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Human Resource Services
P.O. Box 391
Bartow FL 33830

Phone: (863) 534-0781
Fax: (863) 534-0737

Additional Information


The School Board of Polk County, Florida, prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, homelessness, or disability or other basis prohibited by law in any of its programs, services, activities or employment. To file concerns, you may contact the Office of Equity & Compliance, Human Resource Services at 863-534-0513.

Polk County Schools is an equal opportunity institution for education and employment.


Find current openings and learn about applying for a position with Polk County Public Schools. Bookmark this page for hiring updates and latest employment news.

Important Notices

The Teacher Transfer process is now a part of our Online Applicant Registration System for all current teachers. The documentation needed for expressing interest and applying for a transfer is available via the Intranet > Human Resource Services > Transfers.

The original bargained transfer process for all current Paraeducators and Educational Support Personnel (ESP) remains the same as past practice. The documentation needed for expressing interest and applying for a transfer is available via the Intranet> Human Resource Services > Transfers > Forms.


Special Notice to Instructional Applicants

If you have an interest in obtaining an instructional position for the 2016-2017 school-year, complete these steps:

  1. Go to to complete and apply for Florida Certification.
    (Florida does offer reciprocity with most States. Be sure to submit a copy of your out-of-state certificate if you are applying as an out-of-state Applicant.)
  2. Go to to complete the online employment application. Gather supporting documentation to help you complete the application. This documentation should include
    • reference contact information
    • teaching certificate(s), license(s)
    • Status of Statement of Eligibility
    • work history
    • education history (degrees awarded)

(The Managing Your Online Application document answers a number of general questions regarding the online application process.)

Note: In order to receive system notifications, it will be your responsibility to keep a valid email address on file with us. 

If you have any additional questions about employment with Polk County Schools, email

  1. You will receive automated email notifications regarding your application status.
  2. You may search and apply for positions for which you are fully qualified. 
  3. You may accept or decline interview invitations.

Criminal HIstory

Applicants must be prepared to share any and all criminal history and to respond to the questions posed within the online application.  Please read this section in its entirety:

    • Have you ever been found guilty, entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest), or had adjudication withheld in a criminal offense other than a minor traffic violation? (DUI IS NOT A MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATION). Are there any criminal charges pending against you?
    • The following are examples of criminal traffic offenses that must be reported: Driving While Under the Influence of Alcoholic Beverages, Drugs etc., Fleeing to Elude the Police, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, Willful and Wanton Reckless Driving (not careless driving), Unauthorized Possession of a Forged/Counterfeit or Altered Driver’s License, Allowing an Unauthorized Operator to Drive and certain No Valid Driver’s License charges. There are other criminal traffic charges that may require disclosure. Please refer to chapters 316 and 322 of the Florida State statutes or the statutes in the state you were cited to assess any additional criminal traffic convictions you may have to disclose.
    • SEALED or EXPUNGED records must be reported pursuant to §.943.0585 and 943.059, F.S. In Florida, the entire arrest record is revealed to school districts, including sealed and/or expunged records and military court proceedings. Applicants must disclose this information even if told differently by a lawyer, judge, or other law enforcement individual. Information that must be disclosed includes any offense that occurred whether as a juvenile or adult; therefore all adult and juvenile offenses must be listed. Failure to disclose all convictions, regardless of adjudication, will result in the applicant being barred from consideration for employment with the Polk County School Board for a period of one (1) calendar year from the date of discovery.
    • If all convictions are disclosed, but the accuracy of the information provided is in question, then it may cause denial of employment or termination if already employed. A YES or NO answer is required by Florida law. If you check the YES box, you must give the information requested for each charge.

For All Applicants

In order to meet the need for administrators at the Elementary and Secondary level, Polk County Schools has established a pool of applicants.  All applicants for School Based Administrative positions must be accepted into the Principal or Assistant Principal Pool. 

Please see the administrative openings page for full information and how to apply.

If you do not hold a valid Florida Certificate for full-time teaching or a valid Florida Statement of Status of Eligibility (SOE) which deems you eligible to hold a Florida Certificate for full-time teaching visit to apply for Florida Certification.

Advanced Degrees

Instructional applicants who hold an advanced degree from an accredited college/university should complete the Credential Review Form and submit an official advanced degree transcript to:

Hard copies of your official transcript can be mailed to:
Attn: Certification Office/Credential Review
P.O. Box 391
Bartow, FL 33831

Foreign National Teacher Applicants

Polk County Schools is not offering sponsorship for employer specific temporary work authorization to Foreign National new teacher applicants.

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Steps to Becoming a Paraeducator

Applicants seeking Paraeducator positions must have earned either an AA Degree, or 60 semester hours from a regionally accredited institution, or a passing score of 464 on the ParaPro Assessment Test.

  1. Applicants must complete the Credential Review Form.
  2. Applicants must submit an official college transcript or ParaPro Assessment Test results to:
Important: Important: Please complete the Credential Review Form AND submit your official college/university transcript in order to avoid a delay in processing..

Effective June 2016

The Polk County School District has transitioned the ParaPro Assessement Registration Process to Florida Southern College. Please contact the FSC Testing Center Coordinator, Ms.Sara Penny at for additional details.

View non-instructional Professional Development information

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American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

If you are applying for custodial, maintenance or vehicle services, please note that the following procedures must be adhered to in the employee selection process:

AFSCME Contract Language from the Collective Bargaining Agreement


If you are interested in applying for a custodial position please complete an online application.

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Hiring Update School Nutrition is currently hiring.

You know the ABC's of working with people. Your Attitude is great, you have a Beautiful smile and you are Customer-driven. The School Nutrition Program in Polk County is looking for people like you.

We serve over 20,000 breakfasts and 55,000 lunches daily. Our employees receive great benefits including a workable schedule, holiday breaks, uniforms and meals. We also provide training and the opportunity for advancement. We are always taking applications for substitute School Nutrition assistants. Are you interested? We're waiting to hear from you.

Visit the School Nutrition District Information pages to view the Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view the Job Description

Please call 863-534-0589 for more information.

School Bus Driver

  • $12.00 per hour for Appointed Drivers; $10.00 per hour for Substitute Drivers
  • Job Description
  • Health Benefits
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • On-line applications are accepted for school bus driver or bus attendant positions.

School Bus Attendant

  • $9.00 per hour for Appointed Attendants; $8.10 per hour for Substitute Attendants
  • Job Description
  • Health Benefits
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • On-line applications are accepted for school bus driver or bus attendant positions.

It is recommended that applicants send their resume to the Psychological Services Coordinator. They should also complete the website application. Once the application and resume are received, an interview will be scheduled.

Educational background should be in the area of school psychology from an accredited college or university, preferably NASP approved. Applicants must be eligible for school psychology certification or licensure.

For more information, visit the Psychological Services District Information page.

Per Florida Statute 119.071(5), this is to notify you of the purpose for collecting and utilizing your social security number. Providing your social security number is a condition of employment at Polk County Public Schools. To protect your identification, we will secure your social security number from unauthorized access, and strictly prohibit the release of your social security number to unauthorized parties contrary to state and federal law.

Polk County Public Schools collects your social security number for legitimate business purposes during the recruitment, selection and hiring process.  Once you are employed, your social security number will be used for completing State and Federal mandated reports and actions that require such, including but not limited to the following:

  • Cost reporting [237.34 F.S.],
  • Employment application for determining certification eligibility [1012.56 F.S.],
  • Completion of Federal I-9 form for the filing and issuance of Federal employment forms [8 USC 1324a(b)],
  • Completion of Federal W-4 form for filing and issuance of Federal employment forms [8 USC 1324a(b)],
  • Florida Retirement Contribution Report [119.071(5)(a)6.b.],
  • Conducting criminal background screening [1012.56 F.S.].

The procedures for the security, privacy and retention of automated student and staff records shall be in accordance with the requirements of U.S.C 1232g(b)(3), 34 C.F.R. Part 99 and Section 1002.22.F.S.

Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, sets forth certain requirements for public employers to accord preferences, in appointment, retention and promotion, to certain veterans and spouses of veterans who are Florida residents. All Veterans requesting Veteran’s preference must complete the form below titled, “Veteran’s Preference” and submit it, along with additional documentation such as DD Form 214, to the hiring administrator for each position for which s/he applies. Veterans Preference Form