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Substitute hiring information:

Licensed Substitutes:

A Licensed Substitute replaces a teacher and must hold a valid Colorado teaching license, or a Colorado 1-year/3-year/5-year substitute authorization. Substitute licensure is obtained from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  If you have questions about licensure, please contact CDE directly. You can reach them by submitting a licensing support request  or by calling between 7:30am-12:30pm, Monday-Friday at 720739 3304.

Poudre School District has concluded licensed sub hiring for the current 2023-2024 school year. Hiring procedures for the 2024-2025 school year are still in the works but we should have updates soon. Please revisit this page later in the spring for more information.


Classified Substitutes:

Classified Substitute replaces a classroom paraprofessional, noninstructional paraprofessional, clerical position, child nutrition staff member or custodial positions. No teaching license is required for classified substitutes. 

PSD partners with ESS for classified sub coverage. ESS is a seasoned educational staffing agency dedicated to providing qualified and trained staff to school districts. ESS employees receive weekly pay, health benefits that begin on the first day of employment, ongoing training opportunities, special incentives, and bonus programs. ESS will continue hiring classified subs through the summer months! Please visit to learn more about ESS and apply to become an ESS substitute. The onboarding process consists of three easy steps, and the ESS team will be there to support you every step of the way. Start your application today by clicking here: For more information on classified subbing, please contact ESS at


2023-2024 Substitute Pay

Licensed substitutes are paid a daily rate through PSD (monthly):

Half Day (4 hours or less) $72.50/day
PERA Retiree Half Day  $77.50/day
Full Day (more than 4 hours)     $145.00/day
PERA Retiree Full Day $155.00/day


Classified substitutes are paid an hourly rate through ESS (weekly):

Non-Instructional Paraprofessional $15.60/hour
Crossing Guard $15.60/hour
Office Assistant  $17.16/hour
Health Tech (approval required) $17.16/hour
Instructional Paraprofessional $17.16/hour
Media Tech $17.16/hour
Integrated Services Paraprofessional I $17.94/hour
Integrated Services Paraprofessional II $18.72/hour
504 Paraprofessional $18.72/hour
Integrated Services Early Childhood Paraprofessional $18.72/hour

Mountain Schools: Classified and Licensed subs who drive to the mountain schools (Livermore, Red Feather, Stove Prairie) will be compensated for their mileage at 82 cents per mile.

2023-24 Sub Incentive

  • A $250 bonus will be awarded to substitutes who work 80 hours or more in a pay period. PSD pay periods run mid-month to mid-month (16th – 15th); ESS will use calendar months. 
  • Child Nutrition Subs will be internally managed by PSD starting April 1, 2024.

*Classified and Licensed assignments will accrue hours towards the sub incentive separately.


Additional information:

•    Substitute Guide to SmartFind Express  (available after PSD email account is set up. PSD’s district code for the SmartFind App is QRFX.)
•    Map of Schools
•    School Calendar
•    Substitute Employee Handbook
•    Colorado Department of Education
•    PSD School Directory
•    District Policies 

Contact Information

Licensed Substitutes
Sub Support Team |

Classified Substitutes | O: 970.490.3123 | C: 602.694.0152