Manitoba Funeral Service Association ~"We Serve Because We Care"


I am interested in a career in funeral service, what is my first step?

Not everyone in funeral service jumped right in as a Funeral Director.  Many individuals, who are now licensed Funeral Directors, started on the ground floor and started working as a part-time Funeral Attendant or Office Administrator, Reception Hostess, Groundskeeper,  Driver or car washer.  After getting some much needed experience and seeing the profession from behind the scenes is when they truly realized this was the profession they wanted to persue.  They approached the owner/manager of the funeral home and expressed their desire to become a Funeral Director. 

If the opportunity was available they would be enrolled in one of the education programs, approved by the Funeral Board of Manitoba,  to become an Apprentice Funeral Director.   In some cases and with the right candidate and opportunity, you may be able to secure a position as a Funeral Director Apprentice at the very beginning.   That doesn't always work for everyone as the candidate may not be fully aware of the commitment required to be a Funeral Director.  It can also be more challenging for the employer as the opportuity to evaluate the candidate isn't quite the same as if they had been working for them or in the profession before taking the next step.   

Upon the successful completion of their education, one program is a minimum of two years of a combination of school and practical work experience, they would become a Licensed Funeral Director.  The process takes a great deal of commitment and effort but in the end it is well worth it! 

Caring for people who are experiencing what is likely the most difficult time in their life is rewarding beyond compare.

Contact your local MFSA Member to find out more on how to become a Funeral professional!

Job Opportunities

Licensed Embalmer

Hillcrest Funeral Home & Park Funeral Home

Arbor Memorial Inc.


Arbor Memorial Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a significant player in the cemetery and funeral business from coast to coast with over 140 locations across Canada.


Hillcrest Funeral Home and Park Funeral Home, both located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is currently recruiting a full-time dedicated Embalmer.


This position reports to the Funeral Home Manager.


We are looking to fill this position with a qualified, action-oriented and self-motivated individual who is capable of prioritizing and handling multiple demands simultaneously.


The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Oversee the decedent care for 500 families per year.
  • Supervise the assisting staff on a daily basis.
  • Coordinate daily, the status and requirements of the preparation room with the Funeral Director(s) responsible for scheduling.
  • Uses embalming skills to make a difference for the families we serve.
  • Meets and surpasses the needs and expectations of the families we serve.
  • Maintains active involvement within the community and is committed to building and establishing effective relationships and rapport.
  • Supports the Funeral Service Department’s vision of technology integration by understanding the role technology plays in the funeral home’s success.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for this role:

  • Possesses a Funeral Directors license and has a minimum of 5 years of experience as a Funeral Director/Embalmer.  Displays proven and superior embalming skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work effectively independently or as part of a team.
  • Excellent attention to detail and consistently high level of accuracy.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; verbal, written and presentation.
  • Demonstrated strong customer service skills with the ability to partner will all levels of the organization.
  • Exemplifies Arbor’s values of integrity, trust, teamwork and excellence.
  • Assumes ownership of ‘product’ – i.e. thoroughly believes in what Arbor is, and what we offer.
  • Excellent knowledge of Funeral Home procedures and business practices including Brand You and Funeral Home Procedures Manuals.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Continually betters oneself via literature, professional educational seminars, etc.
  • A valid driver’s license is a mandatory requirement for this position.


For more information about careers with Arbor Memorial Inc., please visit our career section at


If you are interested in applying for this position please email your resume and cover letter to:


Patrick Brown, Funeral Home Manager



Please quote “Embalmer” in the subject line.



We appreciate your interest, and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Completion of satisfactory business references, background checks (credit, criminal), employment testing and proof of education are essential conditions of employment


Arbor Memorial Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible work environment.  If you are contacted for an interview and/or testing and require accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department.    Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.



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