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How to apply
Twenty hopeful people gathered on a recent weekday morning around conference tables in a Martinez hall. Half were men and half were women. Their ages ranged from young adult to retiree. And they were all there to secure temporary employment.
The U.S. Census Bureau is currently testing for 2010 census takers. These are the people who go door-to-door, to talk to residents who didn’t mail in their answers. Census takers in the SF Bay Area are some of the highest paid nationwide, getting $22 hr.
The census is used in distributing hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to states and localities for public programs in education, community health care, public transportation, housing, and other areas.
“In Contra Costa County alone we plan on testing 6,000 people and hiring 3,000,” announced recruiting assistant Juan Donado. The test consists of 28 questions and test takers are given 30 minutes to finish. “We’ll be testing through mid-February,” said Donado.
Census takers work in their own communities from April 1 to May 10. The U.S. Census website makes applying simple. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply. Those hired will attend a four hour paid training.
You may qualify to be a census worker if:
- You are able to read, write, and speak English.
- You are a U.S. citizen.
- You are a legal permanent resident, or non-citizen with an appropriate work visa, and you possess a bilingual skill for which there are no available qualified U.S. citizens.
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You have a valid social security number.
- You take a written test of basic skills.
- You have a appropriate identification.
- You pass a background check.
- You commit to four days of training. You will be paid for training days. Training can be held either during daytime hours or during evening and weekend hours.
If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/59, you must confirm that you are registered with the Selective Service System. For more information, please visit the Selective Service System’s Web site at: http://www.sss.gov.
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