Locomotive Fireman

Calgary, AB Seasonal $22.00/hour

Department: Facilities & Maintenance - Trains

Position Type: Seasonal

Contract Start Date: April 20, 2024

Contract End Date: October 14, 2024

Hourly Rate: $22.00

Hours: Up to 40 hours per week (Monday to Sunday)

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 Train Engineer assists in the operation and maintenance of the steam locomotives to ensure safe and enjoyable transportation for passengers within the Heritage Park. This position is safety critical and responsible for the boiler control. This position involves assisting in the maintenance and operation of the train's steam engine, whilst ensuring compliance with safety standards, and collaborating with the train crew to create an enjoyable experience for Heritage Park visitors.   


Train Operations

  • Perform routine maintenance tasks to ensure the engine's proper functioning and reliability 
  • Assist in the start-up, operation, and shutdown of the train's steam engine 
  • Monitor and manage the firebox to maintain optimal steam pressure to support engine performance 
  • Maintains the water level in the locomotive boiler and the fire in the firebox 
  • Maintain accurate records of fuel usage, maintenance tasks, and any incidents related to the engine 
  • Work closely with maintenance personnel to address any technical issues or perform routine inspections 
  • Assist in minor repairs or adjustments to the engine as directed 
  • Monitor fuel levels and assist in maintaining an inventory of necessary supplies for the engine and reporting any fuel shortages or maintenance needs promptly to the appropriate personnel 
  • Ensure the safety of passengers and pedestrians by checking the track for obstructions, checking the train for the dragging of loose objects, making certain the tracks are clear of people and addressing any problems immediately in an appropriate manner 
  • Interpret signals and relay messages to the Train Engineer 
  • Adhere to safety protocols and guidelines related to the operation of the train's engine 
  • Follow emergency procedures and respond promptly in the event of engine-related issues or other emergencies 
  • Adhere to emergency procedures on the train, coordinating the emergency response by directing the Train Crew and alerting the Chief Engineer and other relevant personnel of the emergency situation 
  • Provides Customer Service and information to visitors as necessary in a courteous and friendly manner. 
  • Notes and reports any property damage or unsafe working conditions. 
  • Create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors with a customer-focused approach, providing courteous and friendly customer service and information to enhance the overall visitor experience 
  • Operate the engine as directed if 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 through 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:

  • Enrolment in or completion of 4th Class Power Engineering certification is required 
  • Completion of Heritage Park in-house railway certification (HROR) is required prior to operation (training will be provided) 
  • Previous experience in a similar role, preferably working with steam or diesel engines is preferred 
  • Prior experience working in a COR (Certificate of Recognition for Health and Safety) certified organization is an asset 
  • Knowledge of safety procedures related to engine operations 
  • Keen attentiveness to surroundings and strong observational skills to ensure safety protocols are followed, including vigilant monitoring for pedestrians, obstacles, or potential hazards within the operating environment 
  • The abilities to detect problems and solve them quickly and efficiently are necessary 
  • Excellent demonstrated communication skills (verbal and written) 
  • Commitment to continuous learning and development 
  • 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; 
  • Employees are eligible for a CSA-approved footwear allowance to ensure their safety and compliance with workplace regulations 

Special Working Conditions: 

  • The position will be exposed to weather extremes and will work both indoors and outdoors 
  • This position is physically demanding, and the incumbent must have the ability to lift heavy items 
  • This position requires a considerable amount of walking, standing for long periods of time, walking through the Park for extended periods and other strenuous duties  

Hours of Work: 

  • The standard hours for this position are 40 hours per week 
  • The schedule will generally consist of 2 working days followed by 4 rest days 
  • Holiday and evening work may be required 

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