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Field Recruiters - Limited Term

Field Recruiters - Limited Term

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Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) (AS1111)
Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS)

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Position Summary

Position Description

The HUMAN Project (THP) is seeking 18 energetic, passionate, and outgoing individuals to join our field team. Field Recruiters will conduct in-person household surveys and act as brand ambassadors for THP by effectively communicating THP’s values and goals in a professional and engaging manner.


The Field Recruiters will conduct in-person interviews in various NYC neighborhoods including Bed-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, and Greenpoint in Brooklyn. The positions will conduct surveys about potential participation in The HUMAN Project. Individuals will mostly not know that Field Recruiters are coming.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Surveying neighborhoods in all types of weather, mostly outside and on foot.
  • “Cold calling” individuals to seek information. Field recruiters will knock on individuals’ door and ask questions.
  • Recording survey results through computer transmissions and submission of data on a daily basis
  • Attending all required calls and meetings



  • Ability to attend a 3-4 day training in late October
  • Available to work up to 40 hours per week, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends, November 8th to December 22nd
  • Experience with conducting face-to-face surveys, strong communication skills.
  • Ability to walk and stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, and transport materials weighing up to 10 pounds.
  • Attention to detail and ability to perform administrative tasks such as record keeping
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and solid interpersonal skills.
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.



  • Prior experience with “cold calling”
  • Fluency in Spanish (reading, writing, speaking)
  • Prior experience conducting household surveys or other research activities
  • Knowledge and interest in working with culturally diverse communities in New York City
  • Professional and warm demeanor and ease in engaging strangers.
  • Associate’s degree or above

Additional Information

The Institute for Study of Decision Making at New York University is launching the most ambitious study of human beings ever conducted: The HUMAN Project (Human Understanding through Measurement and ANalysis).


What are the roots of human behavior?  How do we make decisions, and what forces shape those decisions?  How can we apply what we learn about human health and behavior to inform and improve public policy to make it more effective?  Thanks to new technologies and advances in fields like genetics, neuroscience, and urban informatics, we can break down the silos between these and other fields to unlock novel insights into human behavior and enable the development of scientifically driven public policy.  The HUMAN Project (THP) will entail gathering information at an unprecedented level of breadth and detail, ranging from health and medical data to financial tracking and social networks for a representative sample of 10,000 New York City residents. THP will study New York City residents for 10-20 years, and will do for the field of behavioral science what other major projects did for their respective fields, like the Human Genome Project or the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.


We need dynamic team members with a strong sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire to affect positive change in the world. This is a unique chance to touch the lives of thousands of people and, over time, help improve the quality of life in New York City.


This is a limited-term assignment of no more than six (6) weeks.  


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