Penn State Abington
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The Pennsylvania State University Abington Campus is searching for up to four (4) part-time Survey Researchers for a research project at the newly opening Rail Park in Philadelphia. The survey researcher will be responsible for collection of visitor surveys, park condition assessments, and behavioral observations in and around those study locations. Data collection will occur between June 1, 2019, and November 1, 2019. Hours vary based on need and availability, but will generally be between 12-16 hours per week. Job Responsibilities: Conduct in-park surveys, systematic observations, and environmental assessments; provide weekly updates, reports, and materials to Study Coordinator; communicate regularly with fellow research team members and Study Coordinator to ensure proper data collection protocol and full coverage of job hours; maintain study equipment (e.g., iPad) and report issues to Study Coordinator, and keep detailed records of data collection activities and schedule of work. Job Requirements: Timely completion of job responsibilities and taking initiative to resolve problems; proficiency with tablet hardware (iPad); training will be provided; ability to understand and follow complex data collection protocols; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; must have reliable means of transportation to study locations; willingness to work outdoors in various weather conditions; and willingness to establish rapport and conduct interviews with park users. Must have a flexible schedule including the ability to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays; mornings (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.), afternoons (12:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.), and early evenings (4:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.). Previous research or data collection experience preferred. Preference will be given to individuals who are representative of Philadelphia’s diverse park user population and applicants who have existing or prior professional relationships with Penn State Abington or it's partners on this project (Fairmount Park Conservancy, Friends of the Rail Park, and William Penn Foundation). Senior level undergraduates or recent Bachelors-level graduates in the social sciences would be a good fit for the type of work, and expectations for this position. If interested, please upload a resume to Penn State University Abington’s human resource system.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088