NORFOLK, Va. — The police department is looking for 39 reliable people who can help keep kids safe as they’re crossing intersections for school this year.

And, the pay is good — as in starting at $18 an hour good.

Last year’s pay for a crossing guard started at $12 but this year’s pay raise, said Daniel Hudson a spokesman for the Norfolk Police Department, was intended to attract more applicants.

“We are looking for motivated, dependable people that enjoy working with children and can work in all weather conditions,” he said.

The hours are before and after school with holidays and weekends off and applicants should be 18 or older and pass a drug screening and background check.

The job:

  • Gathers and controls children at crossing sections.
  • Signals traffic to stop or proceed to allow for the safe crossing of children.
  • Must be able to see and hear traffic, observe the color changes of signal lights and judge the distance and safe speed of vehicles in order to allow safe stopping distance.
  • Identifies and reports unsafe conditions or illegal activities at or near assigned locations.
  • Communicates safety instructions and directions to students, parents, and motorist traveling through the school zone.

To see if you’re qualified or to apply, click here.