UTTRI needs 2 interviewers this summer

Job posting:

Interviewers sought for a research project at the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute.


The Institute is looking to hire 2 interviewers. Short term contract would begin June 12 (flexible) and end by September 3 (also flexible). Our goal is to carry out between 300 and 450 household surveys during this time. Interviewers will be called upon to go door to door in particular neighbourhoods where advance mailers will have been left beforehand to announce the effort. Interviewers will always be accompanied, either by another recruiter or the project’s assigned research assistant. Locations visited will be transit accessible and tokens will be provided.

Hours are 16:30 to 20:30 weekdays and 11:00 to 19:00 weekends. The goal is to be out in the field 3 weekdays and both Saturday and Sunday each week. Depending on the response rate of the recruiters in different time periods, as well as the ability to coordinate schedules, this may be somewhat modified. Recruiters will work rain or shine, but we’ll make sure to always have umbrellas on hand!


No previous experience necessary, but prior survey/telemarketing experience a plus. The ideal candidate is highly organized, as well as outgoing and personable. The work involves ringing on doorbells, introducing the research project to residents and trying to persuade them to answer a web-based survey on a tablet. No technical skills required.

The key quality we are looking for is someone who is comfortable speaking with strangers and with whom people are usually receptive.

Salary and contract terms:

The base salary is $12.50 per hour, plus $5 and $4 for each completed household survey – there are two versions and one is longer than the other. Additional household member travel diaries will in turn be worth $2.50 each – additional household members providing travel data is paid $2.50 instead of $5 as their survey is considerably shorter.

Over the course of the summer, there will be 15-20 hours of training and performance review time.  Combining hourly wage and survey-completion bonuses, we expect each recruiter to make between $4,000 and $5,000. Bonus: plenty of fresh air and exercise!

If you are interested in applying, send contact information and a brief paragraph describing why you think you would be the ideal candidate for the position to chris.harding@mail.utoronto.ca.

Short informal interviews will be held June 2, 5 and 6, with training and fieldwork beginning within 10 days.

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