The City of Austin's School Crossing Guard Program provides adult crossing guards to assist pedestrian and bicyclists, primarily elementary students, crossing busy streets near schools on their way to and from schools in and around the City of Austin. Each crossing guard receives comprehensive training in their specific duties, local traffic regulations and crossing techniques. The Crossing Guard Program employs 230 crossing guards and crossing guard supervisors, stationed at 97 elementary schools in Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Eanes ISD, Leander ISD, Manor ISD, Pflugerville ISD, and Round Rock ISD. Visit www.austincityjobs.org to apply.
Criteria for Schools to have a Crossing Guard
All requests for crossing guards should be supported by the Campus Advisory Council (CAC) for the school. With CAC approval, call Austin 311 or submit an online 311 request citing the specific intersection for the proposed crossing guard.
The request will be received by the Safe Routes to School Program, which will conduct a pedestrian and bicycle count on an unannounced, fair-weather day to determine an accurate average count. A minimum of 20 children crossing during school zone hours is the usual standard to warrant a crossing guard. Other factors considered are:
Line of sight issues
Adult to children ratios
In some cases a school, such as a middle School, high school, etc. may not qualify for a paid City of Austin Crossing Guard. If the school chooses to place a crossing guard volunteer at a location near their school, the Principal may request the City of Austin Safe Routes to School Program provide training for one or more volunteers. The City of Austin will train and provide equipment to the volunteer(s) however, recruiting, compensation, and scheduling are the responsibility of the requesting school.
How to Become a Crossing Guard
If you’re interested in a Crossing Guard position and want to know more about job requirements, pay rate (currently $13.50/hour), hours, and available locations, please contact Leticia Richardson via e-mail or at 512-974-9181.
The minimum essential functions are:
Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing with children, supervisor, school employees, other city employees and the general public.
Ability to understand verbal and written instructions.
Ability to walk or stand in adverse weather conditions, including extreme heat, cold, rain, thunderstorms, etc.
Ability to hear and see approaching traffic or pedestrians and perceive and appropriately respond to potential traffic hazards.
Ability to raise and carry a stop sign weighing up to 5 pounds upright, continuously for up to 2 minutes each crossing activity.
Ability to push or pull a child weighing up to 100 pounds when necessary.
Ability to bend from the waist and/or twist when necessary.
Ability to respond to potential emergency situations.
If you meet these requirements and are ready to complete an application for a Crossing Guard position, please view the application instructions.