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In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country.
This is your chance to play a part in history! Temporary census positions offer the perfect opportunity to earn extra income, while at the same time, helping your community. Did you know: The results of the 2020 Census help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are spent locally for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. So it’s important that everyone is counted!
This page provides details about the positions themselves, including what you’ll need to apply and a timeline for the hiring process.
To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have a valid Social Security number.
- Be a U.S. citizen.*
- Have a valid email address.
- Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some assessment questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)
- Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
- Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting.
- Commit to completing training.
- Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends.
Most jobs require employees to:
- Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available.
- Have access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training).
If you are employed elsewhere, your current job must be compatible with Census Bureau employment and not create conflicts of interest. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Also, you must not engage in any partisan political activity while on duty.
The Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, visit our Equal Employment Opportunity page.
If you are a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference. Documentation supporting your claim for preference must accompany your application. For more information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans’ Preference page.
What to Expect
Most 2020 Census positions will likely last several weeks. These temporary positions can include census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. They feature:
- Competitive wages
- Weekly paychecks
- Flexible hours
- Paid training
Some positions require evening and/or weekend shifts because you must be available to interview members of the public when they are at home. In addition, most 2020 Census jobs require employees to have:
- A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle, unless public transportation is readily available
- Access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training)
While positions are available across the country, the Census Bureau is committed to hiring people to work in the area where they live. After all, you are likely the most familiar with the people and places within your own community.
To learn more about positions near you, contact your area census office at 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020) and select option 3. You may also use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII.
To learn more about specific pay rates in your area, please visit our Pay & Locations page.
Job offers for field positions are made approximately 60 days prior to training. The 60-day window between job offer and training allows time to conduct background checks (including fingerprinting). Job offers are contingent upon the outcome of the background check. Applicants who pass the background check are hired and trained approximately 60 days after they receive a job offer.
If you have questions, please contact: Chris Grivas, firstname.lastname@example.org, Recruiter, 2020 Census