RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire thousands of residents in the Richmond metro area. The agency is in need of clerks, field supervisors, and crew leaders. People can begin filling out applications right now.
The bulk of positions are for census takers. Those are folks who go door-to-door, conducting brief interviews with households that did not return their census questionnaire.
Some 1500 census takers are needed in Richmond - about a thousand in Henrico - for temporary, part time and full time work.
"The census takers are going to make $17 to $18," said George Jamerson, Richmond Census Office Manager.
That's per hour. Census takers must meet certain qualifications including passing a background check.
"Just as long as they are over 18 years old, and do not have criminal background; as long as the FBI clears them they're clear with us.," said Jamerson.
Applicants are required to take a written test in English or Spanish.
"It's common sense stuff about addresses. Just to know that you understand how to walk around city blocks, and that you're looking for numbers on the right and left side, and they correspond to odd and even numbers," he said.
Those with the highest scores will be hired first. Census takers will mainly work evenings and weekends.
"We carry our census bag which will have forms we need to conduct our census related business once we're at the home," said Waverly Pointer, Census taker.
It's a job Pointer knows firsthand. He's knocked on numerous doors to get information from households that did not return their census questionnaire.
"It's normally receptive once they know why you're there because everybody has heard of the census," said Pointer.
Pointer says census workers are usually assigned to cover areas in their own neighborhood. But that's not always the case.
"Sometimes you might have to send two people to one address to work one area just for safety factors - but we haven't had any incidents," he said.
Applications will be accepted through the end of February. If you do apply for the position of census taker you must take a confidentiality oath. Breaking that oath could cost you time and money.
Most of the positions will last five to ten weeks. To apply or learn more, call the U.S. Census Bureau office at 1-866-861-2010 or just visit their website by clicking here.