Every 10 years, since 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau has set out to count all of the people in the country. Even using help from the U.S. Postal Service, digital and print advertising, phone and Internet surveys, and smart hand-held devices to count people in the field, in real time, and only count them once, the task is daunting.
So, the Census Bureau is looking to hire thousands of temporary workers across the country including Census takers, recruiting assistants, clerks, Census field supervisors, office staff and supervisory staff to get the 2020 Census done.
Applicants can apply for the wide range of jobs at the 2020 Census Jobs
website. The pay for a Census taker in Prince William County is $18.50 per hour, according to the bureau's website. Field workers will also be reimbursed for work-related expenses and mileage where applicable.
Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be a U.S. citizen, have access to a computer with a valid email address and Internet access to complete training. To be hired, people will also need to pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting. Men born after Dec. 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System.
People who complete the training and get hired will need to be able to work flexible hours including days, evenings and weekends. Access to a vehicle, and a valid drivers' license are also required, unless public transportation is readily available, according to the website.
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each state's representation in the U.S. Congress, how money is spent for schools, hospitals, roads and more, so people who help ensure a correct count will be doing their part to help their community. "As a valued member of the Census Team, you will be responsible for contributing to the fabric of our nation – where everyone counts," the census website stated.
Most of the Census jobs are expected to last several weeks, but employment may end at any time, or hours may be reduced if there is a lack of work, according the bureau's website.
People who qualify to work for the Census Bureau will become part of an applicant pool for 2020 Census field positions and will be contacted as work becomes available in their area. For more information, contact 1-855-JOB-2020. Applicants may also contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
For more information, visit the 2020 Census Jobs web page at https://2020census.gov/jobs.