With the start of the U.S. Census just a month away, the U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire workers to help conduct the nation’s decennial headcount.
To help, the Census connect with potential workers, the NC Works Career Center is hosting a Census 2020 job fair event today in Elizabeth City.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NC Works Career Center at 422 McArthur Drive.
Everett Towler of the U.S. Census Bureau will be on hand to answer questions about job opportunities with the 2020 Census and to take applications.
Edith Evans, NC Works Center business solutions career adviser, said Wednesday that various temporary positions with the Census will be available.
“The majority involve going door-to-door doing census-taking, Evans said, though she added some office positions are also available.
Some of the jobs start immediately but many will begin later in the year, according to Evans.
A half-dozen or so Census 2020 job fairs have already been held in the area, and another is slated for Feb. 25 at the NC Works Career Center in Edenton from 9 a.m. to noon.
Hundred of applicants are being sought, Evans said. Available positions include numerators and census takers.
There are positions available in Pasquotank County and in all surrounding counties, according to Evans.
The Census website states that in order to be eligible for a 2020 Census job applicants must be at least 18 and have a valid Social Security number.
In addition, applicants must be a U.S. citizen — though the website also states non-citizens may be hired in certain circumstances. Specifically, non-citizen translators who are legally entitled to work in the United States may be hired to assist with census-taking field operations “if there are no available citizens who can be hired with the necessary non-English language skills,” according to the website.
Other requirements include having a valid email address; completing an application and answering assessment questions; being able to speak, read, and write in English; and for males born after Dec. 31, 1959, being registered with the Selective Service System or having a qualifying exemption.
Applicants must also agree to be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check and submit to a review of criminal records performed by the Census Bureau. They must also commit to complete the Census training and be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings and weekends.