Last updated on
September 20, 2017

Field Positions

Position Overview
SRC employs several hundred field staff, working from coast to coast, who are assigned to projects which may last anywhere from several weeks or months to several years. Field positions are considered “decentralized” because they occur off-site, away from our central office location in Ann Arbor, MI.

The primary responsibility for field staff is collecting data by way of interviewing respondents in person, or face-to-face (see detailed Job Description). However, each field position and project is unique, and comes with its own study description and requirements, as well as specific production goals and expectations.

Field staff are collectively referred to as Field Interviewers, but some might also be identified as field researchers, school researchers, group session proctors, or another working title depending on the project.

Job Description
The following official job description references the Field Interviewer position, in general. Note: To view a project-specific field job description, please go to Job Opportunities, and then click on the name of a project to review the study description, requirements, and training information for that project.

Job Summary
Perform decentralized data collection tasks using Survey Research Center (SRC) standardized interviewing techniques and protocols. Complete all associated project study and administrative duties to specified expectations.

Duties and Responsibilities
Data Collection
  • Complete production interviews with respondents in-person or by telephone using standardized interviewing techniques.
  • Accurately complete Computer-Assisted interviews (CAI) where verbatim responses are entered into a computer.
  • Complete refusal conversion sample as assigned.
  • Administer standardized physical measurements and/or cognitive assessments with adults and children as required by the project.
  • Legibly complete paper documents and forms.
  • Work in a variety of locations including disadvantaged neighborhoods, locked/gated communities, and rural settings.
  • Transport up to 30 pounds when conducting interviews with respondents in homes, educational establishments, medical centers or other designated locations.
  • Seek and accept guidance, coaching and mentoring.
  • Speak and communicate effectively.
  • Maintain the security and confidentiality of all data and materials. Store university documents and equipment in a secure, private, and locked area.
  • Display an understanding of study content and concepts.
  • Demonstrate full technical competency and understanding of methods and procedures associated with interviewing and administrative activities using a laptop or related computer equipment.
  • Complete assignments within specified goals and deadlines.
  • Meet or exceed production standards or metrics set by assigned project(s).
  • Abide by all protocols for confidentiality and safety.
  • Accurately complete and submit by mail or electronically all associated study and administrative materials, such as questionnaires, consent forms, coversheets, timesheets, expenses, and receipts in a timely manner with support as needed.
  • Read and interpret documents such as procedure manuals and work instructions. Review protocols and procedures as needed.
  • Write and submit routine reports and correspondences in a timely manner.
  • Maintain regular communication with the team and as directed by a Production Manager.
  • Attend regular conference call meetings.
  • Exercise sound judgment when determining when information needs to be advanced to other decision makers.
Behavioral Competencies
  • Engaged and invested – Displays responsibility, thoughtfulness, responsiveness and a positive focus.
  • Organizational Stewardship – Demonstrates awareness of and support for the Survey Research Center’s capabilities and mission.
  • People Effectiveness – Builds positive interpersonal relationships; demonstrates effective skills when working with others.
  • Collaboration – Evokes cohesion in and across work teams, building and maintaining rapport and cooperation with co-workers to meet project deliverables.
Other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • High School diploma, GED, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Familiarity with laptop/desktop computer.
  • Available to work the required number of hours per week as set by the project.
  • Maintain a flexible schedule that will allow attendance at training and a production work schedule that includes work during the day, evenings and weekends. Time of work can vary from early morning to evening.
  • Available, reliable transportation to meet the demands of the assignments.
  • Ability to screen/interview individuals in their household, which may require navigating stairs.
  • Ability to conduct phone interviewing with individuals in a household.
  • Quality of voice that will enable effective data collection.
  • Work independently without frequent in-person supervision to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Receptive to receiving constructive feedback to improve quality of data collection efforts and interviewing techniques.
  • Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills with the ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the project.
Job videos
Learn more about a field interviewer’s typical day of life.
  • Viewing “A Day in the Life (Field)” is is recommended prior to applying for any field position
  • Viewing “Physical Measures” is a prerequisite to applying for a field position on the Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
A Day in the Life (Field)
This video introduces social research interviewing as seen through the eyes of a field interviewer and depicts work typically completed on most field research projects.

Physical Measures
This video shows some of the job responsibilities involved with collecting physical measures (such as grip strength, balance, height, walking speed), and measuring biomarkers (blood spots and saliva samples).

Job Opportunities
Take a look at the current Field Job Opportunities available at the Survey Research Center.