Field Researcher - San Francisco

  • CoStar Group
  • US-CA San Francisco
  • May 17, 2019
Full time Real Estate Research

Job Description

Field Researcher - San Francisco

US-CA San Francisco


Job Description


CoStar Field Researchers are the foundation to the company’s data collection efforts and play an integral part of our Research ecosystem. The collection of accurate and timely data is essential to CoStar Group customers and a goal we are eager to meet. Team members are equipped with state-of-the-art technology including custom-built, location-aware mobile and web applications that offer highly-efficient task management tools, a company car, and more. Field Researchers report to regional Field Research Managers who will support their growth and development and ensure their success.


Essential functions of a Field Research Photographer:

  • Own the market! Navigate one-mile square grids to ensure complete coverage and that all critical database fields are collected and properties photographed.  
  • With the company vehicle as your office, identify among dozens of key data points such as new inventory, “for lease” and “for sale” availabilities, commercial building occupancy and more.
  • Leverage field research mobile and web software as you explore buildings inside and out.
  • Professionally communicate with Field Research Manager to strategically evaluate priorities, initiatives, and tasks.
  • Work to achieve performance metrics and time management targets.
  • Capture beautiful images of select buildings with issued DSLR camera.
  • Use Photoshop to edit captured images.
  • Communicate with customers via phone, e-mail, and in person.
  • Abide by CoStar safety standards.
  • Maintain company vehicle and equipment.
  • Represent CoStar in a professional manner at all times.
  • Participate in regular conference calls with sales and research teams.
  • Represent Field Research at occasional trade functions.


Physical Requirements of Position

  • Repetitive and frequent standing, seeing, sitting, walking, and driving up to eight (8) hours per day.
  • Holding 5 lbs in one hand for 5 minutes.
  • Repetitive hand and arm movements needed to type and write.
  • Occasional bending, stooping, squatting, lifting, twisting and carrying are necessary to perform job functions.
  • Must be able to work on computer from vehicle throughout work day. 
  • Exposed to both vehicle noise and possible car exhaust.
  • Exposed to various weather conditions each day.



Joining CoStar Group puts you in the center of the dynamic, fast paced commercial real estate industry. CoStar changed the way commercial real estate works by empowering professionals with the industry's largest database of researched, unbiased commercial property information. Today, CoStar Group (Nasdaq: CSGP) is the premier information, marketing and analytic solution for tens of thousands of commercial real estate brokers, owners, developers, investors, lenders, appraisers and more. We have invested over $1 billion in our research operations and we are currently seeking self-motivated, driven and inquisitive photographers to join our industry-leading Field Research team.



  • Experience or demonstrated capacity to function autonomously in the field while achieving key performance indicators.
  • The ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts such as commercial real estate terminology, mapping, and GIS concepts.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to identify differences between known and unknown information.
  • Knowledge of Windows, Apple OS, Microsoft Office, and Internet applications.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and organizational skills.
  • Technical proficiency in digital photography and Photoshop.
  • Field, production photography, and videography experience preferred.


Required: qualified candidates will possess the following

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Must have and maintain a good driving record
  • Must agree to driving record review annually (we check driving records as part of our pre-employment background screening process)



  • The Field Researcher position is a base salary position. We are seeking individuals who thrive in a metrics and performance based environment and who are driven to produce great results.



  • CoStar offers a benefits plan ranked among the top 10% of employers nationwide, including generous medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance (through Aetna); a 401k plan with company match and employee stock purchase plan; and paid training throughout your career.
    • Extensive orientation & paid training at our headquarters in downtown Washington, DC
    • Comprehensive medical, dental, prescription and vision benefits through Aetna with a choice of two plans
    • Company-paid life insurance for one time's your annual base salary to a maximum of $300,000 per year
    • Company-paid long-term and short-term disability benefits
    • 12 days accrued paid vacation 1st year; 5 days sick leave per year, and 2 personal days.
    • A 401(k) plan with immediate eligibility and Company match.


CoStar Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing