Teamster Assistant

Calgary, AB Seasonal $16.50/hour

Department: Programming & Experience - Animal Care and Agriculture

Position Type: Seasonal

Hourly Rate: $16.50           

Contract Start Date: April 1, 2024

Contracts End Date: December 31, 2024

Hours: Up to 40 hours per week

What we offer:

  • Flexible work arrangements where no one day is similar
  • Working in a beautiful park setting
  • Free entrance to the Park, including to our many public special events
  • Employee discounts on food and retail items and free parking

Who We Are:

Heritage Park is Canada's largest living history museum and offers visitors a chance to experience life in Western Canada from the 1860s to the early 1950s. The Park features historical buildings, costumed interpreters, working antiques, and various exhibits that provide insight into the region's past.

Job Overview:

Under the direction of the Teamster Coordinator, assists with all aspects of care and proper handling of assigned horses and livestock. Under the supervision of a Teamster, drives and cares for Heritage Park horses in a manner which is both safe and enjoyable for guests.

Responsibilities:

Horse Care and Transportation

  • Assists with the feeding, care and proper handling of all assigned horses and animals as needed, including their cleaning, grooming and exercising
  • Observe for sickness, disease, or injury and assists with appropriate treatment as required
  • Assists with the maintenance and repair, of all assigned equipment, harness, machinery, buildings, fences, pens, corals, and pastures in accordance of prescribed standards, including safety and cleanliness
  • Assists with catching, harnessing and hooking up teams, ensuring proper handling of equipment and following procedures
  • Drives or rides, along with the Teamster on a daily basis (as experience and time permits) in order to gain more competency and knowledge with driving, while still providing an interactive and engaging experience to Park visitors
  • Ensures that all relevant equipment and areas (such as barns, stalls and paddocks) are cleaned and kept tidy
  • Ensure guests, staff, and volunteers have a positive experience by being friendly and courteous, greeting guests warmly, and handling situations with positivity
  • Create a welcoming environment for visitors, answering questions and providing information to enhance their visit
  • Assist in farming operation at Heritage Park including plowing, seeding, harvesting, haying and threshing if required 
  • Perform other duties as required

Organizational Excellence and Wellbeing

  • Contribute to inspiring and immersive experiences at the Park through your roles and responsibilities by engaging in Heritage Park initiatives that align with the overall mission and vision of the Park
  • Demonstrate commitment to workplace health and safety by complying with Heritage Park's Health, Safety and Environment Management System (HSEMS), following safe work practices, reporting work-related incidents, injuries and hazards, participating in employer training, and adhering policies including the Code of Conduct and the Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy
  • Actively support a positive work environment by creating an atmosphere of inclusion, engagement and fulfillment in line with Heritage Park values
  • Demonstrate responsible stewardship of our people, collections and financial assets by ensuring that they are handled with integrity, sustainability, and a focus on long-term benefits for the organization and its stakeholders

Required Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in or completion of secondary education is required; post-secondary education in a field related to agriculture would be an asset.
  • Prior large animal (livestock) care experience would be an asset
  • Knowledge specifically of proper care and health procedures combined with horse husbandry experience is required
  • Previous job-related experience in driving or riding horses would be an asset
  • Prior Teamster Assistant type experience is an asset
  • Ability to detect illness and behavioural changes in horses and provide proper care
  • Willingness to develop skills as a teamster if deemed suitable
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills in a client-faced setting
  • All successful candidates (over the age of 18) will be required to go through a Police Information Check as a condition of employment. 

Special Clothing and Equipment:

  • Appropriate costuming and safety equipment will be provided by Heritage Park; 
  • Footwear, as designated by the Heritage Park Costume Department, will be provided by the employee.

 Special Working Conditions:

  • This position involves consistent physical labour, and lifting upwards of 50-75 lbs regularly is not uncommon. Working with livestock also implies a degree of unpredictability.
  • Must be prepared to walk and/or stand outdoors and work in various weather conditions, including working in unheated and non-air-conditioned buildings for extended periods.

Hours of Work:

  • The schedule varies and will include weekdays, weekends, statutory holidays, and fluctuating hours as required up to 40 hrs per week. 
  • Preference will be considered for candidates who will have open availability and flexibility. 

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