Bureau looking to fill census jobs locally


The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for people to help conduct the census locally.

The bureau is looking for thousands of people across the country to fill temporary positions for conducting the 2020 census. Locally, the majority of those jobs are for census takers and address canvassing, to update address lists and maps. The pay rate in Dubois County is $15 per hour. Workers are also reimbursed for work-related expenses, like mileage, a census spokesperson said.

There may be some supervisory and recruiting outreach positions available as well. And some clerical positions may be available at the census office in Indianapolis.

To be eligible for a census job, a person must be 18 years old or older, have a valid social security number and email address, and be a U.S. citizen. The person must complete an application, pass a criminal background check and be committed to completing training. For the training, employees must have access to a computer with internet and an email account.

Men born after Dec. 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption.

Candidates must be able to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings or weekends. If there is no public transportation available, employees must have a valid driver’s license.

The positions will last several weeks.

The census is taken every 10 years to get official population counts for every community in America. Census numbers are used to determine various things, including how much federal funding a state receives or the number of representatives a state is allocated in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Having a full and accurate count is important, local leaders have said. Committees are actively being formed in Dubois County to make sure that every person living in Dubois County knows about the census and are counted.

A census representative will be at Saturday’s Family Festival at the William Schroeder Soccer Complex, 405 W. Second St., Jasper, to help people fill out applications and answer questions about available census positions. Applications can be filled out online here. The process takes about 30 minutes, and people can apply for all positions through one application.

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