Security Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

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A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

  • Security Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Security Officer (Unarmed)
  • Security Guard (No Exp. Needed)
  • Security Officer (Part-Time)
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Security Job Description Examples:


Example 1

*Loss Prevention Services Limited* (LPS) is the premier provider of security personnel assisting a wide client base with encouragement and education on current Covid-19 protocols within retail stores. LPS is currently seeking *PART TIME and FULL TIME* applicants in *London*, Ontario. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong knowledge in the Criminal Code of Canada, Citizens Powers of Arrest, and Trespass to Property Act and have a security orientated education Specific Expectations - Working in retail environment to deter anti social behavior Duties & Responsibilities: * Provide security to people and property * Follow proper procedures and protocols * Write extensive incident reports while utilizing knowledge in Trespass to Property Act and Citizens Powers of Arrest * Represent Loss Prevention Services in a professional manner at all times Minimum Requirements: * Valid Ontario Security Guard License * High school Diploma (preference will be given to Police Foundations/Law & Security graduates) * Cell phone with a data plan * Ability to work on weekends * Physically fit to walk for extended periods of time * High degree of honest & integrity * Reliable vehicle is an asset Compensation: * Entry level position: $17.00-$19.00 per hour based on experience and education * Paid training * Medical benefits for full time employees Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: $17.00-$19.00 per hour Benefits: * Dental care * Disability insurance * Extended health care * Flexible schedule * Life insurance * On-site parking * Vision care * Wellness program Schedule: * 10 hour shift * 12 hour shift * 8 hour shift * Day shift * Monday to Friday * Overtime * Weekend availability Application question(s): * Do you own a smartphone with data access? * Do you have any restrictions on your availability? If yes, please list below what you cannot work. * Are you physically fit to stand for extended periods of time? * Ontario Security Guard License (required) Work remotely: * No

Example 2

This site provides cultural and educational programs while supporting culturally sensitive *long-term care and independent living apartments for seniors*. *This position is in the North York area.* *These positions/shifts are 12 hours Days 8am to 8pm. * *Guard MUST be fully vaccinated with booster and send proof when hired* · You must be able to communicate with all staff, clients and family member.
  • Good communicator and decision maker · Duties: Everyone must be asked questions and be able to answer all. · All visitors entering will be actively screened, sign into the log book and checked for their dual vaccine receipt. All visitors must be fully vaccinated. · All doors must be checked and locked during the night shift, making sure no vagrants enter · It is up to the guards to approach the person and if it is not an emergency, phone the non- emergency phone number for police · Your security and customer focused experience will allow you to transition into this post with ease. How you present yourself and represent yourself to GSS, the client, their employees, contractors, customers, and visitors is paramount to this position. · Simplified Task List:
  • Monitoring all unauthorized entry or access to restricted areas, Recording all staff, family members etc. · Report writing, emailing and record keeping · Potential Health and Safety Issues · Illegal Activity on property, Theft and Vandalism, Fire Watch
  • Customer Service and Promotion of the client Being able to multi-task, present a positive attitude, sometimes work alone and also in a team atmosphere are strengths that you have already developed with your work experience. · Your ability to read, write, report and think critically, while on &;your feet&;, will serve you well and allow you to succeed. · Your attention to detail is how you show professional maturity. You must possess a valid Ontario Security Guard license, WHMIS 2015 certification, valid First Aid certificate and have some level of customer service knowledge. Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Casual Part-time hours: 36 per week Salary: $15.50-$16.00 per hour Schedule: * 12 hour shift * Day shift Experience: * Customer service: 2 years (preferred) * Communication skills: 2 years (required) Language: * Italian (preferred) * Security Guard Licence (required) * First Aid Certification (required) Shift availability: * Day Shift (required)
  • Example 3

    FirstService Residential is North America’s foremost property management firm. Specializing in Property Management, Front Desk Security Guards, Cleaners and Superintendent within our Property Services Department. We are hiring for an experienced Security Supervisor at one of our High End condominiums we manage. We are hiring in the following locations and hours: Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:00PM Location: Toronto, ON *Must have previous experience as a security supervisor leading a team in a condominium or similar setting. Security Guard Skills and Qualifications: * Valid Security Guard License & Emergency First Aid * Excellent Communication skills (verbal and report writing) * Intermediate computer skills * Excellent Customer Service skills; outgoing and friendly personality; committed to providing exceptional service excellence to customers and employees * 2 years of Experience in the Security industry, Law Enforcement and/or Military field * Secondary school education (or equivalent). Post-Secondary education is an asset * Security and Police Foundations Diploma is an asset * Ability to work rotating shifts including: afternoons, overnights and weekends Benefits of working as a Security Guard with FirstService Residential: FirstService Residential is North America’s foremost property management firm specializing in Property Management, Front Desk Security Guards, Cleaners and Superintendent within our Property Services Department. * Ontario’s leading Property Services Company * Excellent opportunity for learning and professional development * Competitive salary and benefits package We thank all applicants for their interest in applying for a position at FirstService Residential. Your credentials will be reviewed and only those candidates who meet the qualifications of the role will be selected and contacted for an interview. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent FirstService Residential is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: Up to $20.00 per hour Benefits: * Dental care * Extended health care * Vision care Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Monday to Friday Experience: * Security Supervisor: 1 year (required) * Security Concierge: 1 year (preferred) * Customer Service: 1 year (preferred) * Ontario Security License (required)

    Example 4

    Vancouver Aquarium, one of the many properties owned by Herschend Family Entertainment, prides itself on working towards bringing families closer together and to creating memories worth repeating. Our Core Values – greatly exceeding guest expectations, serving others, creating emotional connections, constantly improving – give us purpose and guidance. * Summary* _ While contributing to a great visitor experience, the Security Guard is responsible for Vancouver Aquarium security including public safety (crowd control & crime prevention response), primary first aid and building and grounds security. Please note this role participates in shift rotation including days, evenings, weekends and/or overnight shifts so flexibility of availability is required._ * ONLY Candidates WITH A VALID Security License AND Occupational FIRST AID LEVEL 1 WILL BE TAKEN INTO Consideration.* * KEY * Provides a safe environment for the Vancouver Aquarium’s customers, visitors, employees and volunteers by: * * Assisting with crowd control, incident prevention and general safety; * Making regular security rounds to ensure that the facility is in compliance with Aquarium standards; * Responding to security incidents; * Implementing loss prevention strategies. * Provides first aid and support by: * * Assisting to ensure Aquarium compliance with WorkSafeBC first aid and safety regulations; * Responding to first aid calls and providing first aid for customers, visitors, employees and volunteers; * Assisting with the maintenance, auditing and stocking of first aid equipment; * Properly completing and filing first aid and security incident reports. * Enhance the overall Vancouver Aquarium visitor experience by: * * Being open and friendly, and answering questions as required, or referring questions to someone who can assist; * Actively ensuring a great visitor experience; * Improve the Vancouver Aquarium and its processes by: * * Assisting with development of emergency protocols; * Maintaining organizational safety standards; * Reducing environmental impact and supporting “green” of operations; * Demonstrating the organization’s values and expectations for conduct; * Performing additional duties of a similar nature or level as required. * Qualifications* * Education and Experience* * Required - Secondary school diploma; * Required - Occupational First Aid Level 1; * Required - BC Security Worker license; * Preferred - One year experience as a security guard; * Preferred - Experience working in the tourism sector. * Skills* * Be able to interact positively and proactively with customers, visitors, employees and volunteers by presenting a professional image and providing exceptional service; * Have good verbal and written communication skills * Can communicate effectively with audiences of all ages; * Can remain calm and respond effectively in challenging situations; * Be able to identify and defuse potentially problematic situations; * Be self-motivated and work effectively under minimal supervision; * Can work independently, but also be an active team member; * Can learn and adapt in a constantly changing environment * Has good Word, Excel and Outlook skills. Job Type: Full-time

    Example 5

    *Penticton Lakeside Resort* is looking for additional security for day time hours. The shift would be *Monday + Tuesday from 7am - 3pm* with the option of covering additional shifts if other team members request time off or are sick. _*Flexibility in being able to work any day of the week is a bonus as there are times other days might need to be covered.*_ *Duties Include: * * *Patrolling property and parkade constantly and consistently* * *Reviewing and writing incident reports / shift summaries* * *Addressing/Dealing with vulgar and aggressive transients* * *Assisting front desk with day time security responsibilities ( Dealing with guests and hotel issues )* *MUST HAVE Active British Columbia B.S.T License* Part-time hours: 16 per week Expected Start Date: 2022-02-07 Job Types: Part-time, Permanent Salary: $18.00 per hour Benefits: * Company events * Discounted or free food * On-site parking * Paid time off * Store discount Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Day shift * Monday to Friday * On call * Weekend availability COVID-19 considerations: Masks Required * B.S.T License (required) Work remotely: * No

    Security job summary

    A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

    Example of a Security job summary

    We are a leading provider of security officers for a wide variety of companies. People from all experience levels are encouraged to apply — there is plenty of room for advancement! Full-time positions come with health insurance, 401(k) and retention bonuses. Our company prides itself on the high level of security it provides, both visible and behind the scenes. Our security officers deter crime by their mere presence via regular patrols and prompt communication of security breaches. Your main job will be to provide top-quality security at the facility where you work and to maintain a high-level of security for employees and guests. In fact, customer service is a large component of many jobs, so you should have an orientation toward wanting to help people, not just protect them. If you have at least a high school diploma and think quickly on your feet, apply today!

    Security responsibilities and duties

    The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

    • Patrol premises to ensure they are secure; may need to navigate ladders, ramps and stairs, as well as run on occasion.
    • Use both hands to reach and grasp objects or items, or to use the phone to communicate with home base or to file reports.
    • Work in weather environments that may sometimes be extremely hot or extremely cold, snowy or icy.
    • Keep mental alertness and attention to detail high, no matter the circumstances.
    • Maintain a neat and professional appearance, and provide excellent customer service as needed.
    • Follow established security protocols while using initiative and good judgment.

    Security qualifications and skills

    Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

    • High school diploma or equivalent.
    • At least 18 years old.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills along with excellent oral and written communication.
    • Possession of a guard licence per provincial requirements, and maintain active status.
    • Ability to remain flexible and adapt well.
    • Remain calm in stressful situations.
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