Burlington employs up to 33 people to help kids get safely to and from school by guarding crosswalks. Right now, only 16 of these positions are filled.
Crossing guards in Burlington earn $34.35 per day for two 45-50 minute shifts from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. and from 2:35 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Applicants must be 18 or over and pass a background check.
Jeff Padgett, division director for parking and traffic for the Burlington Department of Public Works, said traffic guard positions are notoriously hard to fill because of the odd hours. But Padgett said the city is willing to work with individuals who can only do mornings or afternoons. Neighbors can also band together to “adopt a crosswalk.”
“If an organization want to get 5 or 10 people certified and then commit to 2 or three shifts, cycling people in…,” Padgett said via email, “We’d be happy with that too.”
Right now, Padgett said traffic manager Dan Hill tries to distribute his 16 guards equitably across the city. Crossing guards are always posted at intersections where there is already a form of traffic control, be it a stop sign or a light signal, but guards offer a secondary form of safety and a guide for children.
“DPW has been steadily upgrading and improving pedestrian technology and access, especially at signalized intersections,” Padgett said. “But at stop-controlled intersections, there remain decisions to be made by the pedestrian. A watchful eye from an adult can help the kids learn the rules of the road at both types of intersection and teach them how to navigate the city safely and confidently.”
The city will provide crossing guards with training, safety clothes and a stop paddle. Contact traffic manager Dan Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.