U.S. Census Bureau seeks applicants

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By The Staff


The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking a pool of 138 qualified people in Carroll County from which to employ enumerators to conduct the door-to-door canvas of local residents for the 2010 Census.

According to Census Bureau spokesman Stan Reedy, most of those hired from Carroll County will be for part-time positions conducting the door-to-door canvas. Some office jobs will also be available.

Once every 10 years an effort is made to count every person living in the United States and its territories. In order to complete this huge undertaking, the Census Bureau will be hiring hundreds of thousands of census takers in support of peak census operations. If that seems like a lot, consider that those census takers, also known as enumerators, will be counting millions of people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.

The Census Bureau is currently looking for friendly and outgoing people to conduct in-person interviews with community residents who do not return their 2010 Census questionnaire, according to the federal agency. These temporary, part-time positions offer good pay and flexible hours. Enumerators will mostly work in their own communities.

According to the census bureau, it is easier for someone familiar with an area to navigate around it, so census takers usually work close to home. Officials say these jobs are ideal for retirees, college students or those seeking a second job to earn extra cash.

The Census Bureau is mobilizing such a large force to insure that every person is counted. The census data collected are used as vital information for community improvements, transportation planning, educational services and even emergency preparedness.

It is also used to determine each community’s representation in government and to direct hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, allocated for local projects, such as highways and bridges, public health and community based programs. It is important to make sure each community is accurately counted to ensure that it receives all it deserves.

The 2010 Census questionnaire will be delivered to every household in the spring of 2010. It contains a few simple questions that allow every man, woman and child in that household to be counted. Heads of households are then required by law to complete and return it for tabulation. However, some questionnaires are not returned. That’s where enumerators can help in contacting those in their communities who did not return the questionnaire and interviewing them directly for this vital information.

2010 Census job applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be able to pass a background check and take a 30-minute multiple-choice test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs, including basic clerical, reading, number and organizational skills. In most cases, workers will be required to have a valid driver’s license and have use of a vehicle.

While U.S. citizenship is required for census jobs, exceptions are possible in areas where bilingual abilities are needed, and no U.S. citizens are available.

All temporary census employees will attend specialized job training. Training sessions can be conducted on weekdays, evenings and weekends. All trainees will be paid their normal hourly rate for their time.

Conducting the census is a huge challenge and and applicants are needed from every walk of life. For additional information about 2010 Census jobs, or to take a practice employment test, visit the Web site www.2010censusjobs.gov. To schedule an appointment to take the employment test, call toll free: 1-866-861-2010.