Friday, December 25, 2009
The US Census Bureau is taking applications from people wanting to help with the decennial count in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Local Census Spokesperson Pam Golden says the process should be completed online as soon as possible. Most of the hiring will be done starting in January with the surveys being sent out mid March. “Census Day” is April 1st. Golden says most of the jobs will be “in the field.” In some cases Census workers will be hand delivering forms to homes without regular mail delivery and making calls on homes that have not returned the form. Pay for the “Part-time temporary” positions will range from $15.00 per hour to $18.75 per hour. Golden says the work hours are flexible and the Bureau tries to keep workers as close to home as possible to take advantage of the knowledge of the neighborhoods. She says that makes it an excellent job for someone looking to augment their income from another job but she says in some instance workers may be able to get as much as 40 hours a week. Depending on the job and the location, the work could begin almost immediately. Golden says the jobs will last for anywhere from three weeks to more than three months. Nationwide the Census Bureau plans to hire 1.4 million temporary workers.