Data Collector - Pittsburgh Youth Risk Behavior Survey & Youth Tobacco Survey

ICF International, Inc Pittsburgh , PA 15201

Posted 2 months ago



ICF is seeking one data collector in Pittsburgh, PA for the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The YRBS documents behaviors among 9-12 grade students that contribute to the leading causes of death and disease starting during youth and extending into adulthood. The YRBS is sponsored by the CDC, Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH).

Data collector training for YRBS will occur September 20th - 24th, 2021 at the Rockville, MD office of ICF. Data collection will immediately follow training and will continue during the fall 2021 school semester. If you have an interest in the health behavior of adolescents and can commit to maintaining open availability during the fall 2021 school semester, you may wish to apply for this data collector position. This is an opportunity to be involved in an important survey on topics of utmost importance to the nation. If hired, you will work in various locations around the country. You may be on the road for one or more weeks at a time without returning home. Some locations may be in your state, while others will be in one or more other states. Travel is a key requirement of the position and cannot be negotiated. This position is NOT recommended for students enrolled in spring semester courses that require weekly class attendance or for those who for other reasons need to go home on a scheduled weekly basis.


  • Administer a paper-based or an electronic tablet-based survey to students in 4-12 classes per school

  • Prepare materials in advance of arrival and ensure proper documentation of survey outcomes

  • Transport, synchronize, charge and update survey collection tablets, following established protocols

  • Travel among schools in assigned locations and respond and report to survey supervisor in a timely manner

  • Coordinate scheduling and follow-up for the conduct of makeup surveys, as required

  • Complete required documentation for each visited school via an internet-based project system

  • Act as on-site liaison with school personnel, working with school administrators, teachers, etc.

  • Work independently or as a member of a survey administration team

  • Maintain expense logs and progress reports

  • Receive assignments via an internet-based project system


  • College graduate. Ideal for retired teachers, school administrators, and current graduate/thesis students able to work full-time with no travel restrictions

  • Familiarity and comfort using an electronic tablet device such as an iPad, Kindle or Samsung Galaxy

  • Computer skills, including navigating the Internet, using web applications, emailing and attaching files

  • Experience working with schools and children, particularly in high school settings

  • Experience in field data collection, survey/social science research, sales, or marketing


  • Ability to lift and transport up to 50 lbs. of survey materials, including electronic devices and other supplies

  • Comfort with technology and troubleshooting common IT errors

  • Extremely well-organized, with a strong eye for detail

  • Capable of motivating others to cooperate

  • Ability to adhere to strict time schedules and arrive on time and prepared for all appointments

  • Professional appearance, demeanor, and clear speaking voice

  • High degree of self-confidence and the ability to deal with difficult situations in a calm/professional manner

  • Ability and willingness to travel by yourself

  • Have a cell phone for use in the field

  • Have a valid driver's license and an insured vehicle in good condition that you do not share with others

  • Travel requirements will require you to purchase hotel stays, which will be reimbursed by the Company

  • Willing to apply for TSA Pre


Assuming completion of all five days of training (Sept 20-24, 2021), additional tasks immediately after training, and acceptable performance during training, you may expect to be paid $800 pre-tax. If you are required to travel to training by air, rail, or bus, the cost of coach-class fare will be pre-paid for your transportation to ICF's Headquarters in Rockville, MD. ICF will also pre-pay for a hotel room for your stay at training.


Assuming acceptable performance, you can expect to work on a temporary, on-call basis for approximately 10-16 weeks. Assignments may not be consecutive due to school calendars.

Your pay includes compensation for your time to do the following: (1) make advance calls to schools before the date of data collection; (2) organize the survey materials before going to the school; (3) travel to and from the school; (4) meet with the school contact and teacher(s) and survey students; (5) review the survey materials and tablets after every administration; (6) update the project's online system with collection details; (7) upload and synchronize collected data; (8) ship completed survey data and associated documentation to ICF weekly; (9) follow up with the school about the completion of make-ups, missing classes and/or forms;(10) maintain communication with your supervisor; and (11) other duties as assigned.

For travel in your personal vehicle to conduct the survey work, you will be reimbursed according to the federal government privately owned vehicle mileage reimbursement rate, which is currently at $0.56 per mile, plus tolls and parking. In addition, all your allowable travel expenses at locations away from home will be reimbursed within the allowable federal government per diem guidelines.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you're seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF-together for tomorrow.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.

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Data Collector - Pittsburgh Youth Risk Behavior Survey & Youth Tobacco Survey

ICF International, Inc