Costume Coordinator

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village Branch (of which Historic Dunvegan is a part) is seeking a full-time Costume Coordinator, based in Edmonton, Alberta. 

Role Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Seasonal Sites Curator, the Costume Coordinator is responsible for the acquisition, production, research and management of historically accurate interpretive costumes, essential for the accurate portrayal and interpretation of Branch sites. This position produces and acquires historically representative garments from various eras, issues costumes and educates interpreters on correct appearance and costume care, and maintains garments through proper storage, cleaning and repair. In addition, the position is responsible for maintaining a costuming database tracking an extensive inventory of costumes (several thousand pieces of clothing, headwear, footwear and other accessories), sewing materials and supplies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Construct historically accurate costumes and coordinate the production of these costumes for the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) Branch sites.
  • Issue and retrieve costumes for seasonal staff and volunteers.
  • Implement and maintain procedures for overseeing the interpretive costume, fabric and pattern inventories using a FileMaker Pro database system.
  • Identify, implement and research garment cleaning and maintenance procedures to ensure the care and longevity of costuming garments.
  • Prepare and administer the interpretive costume budget to ensure the efficient use of allocated funds to meet interpretive costume needs at the various UCHV Branch sites.
  • Operate and perform maintenance on a range of equipment used for costume construction and care.
  • Conduct research on historically appropriate clothing, accessories and personal deportment to ensure that interpreter appearance accurately represents the time periods interpreted at the historic sites in the UCHV Branch.
  • Train interpretation staff on issues relating to interpretive costumes and provide interpretive costume information to other interest groups, as requested, 
  • From time to time, supervise and train temporary positions, contractors, volunteers and practicum students to ensure that costume construction and maintenance meets the standards of historical accuracy and quality of work. 

For more information and to apply, please visit https://jobpostings.alberta.ca/job/Edmonton-Costume-Coordinator/580004917/ 




Seasonal Historic Interpreter

Hiring for the 2024 season is now complete. Information on how to apply for positions next season will be posted in March 2025.

Every spring, Historic Dunvegan looks for dynamic individuals to work with a small team to learn about Alberta’s history and develop skills in presenting this information to schoolchildren and drop-in visitors of all ages and backgrounds, while assisting the Program Coordinator with the daily operations of the site. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Interpreting the site themes of Indigenous, Fur Trade, and Mission history through guided tours of historic buildings to visitors
  • Planning and presenting activities such as crafts and games to visitors
  • Providing front-line customer service and information to visitors
  • Planning and presenting special events
  • Completing transactions and sales of admissions and gift shop items within a point-of-sale system
  • Completing day-to-day administration, including accurately maintaining daily cash and transaction reports
  • Assisting with gift shop management, including maintaining displays and inventory
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of the Visitor Centre and historic buildings, including sweeping, light dusting, rodent removal, etc.

Job specific training is provided prior to site opening.

Successful candidates for the position will:

  • Provide proof of Standard First Aid certification that is current through the season (paid for by candidate and obtained on candidate’s own time)
  • Provide a current criminal record check
  • Be able to get themselves to and from the site each day they work
  • A Class 5 Driver’s License is an asset, and a Driver’s Abstract may be requested
  • Abide by and be directed by Alberta Government policies, procedures, and directives including the Code of Conduct and Ethics for the Public Service of Alberta and Respectful Workplace policy
  • Be able to learn large amounts of information quickly and be able to confidently speak and work with a range of audiences from varying backgrounds and ages
  • Work collaboratively as a member of a small workplace team
  • Have proficient communication, organizational, and creativity skills
  • Be able to stand and walk for extended periods, as well as lift and carry moderate loads (fire wood, plastic totes, chairs, etc.)
  • Have a basic understanding of the history of Alberta
  • Some post-secondary education and/or experience in Historic Interpretation, Education, Drama, Canadian History, or Aboriginal Studies is an asset
  • Previous experience in customer service, working with children and/or seniors, fluency in French or any second language, and heritage skills (ie., beadwork, finger weaving, playing an instrument,  etc.) are also assets

Salary & Compensation
Wage rate: Interpreter $20.05/hr - $24.22/hr

This is a full time (36.25 hours per week), seasonal position. Interpreters generally work Wednesdays though Sundays, with Mondays and Tuesdays as days of rest. Work hours are 9:15am-5:30pm, with a one-hour unpaid lunch break. Weekend work is required.

This is a Bargaining Unit position covered under the Collective Agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees representing Subsidiary #001.  


Stephanie McLachlan
Program Coordinator