Many sign companies have what it’s called “The night Patrol”
They are people that are hired to scout at night signs that are out and other lighting that are covered by the service department ,
This is done by every sign maintenance service provider .
With smart phones nowadays it’s a very easy task , because there are programs like www.evernote.com in which you can take photos and write notes and they are stored in the cloud where they can be retrieved later from your computer. This program is very helpful when you go out aty night in a “Night patrol” hunting for those signs that are not working.
Sometimes the owners don’t know that their signs are not lighting up.
A method i used to use was that i took a photo at night of the sign and took notes of the address , then back on my computer i would google the business on google maps and would find all the information i needed, including phone number and e mail address, so i e mail them a photo of their sign and told them that i would visit them in a couple of days , giving them time to check out their sign and confirm that it was not working properly.
By the time i went to visit them i already had evaluated the sign just by what i saw at night , and i could give them a rough estimate.
The best times to offer your services is right before a holiday like Christmas, mother day, Halloween etc.
Here is the job duties of a company in Las Vegas of “The Night Patrol Specialist”
Drives truck or automobile over specified geographic areas to locate and report sign and lighting outages and sign service issues by performing the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Maintains surveillance from personal vehicle to detect evidence of sign and lighting outages and sign service issues
Documents outages by taking pictures and writing down other details
Locates signs on area map, determines sign and lighting outage and/or sign service issues location and address
Estimates size and characteristics of outage or service issue, and reports findings to supervisor.
Relays information to other interested departments, store managers, and/or owners
Determines and plans best travelling routes to ensure specified geographic area is fully surveyed and best time management is utilized
Maintains records and logbooks
Performs cleaning, preventative, and operator maintenance on YESCO company vehicles
MARGINIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Assists Night Patrol Supervisor with duties
Draws maps to assist techs and contractors locate outages
Performs other functions as necessary or as assigned
NATURE OF WORK CONTACTS
Interacts daily with supervisor, service, and sales employees in the field and in the office to discuss observations of possible sales/service leads and/or service issues
TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Less than high school education; or up to one month related sign project experience or training; must have a state issued driver’s license in good standing; or any combination of education, experience, and training which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, correspondence, and memos
Ability to write simple correspondence
Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization
Ability to read, interpret, and apply safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
Ability to drive an automobile
Ability to communicate in person
Ability to see from a distance
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed in company owned vehicles. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to sit; use computer to enter data; use telephone to converse with YESCO employees. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Specific vision abilities include clarity of vision at a distance of 50 feet or more.