The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country to reach its goal of more than 2 million applicants.
The positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. The pay rate for the Ventura area is $19-$21 per hour.
Whether people are looking to earn some extra cash, pay down student debt, or offset holiday season spending, our part-time positions are a great way to do that. Working for the Census can help shape the future of your community for the next 10 years.
Who is the job for?
Anyone age 18 and older, such as recent high school graduates, college students, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and people who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. People who already have jobs and want to earn extra income evenings and weekends are also encouraged to apply. The selection process begins this month, with paid training occurring in March and April. After paid training, most positions work between May and early July. The Census Bureau makes every effort to hire locally so census takers are familiar with the neighborhoods they are assigned to work.
About the job
Census takers are critical for their communities during the 2020 Census — going door to door to collect responses from households who have not responded online, by phone or by mail.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted every 10 years. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and inform how state, local and federal lawmakers will allocate billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities every year for the next 10 years.
About the census
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
It’s also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
How to take the census
There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census. By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
- By phone.
- By mail.
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.
Preventing an undercount
We are working on strategies to make sure the count of our population is as complete as possible for the 2020 Census. There is no single cause for the undercount, so there is no single solution. We continue to work with other federal agencies and organizations to ensure everyone is counted.
Historically, for a variety of reasons, some groups of people are undercounted. Research over decades has shown that people who are renters, non-English speakers, children, low-income, or those who change residences frequently are more likely to be missed in the census.
The more complex the household is, the greater the risk that a person in that household won’t be included on the census questionnaire. Confusion, fear and misunderstanding of who should be counted at an address also contribute to the undercount.
More than 120 materials and resources across languages are now available on the 2020 Census website, with more additions coming later this month. Visit the Outreach Materials page at 2020census.gov/partners to find downloadable handouts, posters, social media posts, toolkits and other resources to support your 2020 Census outreach. Materials can be filtered by language, type and audience and can be used both digitally and in print.
Visitors to the 2020 Census website can use an interactive version of the 2020 Census questionnaire to explore the questions asked on the census and access translated web pages and guides in 59 languages other than English, as well as resources in large print. Resources for American Sign Language and Braille are coming soon.
Some of the many materials and resources now available include:
- 2020 Census Recruitment Toolkit
- Brochure About Residence Criteria
- Fact Sheet: The 2020 Census and Confidentiality
- 2020 Census FAQ
- Partnership Fact Sheet
- Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census
- Sample Copy of the 2020 Census Questionnaire
- Benefits of Being Counted Poster
- Social Hub