Be the Surveillance State you want to see in the world

Surveillance Videographer, $25/hour

Our firm will train you to become a Surveillance Videographer, working in the Private Investigation field and primarily supporting investigations into fraudulent workers' compensation claims.

Please be advised that learning the trade involves long hours. The position involves using your own vehicle and your own digital camcorder in order to conduct surveillance on individuals throughout Northern California. A typical day may involve leaving home at 5:00 a.m., arriving at the surveillance site at 6:00 a.m., leaving that location at 3:00 p.m. and arriving home at 5:00 p.m. Generally, you would work 15-20 days per month. You will spend most of the day inside your vehicle following people and filming them. You will work from the back seat of your vehicle with the engine off and the windows closed to avoid detection, this can be very tough on a hot day. A vehicle with tinted windows and with sufficient space for sitting in the back seat all day is required. [...]

In lieu of or in addition to a resume, please write a personal letter of introduction describing yourself, why you want this job, and why you believe you are suited for it. There are no specific educational requirements, but a successful candidate will need at least five years driving experience, have sufficient technical skills to operate a digital camera and computer, and enough tenacity and drive to really want to be successful in this position. Bilingual skills can be helpful, especially Spanish, but are not required. Further, it is important to be able to listen to and follow complex instructions and to possess a fair amount of ingenuity and independent thinking to get the job done.

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7 Responses:

  1. You'd think the best resume would be a file of video chronicling every burrito and bowel movement the poster had enjoyed over the previous week.

  2. Not Frank says:

    The windows closed aspect is rather interesting... is a job worth cooking oneself to death? Perhaps this deserves "grim meathook future", though the ideal candidate will have some sort of workaround...

    • ssl-3 says:

      Tinted glass is suggested, too. As is keeping on the down-low in the back seat.

      No job is worth this level of torture on a sunny summer day in any part of the US that I'm familiar with, especially if it is only $25/hour.

      And I'm supposed to sneak from the back to the front without drawing attention with my Gatorade IV drip and sweat running off of me in continuous streams to tail the person in my car when they leave? Fuuuuh.

      And in the winter, without the car and heater running, the windows all fog up before it even matters that I can't work the controls on my DSLR because my fingers are too numb.

      I can imagine doing this sort of work for a price. That price will include a cool suit for warm weather, an allowance for hanging out in the driver's seat instead of being forced to hang out in the back, and suspension mods (or a car with active suspension) to support a battery bank to run a silent heater in the winter and a huge tub of ice in the summer to keep the cool suit cool.

      None of that is happening for $25/hr. It almost sounds like their trolling to examine victims of heat stroke.

  3. Nate says:

    That’s why there isn’t a Private Investigator Videographer I know that doesn’t do speed.

  4. Kyle Huff says:

    Ubiquitous surveillance. You hear the most outrageous lies about it.

  5. Cookie Wolf says:

    This'll really crimp my plans to go get sushi, and not pay...

  6. ennui says:

    note that while a repo man is an independent contractor this is a typical "trainee" scam. payment to the insurance surveillance operation is obviously going to be per case, but Emilio doesn't get ripped off by the yard when he brings in the car just because he's only been working for less than 6 weeks. this insurance gig makes money by churning through "trainees" even before they start playing the "15-20 days a month" lie.

    "tired of getting heat stroke, why don't you quit.... sucker."

    you can see in 'repo man' just how better the opportunities a young white suburban punk had in 1984 than now. the trainee scam is pretty typical of a lot of service industries. whole foods does this with their cashiers where their rigid system of demerits means no one can work the cashier job for long without getting disciplined. my local small time bank fires 60-80% of their tellers year to year to keep everyone fresh and hungry.

    how much do you want to bet this surveillance operation is getting angel investors?

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