Recruiting Temporary Workers for the 2020 Census
The recruiting of hundreds of thousands of temporary workers for the 2020 Census – often described as the nation’s largest civilian mobilization — is now underway.
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting 2.7 million people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. The week of October 21, 2019, the Census Bureau will host 2,020 recruiting informational events across the country, including at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library during the Financial Wellness 101 classes on Tuesday, October 22nd at 5:30 PM and on Thursday, October 24th at 11:00 AM. This is your opportunity to learn more about the jobs so you can earn some extra income while helping your community.
Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Needed
In the spring of 2020, the Census Bureau will launch the largest 2020 Census field operation, known as Nonresponse Follow-up, Census Takers will knock on doors to follow up with households who have not responded to the census questionnaire.
Applicants can qualify for both field and office positions. The office positions, which are more limited, will be located in area census offices. The role of these offices is to recruit, select, hire, train, manage, and pay all office and field staff who work within the designated boundaries of the geographic territory assigned to the office.
The Census Bureau is in the process of opening 248 offices to support the 2020 Census. As these offices become ready for business, they are listed at 2020census.gov/jobs/pay-and-locations.
Easy to Apply
Applying for one of these jobs is simple. Just visit 2020census/jobs or call 855-JOB-2020 and select option 3 for more information. Pay rates for field and clerical jobs can be found at 2020census.gov/jobs/pay-and-locations. Whitfield, Murray, and Gordon pay rates are $14/hour for census takers.
Those who are being considered for a position will receive a telephone interview. If offered a job, they will receive instructions on next steps via email.
Applicants will need to complete paperwork online and make an appointment to get fingerprinted for the background check. Once they are offered the job, there will be a period of time before their start date to allow time for the background clearance process. To search for possible management positions, go to USAjobs.gov.
Most applications will remain active throughout the 2020 Census and may be considered as positions become available.
You may be eligible if:
- You are a U.S. citizen.
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You have a valid Social Security number.
- You have a valid e-mail address.
- You complete an application and assessment questions. (For some positions, the assessment questions may be available in Spanish; however, an English Proficiency Test may also be required.)
- You are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after December 31, 1959.
- You pass a criminal background check and a review of criminal records (including fingerprinting) as part of the Census Bureau’s hiring process.
- You do not engage in any partisan political activity while on duty.
- Your current employment (including law and regulatory enforcement jobs) is compatible with Census Bureau employment (reviewed on a case-by-case basis).
- You are available to work flexible hours, including days, evenings, and/or weekends.
- You commit to completing training. (If offered a job, you will be paid for this training at a training pay rate.)
Most jobs require employees to:
- Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available.
- Have access to a computer with Internet and an e-mail account (to complete training)