SUMMER EMPLOYMENT: Parliamentary Guide

Requirements

You too could become a Parliamentary Guide!

Are you Canadian, bilingual and a university student? If so, apply to join our team of Parliamentary Guides who…

  • Welcome visitors to the Parliamentary buildings and answer their questions;
  • Interpret Canada’s political history and legislative process, the art and architecture of the Parliamentary buildings;
  • Adapt the content of the tour to the needs of groups which may include international visitors, dignitaries and school children.

As a Parliamentary Guide, you can hone your speaking abilities, perfect your second official language and form special friendships with people from coast to coast!

Personal and Skill Development

As a Parliamentary Guide you will:

  • Gain extensive knowledge of Canada’s political system, past and present, of Canada’s history and of the art and architecture of the Parliament buildings;
  • Improve your public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Practice and perfect your second language;
  • Develop important interpersonal and team working skills;
  • Build your confidence and expand your creativity;
  • Become more adaptable as you gain experience working in time-pressured and quickly evolving situations;
  • Develop your critical thinking skills and your professionalism;
  • Improve your client service and communication skills.

Wage

  • Guides are paid $17.58 per hour.
  • The Parliamentary Guide Program offers a living allowance of $1000 total to help cover expenses while in Ottawa (partially dependant on performance and contract completion).

Basic Requirements

To apply, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and provide scanned proof;
  • Be a student at a recognized university and provide a registrar’s seal (or equivalent, i.e. proof of payment, proof of status) as proof;
  • Be available for full-time employment from May to September 2nd 2019;
  • Be able to communicate fluently in English and French.

Responsibilities

Duties

You work in both official languages and provide a number of valuable services by:

  • Greeting and welcoming visitors to Parliament, both inside and outside the buildings;
  • Interpreting Canada’s political history, its legislative process and the art and architecture of the Parliament buildings;
  • Adapting your tour content to suit the needs of various groups, including international visitors, dignitaries and school groups;
  • Assisting and serving Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and the general public.

Application Details

How to Apply

Step 1:  You must apply online using the electronic application form (available at www.parl.gc.ca/guides) by January 22, 2019.

Step 2:  In addition, you must provide the supplementary documents listed below by email or fax, received no later than January 22, 2019:

    • Your curriculum vitae and a cover letter;
    • A proof of registration, proof of payment or proof of status confirming your student status;
    • A scanned proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.

*Only complete applications will be considered.

Please forward all supplementary documents:

By email:

·guides@parl.gc.ca
Please note in subject field: 2019 Parliamentary Guide Summer Recruitment, your name

By fax:

·1-613-995-1309
2019 Parliamentary Guide Summer Recruitment
Parliamentary Tours
Library of Parliament

Selection Criteria   

Applicants to the Parliamentary Guide Program will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of the Canadian legislative process and the history of Parliament;
  • Superior oral communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Professionalism and judgment;
  • Creativity, adaptability, confidence and a capacity to engage;
  • Initiative, focus and team work;
  • Ability to converse clearly, coherently and accurately, and to convey and understand a message easily in their second language at a superior level, as assessed by the House of Commons Language Assessment Centre.