The Decennial Census is the largest civilian mobilization outside of wartime.
Why should Douglas County care if the Census Bureau is hiring?
1. Because you want “trusted voices” approaching your residents – not some stranger or Federal employee knocking on your door. The more people that complete the Census starting in mid-march, the more federal dollars coming back to our county.
2. The Bureau has determined that by December 1st Douglas County will need
235 applicants to stay on-tract to have enough local employees to help with the 2020 census.
Right now, there are 88 qualified applicants in Douglas County
3. Working for the Census happens in 6-8-week cycles. After a cycle ends,
you can choose to continue working or just be done.
These jobs are:
• Perfect for Senior Citizens, college-age kids, even High School Seniors
• Must work a minimum of 12 hours per week but no more than 40 hours per week.
• Flexible schedule you can select each week.
• Must work minimum of 12 hrs/wk & less than 40 hrs/wk
• Paid Training
• Paid work-related mileage
• Weekly paychecks
• The different types of temporary census jobs:
o Address Canvassing --- (July-September) DONE
o Recruiting Assistants-going on now through April 2020. They go to the libraries or workforce centers to staff Applicant Days—going on now.
o Group Quarters Enumerators (known as census takers) - February 2020 (help count people in assisted living, care centers, college dorms, prisons, migrant workers quarters, etc.)
o Update Leave census takers – March & April 2020 (people that will deliver the census postcard to non-traditional addresses)
o Census takers – May thru August 2020. They go to the residents that did not self-respond by phone, mail, or on the internet.
The first step to apply for US Census Bureau Temporary jobs is to complete the online job application found at 2020census.gov/jobs OR you could complete the application at the Douglas County CareerForce located at: 303 22nd Ave West in Alexandria. They are open 8:30am to 4:30pm. The application process should take about 30 minutes and will include some assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience.
If you would like someone available if you have questions while completing the application, stop by the Workforce Center on the 1st Thursday of every month (until April 2020) from 8:30-10:30am OR the 3rd Thursday of every month (until April 2020) from 2:00-4:00pm.
11/7, 12/5, 1/2, 2/6, 3/5 from 8:30-10:30am AND 11-21, 12-19, 1-16, 2-20, 3-19, 4-16 from 2:00-4:00pm
Information needed to work for the US Census Bureau:
• 18 years or older
• Social Security Number
• Home address (physical location and mailing address)
• Phone number
• Email address
• Date and place of birth
• Pass a background check
• Complete four days of paid training
• Register with Selective Service (male)
• Complete application and pass an assessment
• Be a U.S. Citizen …… but the Bureau may open jobs to non-citizens, if needed.
In 2010, the Census Bureau 700,000 employees. Of those 700,000 less than 4,000 were non-citizens hired to be interpreters
***Reminder: The Federal Government works SLOWLY. It may take 3 - 4 months before an applicant hears anything back from the Bureau.
(I’ve never heard of anyone being hired in less than 3 months from the date they applied online)