Census hiring for 2010 count

January 26, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The 2010 census might seem a long way off, but if Washington County is to get its fair share of federal dollars, the work must begin now, U.S. Census Bureau officials say.

For those hired to help compile an accurate count, a part-time job paying $11 to $17 an hour for up to two years also could be a bonanza in these trying economic times.

"We are hiring right now," said Jean Bishop, recruiting assistant for the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nearly 1,000 part-time jobs are being filled in several Maryland counties, including Washington County, a census representative said Monday.

An accurate count is vital, Bishop said. Postcards will go out near the end of this year to let residents know their Census surveys will come out in early 2010.

In 1990, the population in Washington County was undercounted, resulting in the loss of an estimated $14 million in federal funding, according to published reports just prior to the 2000 census count.


The U.S. census takes place every 10 years. The information helps the federal government decide which areas need federal funding.

The positions available include census takers (enumerators), clerks, administrative assistants, recruiting assistants, crew leaders and assistant crew leaders.

Paid training and flexible hours are offered. People can call 866-861-2010, toll-free, to apply and set up a test, Bishop said.

Testing sessions are set up at Hancock, Clear Spring, Williamsport, Smithsburg, Boonsboro, Hagerstown, Hagerstown Community College, Kaplan College, Washington County Free Library and the Washington County One-Stop Job Center.

"We are currently working on a couple more testing/application sites," Bishop said.

There will be jobs for people of all ages, all levels of mobility and varying hours of availability, she said.

Although the regional office is in Frederick, Md., Bishop said workers need not travel there to do their work.

"We want to keep workers in their county and even in their own neighborhoods as much as possible," she said.

That not only helps workers but makes gathering information easier when residents know the workers are local residents, Bishop said.

Staff Writer Andrew Schotz contributed to this story.

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