Census jobs

NEWTON COUNTY — The United States Census Bureau is looking to hire around 100 people in Newton County for temporary jobs during the 2020 Census.

The goal for peak census operations in Newton County is 99 and as of this week, 18 have applied.

A number of different jobs will be available for the 2020 Census including:

Recruiting Assistants — travel throughout geographic areas to visit with community-based organizations, attend promotional events and conduct other recruiting activities.

Office operations supervisors — assist in the management of office functions and day-to-day activities in one or more functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.

Clerks — perform various administrative and clerical tasks to support various functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.

Census field supervisors — conduct fieldwork to support and conduct on-the-job training for census takers, and/or to follow-up in situations where census takers have confronted issues such as not gaining entry to restricted areas.

Census takers work in the field. Some field positions require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require interviewing the public, so employees must be available to work when people are usually at home such as in the evening and on weekends.

People with language skills, including Spanish, are especially needed.

The temporary positions have flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends. All applicants must be 18 by the time they start work.

All applicants will be placed into an applicant pool for the 2020 Census field and considered as positions become available. Applications will remain active and undateable throughout the 2020 Census recruiting and hiring period.

For more information, call 1-855-562-2020 and select option three. Applicants can also visit the 2020 Census Job page at 2020census.gov/jobs.

According to a Census representative, veterans will receive hiring preference and disabled veterans get even more preference.

A number of these jobs require work in the field, which will start in September of this year. Phase 1, which is an eight week period that has field workers drive around and verify addresses. Employees will make $14 an hour and receive mileage reimbursement at the IRS rate.

The second eight-week phase is the questionnaire help phase. Workers will help census takers answer questions about filling out the questionnaire online. Employees will also make $14 an hour for this phase. Ths phase will run from February to March 2020.

The third phase (the non-response phase) will ask workers to go to addresses that didn’t respond to the questionnaire. Employees will also make $14 an hour and receive mileage reimbursement at the IRS rate during this phase.

There will be a job application help session July 23 at the Lake Village Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I am excited to offer this service to our community — what better partnership than libraries and data collection,” said Newton County Public Library Director Mary K. Emmrich.

Census Fast Facts

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and takes place every 10 years. Not only do we have to count people, but we also have to know where they live so we can provide accurate population numbers for counties, states, towns, and cities, etc. These numbers are used to draw school and voting districts.

Census data, collected every 10 years, determines your representation in Congress and determines how funds are spent in your community on things like roads, schools, and hospitals.

The 2020 Census will use a new design that incorporates online and phone response options in addition to the traditional paper option. The online response option allows people to respond on their desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, or tablets.

Here’s how the census helps you and your community:

Communities use the information to plan bus routes, draw school district boundaries, and offer community services. The information helps your community receive funding from the federal government.

Businesses use census data to decide where to put a store, office, or plant. These new locations create jobs and support the community’s economy. Businesses use the information to determine what to sell in their stores so communities get what they need.

2020 Census Job Qualifications

You may be eligible if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You have a valid Social Security number.
  • You have a valid e-mail address.
  • You complete an application and assessment questions. (For some positions, the assessment questions may be available in Spanish; however, an English Proficiency Test may also be required.)
  • You are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after December 31, 1959.
  • You pass a criminal background check and a review of criminal records (including fingerprinting) as part of the Census Bureau’s hiring process.
  • You do not engage in any partisan political activity while on duty.
  • Your current employment (including law and regulatory enforcement jobs) is compatible with Census Bureau employment (reviewed on a case-by-case basis).
  • You are available to work flexible hours, including days, evenings, and/or weekends.
  • You commit to completing the training. (If offered a job, you will be paid for this training at a training pay rate.)

Most jobs require employees to:

  • Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available.
  • Have access to a computer with Internet and an e-mail account (to complete training).