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By Beth Lawrence


Before the Census count begins, the Census Bureau will need to hire staff to support survey efforts.

Although the position is temporary, Jackson County residents hired to help conduct the census can expect to make at least $17 an hour, Caroline LaFrienier , a county planner said.

“There are quite a few opportunities to work for the 2020 Census,” she said. “You can be a census taker, a census field supervisor, a recruiting assistant, a clerk or an office operations supervisor.”

The Census Bureau estimates needing 845 applicants from Jackson County, and so far 296 have applied, according to La-Frienier.

Census takers are the foot soldiers. They are the ones who go from house to house knocking on the doors of residents who have not sent in their Census questionnaire. They interview the occupants and update address lists and other information.

New hires are provided paid training courses before hitting the streets. 

Census takers answer to field supervisors who monitor their progress and ensure that work is well done and completed on time.

“Thousands of Census field supervisors need to be hired,” LaFrienier said. 

Recruiting assistants give presentations about the survey, meet with community representatives, the news media, employment agencies and others to promote Census job opportunities and recruit employees.

Census Bureau offices will need clerks to perform administrative and clerical duties payroll, personnel, recruiting and field operations. They are also in need of office operations supervisors.

To qualify for a job with the Census Bureau, applicants must: be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be a U.S. citizen, have a valid email address, complete an application and assessment questions, be registered with the Selective Service or have a qualifying exemption, pass a fingerprint and background check, be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends and be able to speak, read and write in English.

“Bilingual applicants are also needed and are encouraged to apply,” LaFrienier said.

Most positions will last several weeks. Pay is on a weekly basis. To apply visit: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs/how-to-apply.html.