The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
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Becoming a Guide


Please note that the application period for summer 2017 is from November 1, 2016, to January 17, 2017.

Do you like to be part of the action? Would you like to meet people from around the world and enrich your language skills in both English and French? A job as a guide-interpreter may be for you!

As a guide-interpreter, you will greet thousands of visitors, from students to tourists to dignitaries. You will conduct tours as part of our visitor programme, as well as during official ceremonies and events. In other words, you will be one of the front-line ambassadors of the institution.

This unique experience will allow you to learn new skills and prepare for your future career while building long-lasting friendships.

Eligibility criteria, qualifications and conditions of employment:

  • Canadian citizen
  • Full-time student in an undergraduate program in the winter 2017 term
  • Returning to full-time studies at a university for the fall 2017 term
  • Excellent public speaking skills, in both English and French (bilingual essential)
  • Strong skills in working with the public
  • Available to work 35 hours per week, five days a week, from May 1 to September 4, 2017,  variable schedule, including weekends, holidays and some evenings during official events.

For more information about the guide-interpreter positions at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle (Québec) or at Rideau Hall (Ottawa), please refer to the Guide-Interpreter, Official Residences of the Governor General of Canada posting.

Join our wonderful, dynamic team! Apply today!

An amazing experience awaits!

My job as a guide-interpreter at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle has been an enriching work experience, one that is related to both my field of study and my interest in Canadian heritage. Because every tour is different, I have become more adaptable and have had the opportunity to develop my communication skills in both official languages.

— Jessika Poirier

My work experience as a guide-interpreter allowed me to acquire in-depth knowledge of Canada’s political system and history. It has been wonderful showing the reception rooms in this historic site to visitors from around the world! It has also been an enriching experience to work in a bilingual environment, which has helped me to become more eloquent and versatile.

— Enya Bouchard

Being a guide-interpreter at the Residence of the Governor General is a great way to improve your public speaking skills and learn more about everything from Canadian history to heraldry. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet people from around the world. Each visit is unique and exciting because visitors ask the kinds of questions that help us to grow and be the best that we can be.

— Camille Desaulniers-Tremblay


Date modified: January 12, 2017