A UFO field investigator is all the above.
Yes, a UFO field investigator is a legitimate role. In fact, with new UFO cases being reported daily, a field investigator is an exciting job for inquisitive minds interested in promoting research on UFOs to discover the true nature of the phenomenon.
“As trained UFO field investigators, we collect sighting reports of unidentified flying objects, and then we go investigate them, says Joseph Flammer, New York field investigator with the Mutual UFO Network. “We get leads on mysterious UFO cases from around the globe, and it’s our job to follow-up on those leads and collect the data for use by researchers worldwide.”
The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) is the world's oldest and largest UFO phenomenon investigative body. MUFON has nearly 600 active field investigators that review and report on hundreds of sightings each month from around the world.
In the reporting and investigation of UFO sightings, field investigators strive to use the scientific method, reviewing and studying the data they collect to make sure that what they are seeing is truly an unknown. Data is collected through online reports that identify specific information that can be used to make sure the accounts are as accurate as possible, including: date, time, latitude, longitude, witness report, witness background and age, UFO color, shape and brightness, and directional information.
AUFO field investigator is typically first to respond to witness reports. At the site, the investigator takes pictures, interviews the witnesses who made the report and collects additional information. They also look for the possibility that the witness misinterpreted what was seen. Oftentimes witness reports are complicated and require clarification. Part of the field investigator’s job is to ask good questions to ensure the details are as accurate as possible.
“Although there is comprehensive training to become a field investigator, it’s sometimes unchartered territory that we venture into,” says Flammer. “It’s easy for us to feel like we need to know everything connected to UFOs in order be good field investigators. But that’s not necessarily true. Sometime we learn as we go.”
UFO field investigators are trained to approach cases with an eye for research and scientific breakthroughs. Their work also helps to educate the public on the UFO phenomenon and its potential impact on society.
Flammer adds, “Being a field investigator has given me great personal insight into the stark realism that extraterrestrials are in our world. I, for one, decided I’m going to do something about it. That’s why I’m a field investigator.”
Since 1969, MUFON field investigators have examined more than 83,000 cases.
Curious minds can join MUFON and help in the investigation by becoming an official member of the organization. Field Investigators also are needed to assist with research projects and programs.
Established in 1969, The Mutual UFO Network, headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, is the world’s largest research organization dedicated to investigating, researching and reporting incidents and activities related to the UFO phenomenon. A 501 3 c organization, the non-profit group has chapters in 43 countries and all 50 states and funds ongoing research and regular reporting of investigated and vetted UFO phenomena. MUFON.com.