2016 MARYLAND YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY AND YOUTH TOBACCO SURVEY
DATA COLLECTORS NEEDED
TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT, OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2016
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education is sponsoring a Statewide survey of students in grades 6 to 12, to document information on tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use and other health risk behaviors among adolescents.
The survey will be conducted in approximately 363 public middle and high schools in all 23 Maryland counties plus the city of Baltimore. The results of the Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Youth Tobacco Survey (MD YRBS/YTS) will produce reports for each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions that will be used to (1) monitor health-risk behaviors among middle and high school students; (2) evaluate the impact of state and local efforts to prevent health-risk behaviors; and (3) improve school health education policies and programs.
We need professional individuals throughout the State who have an interest in the health and well-being of adolescents to help us administer the questionnaire. This is a temporary position in which you can expect to work 2 to 4 days per week for approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Data Collectors must make themselves available full-time through the duration of the survey period.
· Ability to attend a 2 day training in mid-October
· Personal email that can be used for project communications and to receive assignments
· Cell phone that can be used to call assigned schools in preparation for the survey administration visit
· A vehicle in good working condition to be used to drive to assigned schools
· A valid driver’s license
· Ability to pass a background screening
· Experience in field data collection
· Experience in working with adolescents, particularly in a school setting
· Experience in working with the public and leading a task
· Experience in working off-site with little face-to-face contact with supervisor
PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED:
· Very well-organized and good at adhering to a tight schedule
· High self-confidence and the ability to deal with difficult situations professionally
· Comfort in speaking in front of a small or large group
· Early morning person – scheduled arrival time can be as early as 6:00 a.m.
· Ability to lift and carry survey supplies up to 25 lbs
· A professional appearance and demeanor
WHEN: A 2-day training session will occur in mid-October, at the client’s Rockville location. If traveling 50-75 miles or more to Rockville location, our client will pay for a hotel, you will have per diem, and mileage will be covered. Eight weeks of data collection will start immediately after training and continue until all schools have been surveyed.
PAYMENT: You may expect to earn $120 per day for participation in training. Your pay will be prorated based on the number of schools you visit in a week. For visiting one (1) school, you will be paid for 12 hours ($180). For visiting two (2) schools, you will be paid for 24 hours ($360). If you visit 3 or more schools you will be paid 40 hours ($600). Our hope is that nearly all data collectors will visit at least 2 to 3 schools every week of data collection, but we cannot guarantee this since there are many factors beyond our control. For use of your car, you will be reimbursed at the rate of $.54 per mile (plus tolls and parking).