COLUMBIA—The U.S. Census Bureau is taking applications in Columbia for its 2010 count.
The positions are temporary, part-time jobs paying $10 to $14 hourly. Hortencia Wilcox, local census manager of the Springfield office, which includes Columbia and Cape Girardeau territories, said the bureau is currently hiring address canvassers, crew leaders and field supervisors with recruiting that will continue for the next year-and-a-half.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Bilingual workers are encouraged to apply.
Anyone interested in applying should contact the U.S. Census Bureau at 1-866-861-2010. Callers will be connected to an office based on their zip code and a representative will then schedule an appointment for the employment exam. Testing sessions are being set up in Columbia, and recruiting is based on need in each area.
In addition to the $10 to $14 hourly rate, paid weekly, employees will receive pay for their four days of training.
"We're hiring all throughout the year, but the next few weeks are most important," Wilcox said. "We have a window of hiring within the next few weeks. If we don't get people from Columbia, we'll have to get people from somewhere else. And that's a disservice to Columbia."
The bureau needs applicants from across Missouri, including rural areas.
"We do need a lot of people from Boone County, Franklin, Cooper, Moniteau," Wilcox said. "We need as many people as we can in rural areas and rural counties."
Employees will be working in their own communities, anywhere from 20 to 40 hours weekly. Address canvassing, which starts within the next few weeks, will require updating addresses by checking for any new residences and updating census maps with the aid of hand-held electronic devices.
"Address canvassing is about verifying addresses and updating the database," said Janice Prezwodek, assistant manager for field operations of the Kansas City Early Local Census Office. "A lot has changed since the last census."
Most of the work will be conducted during daylight hours and public transportation costs and mileage will be reimbursed.
Some field employees will conduct interviews with residents, which would entail some evening and weekend hours.
Phone lines are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wilcox said callers should leave their name, phone number and county of residence if they get a busy signal. Wilcox said a representative would return their call.