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Census Bureau schedules testing for workers in the 2010 Census
Polk County Enterprise - February 2009
LIVINGSTON – The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up for the 2010 census and is hiring thousands of workers across the country, including many in Polk and surrounding counties. These temporary part-time jobs offer good pay from $8 to $19 per hour, flexible hours up to 40 hours a week and the chance to work near home. A basic employment test will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at Central Baptist Church Family Center in Livingston and at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in Onalaska at City Hall. Applicants must be legal U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older, have a valid Social Security number, be able to pass a background check and bring two forms of legal identification. Available positions include:
• Census takers – who will locate households, update address lists, explain the purpose of the census, conduct interviews with respondents and record responses on paper forms.
• Census crew leaders – who supervise census takers and crew leader assistants, meet daily with census takers to review their production and approve their daily payroll records, train census takers and crew leader assistants and ensure that procedures are followed.
• Census crew leader assistants – who assist the crew leaders by performing delegated tasks and performing some of the same field work as census takers.
• Recruiting assistants – who serve as local representatives who get the word about census jobs in the area in which they are assigned, locating, setting up and running applicant employment test sessions and reviewing and sending applicants’ materials to and from the Local Census Office (LCO).
• Census clerk – who perform a variety of office duties to support field activities, answering applicant calls and scheduling tests, supporting recruiting assistants, processing employee payroll and personnel actions and providing administrative support to field staff. All positions earn good pay, are paid weekly, work flexible hours, receive paid training and receive reimbursement for authorized mileage (55 cents a mile) and other expenses. The 30-minute employment test covers basic skills and consists of 28 multiple-choice questions which measure knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs. There are five parts to the test: clerical skills, reading, number skills, interpreting information and evaluating alternatives and organizational skills. In areas with large Spanishspeaking populations the test may be given in Spanish upon request but these applicants must also take an English-proficiency test. Every 10 years the U.S. government conducts a census of its population to help determine representation in government and how federal funds are spent in each community on things like roads, parks, housing, schools and public safety. For more information about the census, job opportunities, or to schedule a test, call 866-861-2010 or visit www.2010censusjobs.gov.