U.S. Census Bureau hiring thousands of temporary workers

SEATTLE, Wash. — 2020 is here, and efforts to ensure everyone is counted in this year’s census are accelerating.

The U.S. Census Bureau has recently ramped up national recruiting efforts to hire thousands of temporary census takers in communities across the country.

In March, households will receive a notice in the mail asking them to respond to the census, and they will be able to do so online, by mail or by phone. If they don’t respond, multiple reminders will be sent out.

If a household still does not respond by May, the bureau will have workers go door-to-door and get residents to respond to the census in person. These “door-knocker” positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training and weekly paychecks. After a period of paid training, work will start on May 1.

“The position is really ideal for a recent retiree or college graduate or even somebody looking for temporary full-time work,” said Toby Nelson with the U.S. Census Bureau.

Data from the census can ultimately have multiple impacts on communities going forward. Results will help decide how many seats each state receives in the House of Representatives for the next ten years, and determine how more than $650 billion per year in funding will be distributed.

“It’s really crucial that people respond to the census not only for themselves but also for their communities,” said Nelson.

Applications to be a temporary worker are available online and will be accepted through the end of February. To learn more about these positions or apply, click here.