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Athletics Mascot

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

This position will remain open until April 2024 and start dates will vary depending on departmental needs and availability of the candidate.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Athletics Mascot
Position Summary
The Athletics department is hiring multiple positions with start dates throughout the year.  Hours will be variable and dependent upon athletic game schedules.  This posting will remain open until April 2024 and review of applicants will be ongoing.  

Rufus the mascot is responsible for representing Red Deer Polytechnic and for initiating positive contact and energy with the public at athletic, promotional, and public events.
The incumbent will be responsible for either: 1) performing the role of Rufus; or 2) assisting with the interaction of Rufus with the public.
Whether performing the role of Rufus or assisting with the interaction of Rufus with the public, the incumbent will interact positively and enthusiastically with the public at specified events. The incumbent is also responsible for maintaining the Rufus costume.
Position Responsibilities
Meet, greet and interact with the public at specified events
  • Represent Red Deer Polytechnic by performing as Rufus the mascot or by assisting the mascot performer at sporting and community events.
  • Display high energy and generate enthusiasm with event attendees
  • Spontaneously interact with the general public, especially young children, in an energetic and enthusiastic manner at public events
  • Ensures the safety of the mascot (stairs, walking in crowds, boisterous fans, etc)

Promote Red Deer Polytechnic
  • Create an atmosphere of fun and frolic during specified events, increasing and promoting RDP school spirit.

Care of Costume
  • Safely wear the costume
  • Care for the costume, cleaning after each use, reporting any necessary repairs

Required Qualifications
  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred
  • Proven ability to confidently interact enthusiastically and positively with members of the general public
  • Proven ability to be able to withstand physical exertion (movement in a large costume; able to navigate stairs; able to remain standing or walk for long periods of time)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Preferred Qualifications
Salary or Hourly? Hourly
Salary $17.71 per hour
Benefits and Compensation Information
An additional 15% of the hourly rate in lieu of vacation, statutory holidays and benefits.
About Red Deer Polytechnic
Focused on advancing the economic and social priorities of Alberta, Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) provides more than 80 industry-relevant programs within a breadth of credentials to approximately 6,300 credit and apprenticeship students and 3,400+ learners with Extended Education programming. With modern teaching and learning spaces, and state-of-the-art research and innovation centres in advanced manufacturing and energy innovation, the Polytechnic provides applied research opportunities, leadership in the social, economic, and cultural development of Alberta, and myriad lifelong learning opportunities.

Red Deer Polytechnic’s main campus is located on Treaty 7, Treaty 6 and Métis ancestral lands. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.

Whatever brings you to Red Deer Polytechnic, we are glad you are here. And we look forward to having you as a valued member of our polytechnic community.
Posting Detail Information

Competition Number 2023-A-080
Employment Type Casual
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date 08/28/2023
Position End Date (if term-certain) 06/14/2024
Hours of Work Hours of work will vary, include evenings and weekends, and be dependent upon operational needs
Open Date 06/13/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Note to Applicant
To fulfill Red Deer Polytechnic’s mission to enrich the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social development of Central Alberta, people representing diverse perspectives and experiences are required. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous persons, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, persons with any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Red Deer Polytechnic will provide job applicants with accommodations in accordance with the Alberta Human Rights Code. To request an accommodation, please contact All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Special Instructions to Applicants
This position will remain open until April 2024 and start dates will vary depending on departmental needs and availability of the candidate.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents