The Turner Valley Gas Plant is a Provincial Historic Resource and a National Historic Site. Its story is a significant aspect of Alberta’s development and of Canada’s natural resources history.


On May 14, 1914, wet natural gas sprayed out of the well bore at Dingman No. 1 in Turner Valley and changed the nature of Alberta forever.

This discovery of petroleum led to the creation of Alberta's first natural gas plant, starting the modern era of oil and gas exploration and processing.

The Turner Valley plant was established to process the oil and gas found in Turner Valley. It was the birthplace of Alberta's petrochemical industry and, by undergoing decades of change and development, remained one of Canada's most significant petroleum processing facilities. The buildings and equipment reflect the evolution of natural gas processing and the technological changes in the oil and gas sector.

Download history of Turner Valley Gas Plant

To find more information about the Turner Valley oilfields please visit the web page of the Turner Valley Oilfield Society.


Employment Opportunities

We're hiring!

Are you interested in working in an historical environment sharing history of the Turner Valley Gas Plant with visitors of all ages and walks of life.

As a member of a dynamic team of interpretive staff, you will provide
interpretive tours of the historic gas plant, sharing the stories for drop-in individuals as well as organized tour groups. Other duties will include the collection of admission fees and visitor statistics, administering site surveys, marketing and promotions of the site and events, day-to-day administration, and maintaining general cleanliness and order of visitor facilities. This position is for weekend work, including statutory holiday Mondays. Some special tour bookings may occur during the work week, with potential for extra work hours.

A successful candidate for this position will be comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people, and able to read and assimilate large amounts of information quickly. He/she will have the ability to work with a range of audiences, from young children to seniors, and to work as a member of a team. He/ she must also be able to walk and stand for extended periods and be able to lift and carry moderate loads. This position requires a basic understanding of the history of Alberta, an interest in historical interpretation and literature, as well as planning and organizational skills.
Job specific training is provided starting May 3 to opening day and throughout the summer.


Post–secondary education and or/experience in the following fields is desirable: Historical Interpretation, Education, Canadian History, Language Arts, Marketing and/or Recreation Administration. The successful applicant will have a current Standard First Aid Certificate. Successful candidate must provide proof of first aid training and undergo security screening before hiring.


Wage rate: Interpreter $19.51/hr - $23.56/hr (under review)

Closest town for rental accommodations is Turner Valley. Personal transportation to and from work is required. This position runs from May – September 2023.

How to Apply

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Resources for applicants:

· https://www.alberta.ca/apply-for-jobs-with-the-alberta-public-service.aspx

· https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-hiring-process.aspx

· https://alis.alberta.ca/look-for-work/

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx. Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Applications close April 9, 2023. In your resume, please indicate that you are applying for the Historical Interpreter position at Turner Valley Gas Plant.

For further information, please contact David Makowsky, Director at David.Makowsky@gov.ab.ca or at 780-662-3855, ext. 1102.

Closing Statement

Thank you to all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.


Support Us

Donations associated with the Turner Valley Gas Plant may be accepted into the Historic Sites and Museums collection. Contact us for more information.