On-Call School Crossing Guard

Job description

On-Call School Crossing Guards

Enjoy the fresh outdoors. Play an important role in the lives of school-aged children. Get paid to make a difference in your community. Become a crossing guard! We are currently recruiting On-Call Crossing Guards for the school year. Join the Ottawa Safety Council in keeping kids safe in the Nation’s capital

Become an On-Call Crossing Guard!

  • - Earn $30 per day to be on-call PLUS earnings for any shifts worked;
  • - Must be available to take shifts 7:30-9:30 am & 2:00-4:30 pm Monday-Friday;
  • - Must have vehicle to get to locations in their assigned “Zone” quickly for last minute shifts


Covers all intersections in the following neighbourhoods/areas:

  • Wellington West
  • Westboro
  • Woodroffe/Carlingwood
  • Centrepointe
  • Carlington
  • Meadowlands/Fisher Glen
  • Bayshore
  • Bells Corners


Covers all intersections in the following neighbourhoods/areas:

  • The Glebe
  • Old Ottawa South
  • Centertown West
  • Vanier
  • Rockcliffe Park
  • Gloucester
  • Blackburn Hamlet

Our On-Call Crossing Guards are our best last-minute lifelines to ensure our designated intersections have a Crossing Guard. We hire one On-Call per area and they earn $30 per school day to be “on-call” and available. They may be called very last minute to work, sometimes only within 5-20 minutes before a shift is supposed to start; therefore, we hire candidates that live within the area that they would work in so that they are able to get to locations quickly. This also means that our On-Calls must have a reliable vehicle.

While On-Calls may not get called to work everyday, they MUST still have the ability to work if needed. They must ALWAYS be available during school bell times, roughly between 7:30-9:30 am & 2:00-4:20 pm – Monday to Friday.

Additionally, On-Calls receive earnings for any shifts actually worked on top of the daily $30 “stipend” to be on-call. There are different rates of pay depending on what type of shift you are being asked to work, however majority of the shifts are 40-60 minutes long and earn $17 each.

Here are the specific job duties:

  • Direct or escort pedestrians across the street, stopping traffic as necessary.
  • Communicate traffic, crossing rules, and other information to students and adults.
  • Report unsafe student behaviour to school officials.
  • Inspect your intersection on a daily basis and report any unsafe conditions.
  • Monitor traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which pedestrians can cross.
  • Be aware of emergency vehicles approaching the area ad ensure that they have priority over vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
  • Record license plates of dangerous motorists and report to appropriate officials.

Crossing Guards are the leaders and first line of defence at the crossing locations.

Job requirements

Here's what we need from you:

  • Recent Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check (PRC) (Can be completed during the application process.  Costs are reimbursed by the OSC.  Employment offer conditional upon a PRC)
  • Effective verbal and listening communications skills in English
  • Ability to interact and cooperate with people of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently and complete daily activities according to a work schedule
  • Ability to walk briskly, move repeatedly in and out of the intersection, and stand for up to 1.5 hrs
  • Ability to hold a 5-lb Stop Sign Paddle above shoulder height for extended periods of time
  • 20/20 Vision (with or without corrective lenses) along with adequate depth and peripheral perception
  • Ability to dress appropriately for, and perform moderate physical labour under adverse weather conditions

About the Ottawa Safety Council

The Ottawa Safety Council is a local non-profit organization that delivers best-in-class road safety services, education, training, and awareness to guide communities towards safer roads, no matter how travelled.

The Ottawa Safety Council is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve.  We encourage candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.