Be a Census taker

Informational handout on how to apply for work with the 2020 Census.

BUCKHANNON — U.S. Census Bureau Recruiting Assistant Teresa Woody hosted an event last week at the Upshur County Public Library to recruit people of Upshur County to become involved in the 2020 Census. Woody explained that the application is simply a questionnaire and based on your skill set, you will be placed in a position – as an enumerator, a field supervisor, or a recruiter.  

The starting hourly wage in Upshur County is $15.50 with $.58 a mile for any travel.  Lewis County is offering $16.50 hourly.  It is required to work a minimum of 20 hours a week, although that is negotiable, but they prefer 40 hours.  Employees are paid weekly via direct deposit and income is not counted against WV Snap benefits.   There will also be paid training.  Employees can have a very flexible schedule with this job opportunity.  The dress code for these job opportunities is casual.  If your county has been taken care of, you may be asked to go to surrounding counties and assist there.  

According to Woody, getting everyone accounted for is crucial for government funding – the more people accounted for, the more funding they are likely to receive.  This funding goes towards thing such as education, infrastructure, public libraries, etc.   

Apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.  There is no resume required.  Upshur County is still in need of 150 applicants.  If computers are an issue, one will be provided after you are employed, and training will be provided as well.  Once you have applied, you will receive a call from Beckley, West Virginia in the following days or weeks.  

This could provide financial stability for some, or simply provide extra cash for already full-time employees.  Be involved in the 2020 US Census and help your state receive funding through this opportunity. 

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