Data Collection Specialist

Working Title: Data Collection Specialist
Classification Title: Technical, Non-Supervisory
Position Classification: Permanent Part-time
Department/Division: Transportation Planning
Location: Terre Haute – Main Office
Salary Range: Hourly – $12.00 – $14.00
Working Hours: 24-28 hours per week within the hours of 8-4:30 pm. Additional hours may be
required from time to time.
Job Summary:
The West Central Indiana Economic Development District, d/b/a Thrive West Central (“Thrive”), is an
innovative regional driver dedicated to enhancing community assets while improving the overall
quality of life in West Central Indiana through complex problem-solving, quality service, and
collaborative partnerships. Thrive West Central serves as the Rural Planning Organization (RPO) for
the region, partnering with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and local units of
government on the Small Urban and Rural Transportation Planning (SURTP) Program, Traffic Count
Program, and other initiatives.
The Data Collection Specialist is an integral member of the rural transportation planning team
charged with the responsibility to successfully develop, implement, and manage our transportation
asset and traffic data collection contracts across West Central Indiana. The incumbent may also
provide transportation planning assistance, advice, and technical services to local government
officials in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, and Vermillion Counties.
This is technical work position assisting the Transportation Planning Division. The incumbent collects
data to prepare statistical estimates used in a transportation planning program and project studies.
Work includes collecting and recording traffic volumes and turning movement data at roadway
intersections; conducting special traffic studies in the field, which could include video data-logging,
travel time data collection; collecting pedestrian and bicycle volumes either manually or with
counting equipment; and survey activities. Work is reviewed and evaluated by an administrative
supervisor. A high level of independence is expected in carrying out daily tasks and responsibilities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
 Drive and maintain a vehicle provided by Thrive (or personal vehicle when
needed), installing traffic counting machines on roadways in the West Central
Indiana Region, which includes the counties of: Clay, Fountain, Greene, Knox,
Monroe, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo, and
 Place automatic counting machines at designated sites, assure counting
machines operate accurately; and collect data from machines.
 Participate in special traffic planning surveys.

 Perform classification of vehicular traffic; record vehicle occupancy counts;
conduct highway and transit surveys; and manually count pedestrians and
bicycle traffic, as required.
 Carry out several data collection inventories, which may include the
measurement of road mileage within a defined area, sidewalk measurements
and evaluations, traffic sign evaluation and GPS coordinate collection, etc.
 Collect data for inventory of physical characteristics of highway systems. Survey
and report physical and operational features of readings and intersections for
inclusion in technical reports, as required.
 Conduct travel time surveys and other transportation surveys.
 Collect and record traffic turning movements at highway intersections.
 Maintain traffic counting equipment.
 Follow established state and federal guidelines for working safely on roadways.
 Download and enter data from traffic counting machines into state driven
 Perform related work or other duties as assigned.
Accountability: The Data Collection Specialist will report to the Director of Transportation Planning.
 Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
Ability to operate a motor vehicle in a responsible and safe manner.
 Ability to become knowledgeable regarding the techniques and operation of
devices used in collecting comprehensive data for a wide variety of transportation
planning surveys and studies.
 Thorough knowledge and skill in interpretation of highway maps.
 Ability to become knowledgeable regarding techniques used in conducting
various types of traffic surveys.
 Ability to learn various computer software programs and create reports.
 Ability to communicate effectively.
 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
 Ability to perform regular maintenance work on traffic count equipment.
 Ability to work outdoors in all adverse weather conditions.
 Ability to perform strenuous physical activities and to squat, bend, kneel, and
stand frequently, as well as sit in a vehicle for extended periods of time.
 Ability to perform duties and responsibilities independently when needed.
 Must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
Job Type: Part-time
Pay: $12.00 - $14.00 per hour