For all those Americans skeptical about the true aspect of the impending Jade Helm exercise in the Southwestern United States, a recent job listing by EKS Group should generate more fuel to the fire.
EKS is an employment organization that doesn’t supply your common warehouse or casual labor. They summarize their organization on their website as having hundreds of years of expertise in areas associated with intelligence operations, law enforcement, counterintelligence, human intelligence, information operations, counter-terrorism, force protection, security matters, international diplomacy and foreign area knowledge.
They include, “EKS is a recognized industry leader for sophisticated physical and technicalsurveillance operations and training support. Our teams perform over 75,000 hours of surveillance work annually with teams across the United States.”
In conjunction with our government clients, we are plank holders in laying the groundwork for advanced human intelligence training for controlled source operations and are called upon often to provide mobile training teams to coach, mentor and instruct DoD operational teams worldwide.
One of their more ominous recent advertisements comes out of their Phoenix office and is currently posted on their website. It calls for Surveillance role players, perhaps intending to create the impression that these are merely actor positions. They aren’t; whatever their positions involve, no requirement for previous acting experience is mentioned and the preparatory training is quite different. They physical requirements for the ability to walk up to eighteen miles a day and sit for up to twelve hours at a time aren’t your typical acting job, neither are the need for a DoD clearance or the ability to use electronic devices.
Obviously it is not an acting position, the use of the word role implies something else. They refer to it as surveillance. The following logical question is then, who will they be watching?
The advertisement appears below and can be seen instantly on the internet here
Surveillance Role Players
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Travel: CONUS/Approximately 50%
EKS Group, LLC is an equal Opportunity Employer (EEO) as well as a Section 503 and VEVRAA compliant company. All positions require successful completion of a five-panel drug screening.
We have an exciting opportunity for Surveillance Role Players (SRP) in the Phoenix, AZ area. SRPs will provide surveillance role player services to the Department of Defense. For this position, EKS is looking for part-time personnel to play a vital role in assisting with this security related training. All candidates irrespective of qualification level or prior background will be evaluated for their ability/suitability to provide surveillance role playing that results in fully trained DOD professionals. Candidate will operate as a member of a surveillance team conducting static, foot, vehicle and/or multi-mode
surveillance of personnel in urban and rural environments and under all weather conditions. Candidate will record and maintain appropriate vehicle and surveillance logs in accordance with EKS techniques and procedures. This position is part time as needed.
Minimum of 21 years of age
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Maintain a Secret DoD clearance
High school diploma, or GED
Generally physically fit; with the ability to walk up to 18 miles per day for up to twelve consecutive days; with the ability to drive or ride in a vehicle for up to twelve hours per day
Successful completion of a 40-hour Surveillance Operations Course
Maintain an valid state driver’s license and a 36-month clean driving record
Ability to read, write, and speak English fluently
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form
Ability to operate communication devices such as cell phones and walkie-talkie type radios GPS devices, and surveillance photo/video equipment ethically and in accordance with established EKS policies and procedures
Basic computer skills
- Frequently required to sit
- Frequently required to walk
- Occasionally required to stand
- Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms
- Continually required to talk or hear
- Occasionally required to lift light weights (less than 25 pounds)
- Specific vision abilities required for this job include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust or focus
- Exposure to extremely hot conditions (over 100 degrees)
- Exposure to cold conditions (below 32 degrees)
- Exposure to wet and/or humid conditions
- Required to perform in both rural and urban environments
- The noise level in the work environment usually is moderate
If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact 813-626-3303 or
email@example.com for assistance.
Pay Range: $14.00/hour
Status: Part-Time as Needed
Benefits: Not eligible