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Washington DC (DC, MD, VA) Field Recruiters and Interviewers

The Institute for Survey Research is currently hiring field recruiters and interviewers for data collection in Washington, DC. The field project will consist of recruitment of focus group participants as well as randomly assigned neighborhood participants. The study focus is the effect of the neighborhood on African-American men. Applicants must live in the Washington Metro area (DC, MD, or VA). Applicants with prior field interviewing, teaching, or community outreach experience are encouraged to apply. The starting rate for this project is $18 per hour with performance incentives. The immediate employment need is for focus group recruiters of residents in specific Washington, DC neighborhoods.


Field Interviewer Job Description

Field Interviewers provide field support for data collection conducted by ISR. All ISR data collection uses standardized interviewing techniques and protocols. Field interviewers complete data collection activities in the most efficient and cost-effective manner according to the projects protocols and expectations.


  • Complete interviews with respondents using standardized interviewing techniques and persuasion skills.
  • Accurately and legibly document, complete ,and submit all associated study materials, such as questionnaires, consent forms, timesheets, travel advances and expense reports, in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to maintain the security and confidentially of all data.
  • Ability to speak and communicate well with the public including effective communication through speech and listening.
  • Ability to present research study goals and objectives in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Adhere to all project deadlines.
  • Availability to work required hours as specified and mutually agreed upon at the time of hiring.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate communication with supervisor via daily electronic and telephone communication.
  • Access to and ability to use personal automobile for business purposes (except for locations with efficient public transportation systems)
  • Effective consideration and implementation of appropriate attire and footwear for entering the field, which promotes professionalism, safety and comfort.
  • Travel as required for project-related purposes.
  • Ability to adjust to the environment outdoors and weather conditions as encountered.
  • Ability to walk and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to climb stairs (various number of flights) as needed.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 15 pounds door-to-door of project-related equipment/materials
  • Ability to adapt to various social environments and areas.
  • Receive, conduct and complete refusal conversion interviews.
  • Conduct pretest interviews and provide feedback to project staff.
  • Recruit focus group and pretest participants
  • Display good teamwork skills and a willingness to continually improve performance.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Graduate from high school or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Successful completion of a background check.
  • Familiarity with laptop computer or tablet.
  • Available, reliable transportation and a valid driver's license.
  • Quality of voice that will enable respondents to hear the questions read in a uniform way.
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision to meet deadlines.
  • Receptive to monitoring and constructive feedback from supervisors to improve quality of interviews and interviewing techniques.
  • Ability to work 20-30 hours per week on average. Some projects may require more than 30 hours per week, but most interviewers work approximately 20 hours per week.
  • Flexible schedule that will allow attendance at training and a work schedule that includes work during the evenings and on weekends. Some daytime work would be required as well.
  • Willingness to complete other interviewing tasks as assigned.