The U.S. Census Bureau will soon be opening offices in the area and planning its operations for conducting the 2010 Census.
The Bureau will be recruiting local people to hold a number of part-time, temporary field positions.
Those include Lister/Address Canvasser at $11.50 per hour, Crew Leader at $13 per hour, Crew Leader Assistant at $11.50 per hour and Field Operations Supervisor at $14.50 per hour.
“The pay is good, the hours are flexible, and the work is close to home,” according to the Census Bureau website.
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a census of the population. The results help to determine how each geographical area will represented in the government.
Data gathered during the census also help determine how federal money will be spent, whether on health care, education, jobs, home ownership, community safety, community services, or aid for children and seniors.
“Census-taker jobs are excellent for retirees, college students, persons who want to work part-time, persons who are between jobs, or just about anyone who wants to earn extra money while performing an important service for their community,” the website states.
These temporary jobs last between five and 10 weeks.
Census-takers are paid weekly, paid for training, and receive reimbursement for authorized mileage and related expenses.
Bilingual applicants are encouraged, and all applicants must speak English.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid social security number, and be registered for the Selective Service
They must also take a 30-minute basic skills test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities to perform a variety of census jobs.
Skills measured are clerical skills, reading, number skills, interpreting information and evaluating alternatives, and organizational skills.
Employment tests will be conducted in McKinleyville Thursday Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. Call (866) 861-2010 for information about testing sites.
Applications and forms may be downloaded from the Census Job Posting Website at www.census.gov/rosea/www/emply.html.
Applicants should bring the completed application and I-9 forms, along with valid identification, to the testing site.