Security Guard

Austin, TX

Security Guard

City of Austin

$15.48 – $17.74 per hour



The Security Guard position is responsible for the safety and security of the Austin Public Library. The individual in this position will monitor behavior in the library to ensure all individuals adhere to our policies. This position may require travel between locations as part of the regular workday.



  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus one (1) year of experience providing security services.



  • Knowledge of monitoring Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and surveillance cameras.
  • Ability to work “on call” rotation and respond to off-hour emergencies in a timely manner.
  • Knowledge of building alarms, access cards, and security key inventories.
  • General knowledge of building safeguards (including opening/closing procedures) and daily safety protocols.
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.




Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Picks up stolen property and handles loss and found items
  2. Operates, repairs, and maintains equipment/reports maintenance problems
  3. Provides delivery/courier services
  4. Conducts safety inspection of facilities, i.e., fire extinguishers, life/safety equipment, etc.
  5. Performs situation assessments and investigates work incidents
  6. Identifies, assists, and gives clearance to entering patrons
  7. Provides security and assistance to the public and various law enforcement agencies
  8. Issues parking citations
  9. Administers first aid
  10. Provides training
  11. Identifies suspects and/or research computer databases to identify fingerprints
  12. Responds to fire alarms, security alarms, and accidents – contact appropriate emergency personnel
  13. Directs traffic and provides crowd control services
  14. Maintains logs and incident reports
  15. Monitors and operates electronic doors, gates, security systems, etc.
  16. Acts as alternate guard when necessary
  17. Manages crises security by soliciting vendors during emergency situations, i.e., plumbers, electricians, elevator repairmen, etc.
  18. Coordinates building repairs and assist with minor car repairs
  19. Processes and traces evidence
  20. Testifies in court

Responsibilities – Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised: (None).




Must possess the required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of Federal, State, Local laws, and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of city practice, policy, and procedure.
  • Knowledge of supervisory, managerial techniques, and principles.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem-solving.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public.

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