U.S. Census Bureau Job Openings: Short-Term, Flexible Work Schedules

A census bureau job is short-term, pays better than minimum wage -- much better, as in $28 per hour in Alaska -- and has flexible hours. The federal Census Bureau is hiring all across the U.S.A.



Temporary Jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau

The United States Census Bureau is hiring thousands of temporary employees. Most hiring will be done in the summer of 2019. Besides the pay, it is a chance to be part of a historic data collection event. You might think of it as being paid to serve.

The U.S. Census Bureau hires temporary employees to work in the field, out in the community. They also hire census clerks and staffers who work in the Local Census Office (LCO). Many of the temp workers being hired for the 2020 census are census takers. Other positions are recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff.

Another name for "census taker" is "enumerator." Enumerators locate houses, explain the purpose for collecting the data, do the interviews, and record the information.

The US Census Bureau requires a test and training. You can find a practice test on the website. They pay you while you go through the training.

These are short term jobs. They expect many of the positions to last several weeks, but job times may actually be more or less.

The pay rate varies according to the position and the job location. I did some random checks. Many of them were about $20 an hour. Denver, Dallas, and San Diego are three that are over $20/hour. The lowest rate I saw was $13.50 an hour, for a county in West Virginia. Alaska was up to $28.00/hour.

Job locations are available throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. For info on job locations, call 1-855-562-2020, and follow the prompts.

The United States Census Bureau job website has a great deal of additional helpful information. The FAQ will probably answer many of your questions, including the eligibility requirements. There's a map that gives pay rates around the country.

You may apply on the website at 2020census.gov/jobs. or you may call the toll-free jobs line at 1-855-562-2020.

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