Field Interviewer - NSDUH 

Category NSDUH  


On behalf of Research Triangle Institute, Headway Workforce Solutions is seeking Field Interviewers to work on the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

The Field Interviewer (FI) for NSDUH will be responsible for:

  • In-person screening/interviewing of selected households with the sample distributed over the four calendar quarters of the data collection period.
  • Proper administration of a computer-assisted interview, approximately one hour in length, to selected individuals throughout the four quarters of the data collection period.



Position Requirements

The Field Interviewer (FI) conducts field work for survey research projects conducted by Research Triangle Institute (RTI).  FIs prepare for and conduct data collection operations according to project protocols.  FIs ensure that field data collection activities are carried out in an efficient and cost effective manner, that the data collected are of the highest possible quality, and that all activities are conducted in a professional manner following established procedures.


  • Available for entire training and data collection period.
  • Able to successfully complete training.
  • Have reliable personal automobile available for business use.
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends on a weekly and regular basis.
  • Able to keep project information confidential.


  • Successful experience with field interviewing activities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with supervisor and complete assignments on schedule.
  • Use maps to locate sample units.
  • Obtain cooperation of survey respondents by effectively answering questions and addressing concerns.
  • Conduct personal interviews following prescribed protocols.
  • Accurately complete all project documents including electronic survey instruments, and all reporting forms.
  • Adhere strictly to project deadlines for completing interviews, reporting progress, and returning materials and equipment.
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date records of progress in the field.
  • Submit timely and accurate reports.
  • Maintain a professional, cooperative relationship with your supervisor and other project staff, objectively sharing your thoughts while displaying an understanding of project management's concerns.
  • Be receptive—not defensive—when given feedback from project personnel about your performance, striving to learn and improve.
  • Keep supervisor informed of problem areas that might affect progress.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Travel frequently to respondent locations.
  • Be outside and exposed to all types of weather.
  • Be able to drive and work outside after dark.
  • Be exposed to fumes and odors as might be expected in any outdoor environment.
  • Stand, walk, and climb stairs.
  • Communicate through speech and listening.
  • May be required to transport equipment and materials such as laptop computers and notebooks weighing 15 pounds or more.  


  • For FIs who are new to NSDUH: Attend and successfully complete a 7-day FI training session followed by participation in on-the-job training with a mentor or Field Supervisor (FS), as needed.
  • For FIs who are NSDUH veterans: Successfully complete all components of the veteran FI project training program.
  • For bilingual, Spanish-speaking FIs (both new and veteran): Successfully complete all components of the bilingual training program. 


  • Available to work a schedule of approximately 20-25 non-travel hours per week to conduct screening/interviewing during field data collection periods.
    • Available and willing to work primarily evenings and weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
    • Available to spend at least 4 hours (not counting travel time) contacting selected households each visit to the field as determined by time in the quarterly field period
    • Available for variability in work schedule, as dictated by the quarterly schedule, front loading of sample each quarter and location of assignments. 
  • Adhere to a schedule set by FS that ensures respondents are contacted at times they are most likely to be at home.
  • Possess effective communication skills through speech and listening, and fluency in English through reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Ability to read text verbatim from a computer screen (i.e. a laptop and handheld computer) and paper documents.
  • Conduct valid, high quality in-person screenings/interviews in compliance with all project protocols covered at training and documented in the project manual.
  • Perform field work according to expectations defined in the general FI Job Description (Major Requirements and Physical Demands).
  • Available for field observations by a member of NSDUH management staff.
  • Prompt, reliable, and accurate reporting to FS.
  • Have regular access to an analog phone line or internet connection for data transmissions.
  • Assume responsibility for and carefully track all money used for cash incentives.
  • Available for possible overnight travel if remote segments are involved in the assignment area.
  • Assume full and legal responsibility for use and care of computers, taking reasonable and appropriate steps to safeguard them against damage, loss, or theft, and returning all equipment at the conclusion of the NSDUH assignment or at a supervisor’s request.




Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  

Shift Various Shifts  

Position Field Interviewer - NSDUH  

Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

Location Manchester, NH  

About the Organization Headway Workforce Solutions provides leading organizations a spectrum of nationwide adaptive workforce solutions that accelerate operational and financial performance.  

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