The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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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 recognized 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 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 Rideau Hall (Ottawa) or the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle (Québec), 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!

Since I have started working at Rideau Hall, I have had the chance to develop a vast set of skills that I can take with me anywhere. Bringing our history alive every day by sharing it with fellow Canadians has made me become more aware of my own heritage and what it means to be Canadian.

— Kayla Cardinal Lafrance

Rideau Hall is an incredible place to work if you enjoy conversing with people from around the world and sharing with them your own knowledge and passion for Canadian history. What makes this job unique and captivating is the fact that it is a learning process that never ceases.

— Katarina Cappuccino

Being a tour guide has not only given me the chance to meet with amazing visitors from all walks of life, but it has also given me the opportunity to significantly improve my public speaking skills. Rideau Hall is a wonderful work environment that allows you to teach and learn new things about Canada every day!

Jérémy Gauthier

Date modified: January 11, 2017