Language Survey Specialist

Survey Specialists do comprehensive and interactive research on language and culture to identify translation needs and opportunities.


  •   Forging new paths for the gospel
  •   Adventure and spontaneity
  •   Roughing it in substandard or improvised living situations


  •   An ear for subtle language distinctions
  •   Tolerance for ambiguity
  •   Quick thinking and decision-making in suboptimal conditions
  •   Attention to detail and an analytical mind
  •   Clear written communication, especially regarding linguistic data

 Language survey is crucial to gathering information about languages and the Bibleless people who speak them. Survey Specialists travel to some of the most remote places on earth to collect information that will enable us to assess ministry needs and formulate strategies for meeting them. Survey work is often the first step to determining future translation projects. It involves compiling large amounts of linguistic data and being able to report on that data in a concise fashion.

Most of our teammates raise support on behalf of Pioneer Bible Translators for their ministry roles. Support raising is not about money — it’s about prayerfully inviting people everywhere to participate in what God is doing to fulfill His mission.

We provide training to help you:

  • Gain confidence in communicating the Biblical foundation for living on support, asking others to invest, and understanding “The God Ask.”
  • Learn best practices and gain confidence in sharing your presentation.
  • Rehearse with your peers and make real calls for appointments.
  • Experience the value of meeting face to face with people and asking for support.
  • Discover how to cultivate lasting relationships with your supporters.

We will work with you to develop a budget based on your ministry role, where you’re going, and your family’s personal needs. Our goal is for you to be adequately funded to maximize the fruitfulness of your ministry and your family.

Are you interested in this role?

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