JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With Duval County public schools set to resume in a little more than a week, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is looking to fill 25 school crossing guard positions.
The part-time positions allow children to cross intersections safely to and from school.
Most of the positions open are for elementary schools in Jacksonville, such as Love Grove Elementary School off busy University Boulevard.
"Because of working with the children and helping them get across, that's how I realized I wanted to work with children and that's why I went back to school and got my degree," said Jennifer Hartley.
Jennifer and Rayford Hartley are former crossing guards, and they say it was a rewarding experience helping kids every day.
"Like I was a dad to them crossing the road with them," Rayford said.
School crossing guards work one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon for a maximum of 10 hours a week and will get paid $9.56 an hour.
JSO says it's preferred the applicant's home address is close to the school he or she will assist to avoid costly travel time. JSO says anyone can apply.
"Senior citizens that just want to get out and do a little something to get out of the house but don't want to be tied down all day," JSO spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda said. "So it's a perfect job for them -- one hour in the morning and one in the afternoon."
Those selected will have to pass a background check and a drug screening and complete eight hours of classroom and field training. They will also have to pass a written exam and practice exam after training.
Anyone interested in applying and seeing what schools have openings can click here for more information.