.

1) Learn the history of coal mining in the Drumheller Valley, including the work & home life of the miners, the technical operation of the Atlas, and the social context in which the mines operated.
2) Develop school and public tours using Atlas Mine program outlines & interpretation standards. Ensure current programming intersects with Alberta curriculum. Training & tour development will be supported by the curator and line managers.
3) 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, familiarity tours as well as school tours and privately booked group tours. EIs will take the lead on school group bookings in May & June.
4) Perform gift shop duties as needed. This includes cash handling, restocking, booking tours, answering phone inquiries & giving tour/site information.
5) Perform cleaning duties to a high standard. This includes cleaning bathrooms, historic buildings & general site cleaning (emptying garbages, etc).
6) As we are a small team at the Atlas, assisting management with other tasks may be required throughout the job term.

Pay Rate


Term Of Appointment

Job Term May 4th, 2020 to Sept 7th, 2020

Hours Per Week


How To Apply

Please email your cover letter, resume and references to Deadline for application March 06, 2020