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Crossing Guards (Part-time/Spare)

Job Details
Open Date Jul 22 2020 - 08:30:00 AM Close Date Dec 31 2020 - 04:30:00 PM
Position Title Crossing Guards (Part-time/Spare) Posting Type Temporary Part Time
Posting Status Active Position Length Fixed Term
Department Group Integrated Planning & Public Works Hours per Week N/A
Department Integrated Planning & Public Works Openings 4
Education Other    
Competition 20-XGD
Union Position No


NOW HIRING for the 2020-2021 School Year

Part Time & Spare Crossing Guards 

What is better than only working two hours a day while enjoying the fresh air and being physically active?    Doing those things while making a difference in your community!

If this sounds appealing to you, please apply below!

Position Description: Part-time Crossing Guards play an important role keeping children safe on their way to and from school. The ideal candidates are responsible, community-minded individuals that have their own transportation to work at various locations throughout the City and are able to work mornings and after school.

Rate of pay: $15.26/hour.   Spare guards receive “on-call” pay of 5 hours per week (1 hour Mon.-Fri.)

Work locations:   Locations and work times for guards are based on several factors, including gaps in the traffic flow, number of students crossing and surrounding conditions.   For more information on possible work locations, please visit: http://www.waterloo.ca/en/living/crossingguards.asp

Hours of work:   September 2020 -  June 2021, up to two hours per day.

Morning:  Primary morning hours are between 7:45AM – 9:30AM, depending on location (1 hour)

Afternoon:  Primary afternoon hours are between 2:45PM – 4:15PM, depending on location (1 hour)


  • Control the flow of traffic to allow for the safe crossing of students and pedestrians.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively using spoken commands and hand signals.
  • Instruct students and other pedestrians in safe crossing procedures.
  • Exercise judgment in determining safe opportunities to cross students and pedestrians.
  • Oversee the safe conduct of students at assigned school crossing while waiting to cross.
  • Document and report incidents to supervisor.
  • Abide by the Highway Traffic Act, Health & Safety Act and City of Waterloo Policies and procedures.

Physical Requirements:

  • Good vision - must be able to see vehicles, different colours (stop lights), children and traffic signal indications from close and far distances
  • Good hearing - must be able to communicate with children, motorists, parents and hear vehicles approaching, honking, etc.
  • General Alertness - ability to assess vehicles stopping, anticipate children’s and motorists actions
  • Sure Footing - Able to walk on snow, slippery conditions caused by ice and rain, inclement weather i.e. cold, hot, etc.
  • Walking speed of .9m/sec for approximately a 6m distance
  • Holding arm up at shoulder height and bending elbow, extending arm above head, holding stop sign (approx. 2 lb.) for 1 minute intermittently for a 45 min. period
  • Able to stand for approximately 2 hour duration in all weather conditions
  • Access to reliable transportation as work hours may be outside of public transportation operations.

Conditions of Employment:  

  • A current Police Vulnerable Sector Check satisfactory to the city is required immediately upon hire.
  • A successful pre-employment medical examination.

To apply:
Interested and qualified applicants are asked to submit a resume and cover letter in one document when you apply.

The City of Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

City of Waterloo Crossing Guard Testimonials:

“Being a school crossing guard has been an unexpected pleasure in many ways.  My wife and I decided to do it to give us some added income in retirement and found that the added benefits were most certainly the children we got to meet every day as they both entertain and enrich our lives. Not only does it give us a sense of purpose everyday but it gives back to the community we live in.

Additional benefits are receiving 40 passes each a year for the Waterloo Recreation Centre where we go weekly to aquafit classes and the number of days off a year,for example all statutory days,2 weeks at Christmas, a week for March break as well as all the PA days which gives good flexibility for our other interests.

In short our association with a good group of people and a great employer ensures our needs on the job, and we get paid for two hours a day. I recommend it to anyone. “

- B.H., Crossing Guard Since 2011

“We are told the first person a child sees when arriving at school is the Crossing Guard. A trust is developed with the children and parents….They love their crossing guard...The children are polite, saying good morning, thank you and they always look to you to get them across the street safely… The children give our day a great start and finish.”

- G.A., Crossing Guard since 2009

"For me being a crossing guard is totally about the children. They are like a breath of fresh air.  It can make you laugh or cry but most often you go home with a lot of joy in your heart and your spirit uplifted... it is a chance to effect a child's life in a positive way. You are the first person the child meets in the morning so besides keeping them safe you have a chance to make their day start out right with a message of positivity and and a good dose of high self esteem. I would not have passed on being a crossing guard as the personal rewards are high. It was the best job I ever had in my forty-five years of working."

- J.R.,Crossing Guard since 2006

"Being a School Crossing Guard offers the opportunity to stay active in the community.  It is also a great way to earn some extra money while meeting new people."

- L.D. Crossing Guard since 2007