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Security Guard

  • Classified

Salary range: 26

Reports to: Department Head


Under direction, serve as first contact with Palo Alto Emergency Services. Provide surveillance reports of non-school-hour problems at District Sites. Work to prevent vandalism, burglary and fire; related work as required.

  • High School Diploma or any equivalent combination of experience and training
  • Some understanding of Police security methods required
  • Have and maintain valid California driver's license and driving record that assures insurability by the district's carrier.
  • Perform weekend, holiday, and night shift on foot and/or in motorized vehicles
  • Check security of buildings by regularly testing doors and windows to see that they are locked
  • Provide visual surveillance of activities on District Campuses
  • Work closely with Police Officers and Firefighters to ensure security and protection of District property
  • Keep records of activities
  • Provide regular written reports of activities noted while performing duties
  • Perform minor maintenance tasks when necessary to protect life or property
  • If necessary, make citizen arrests
  • Make telephone contact for verification of addresses and phone numbers of suspicious individuals
  • Make temporary repairs
  • Answer communication calls in off-hours
  • Contact appropriate District personnel for assistance
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Make on-site decisions regarding correct contacts
  • Show good judgment in security methods while at the same time understanding that the position does not involve police apprehension techniques
  • With appropriate training, may be called upon to provide First Aid or CPR.
  • Maintain cooperative relationships with District personnel as well as Police personnel.
  • Understanding of Penal Code, State Education Code, business and professional codes, and Safety Codes as they relate to security of the District;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and coherently by telephone and radio equipment and in person.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a two-way radio and a computer keyboard; Use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; Reach with hands and arms; Climb or balance; Walking or standing for extended periods of time.

Lifting, carrying, and pushing objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Running or walking quickly to respond to emergency situations or restrain a student if needed; Sufficient strength to physically restrain a student if needed; Hearing and speaking to exchange information; Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching or crawl to observe and/or assist students.

Seeing to monitor students; Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works outdoors and may be exposed to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes, blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases, or interaction with disruptive/unruly individuals.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Year: 12 Months

Revision Date: 02/27/2014

Initial date: 07/01/1979

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.