PORT TOWNSEND — The U.S. Census Bureau is at about 71 percent of its recruiting target for hiring Jefferson and Clallam county residents to work as managers and enumerators for the 2020 Census.
Recruiting has been going well, but more are needed, said Lorraine Ralston, U.S. Census Bureau partnership specialist in a press release from Jefferson County.
“We need a little more help in Jefferson,” Ralston said.
Positions needed are managers and enumerators (census takers), and the pay varies from $16 to $17.50 an hour. Hours are flexible, and applicants need to be at least 18 to apply, Ralston said.
“Basically you can tell us what times you are available and we will work within your schedule,” Ralston said.
Clallam County also is still hiring, said media spokesperson Toby Nelson.
“We’re definitely recruiting for enumerators in both Clallam and Jefferson counties, with pay rates in each at $16 an hour,” Nelson said Tuesday.
“As of today, we are at approximately 71 percent of our recruiting target in both counties and will continue actively recruiting through the end of this month.”
A census recruitment information station will be staffed by census employees Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the Clallam County Courthouse lobby, 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles. Information on available positions will be available.
A census worker could earn an estimated $5,000 to $6,500 total working full-time for the seasonal position that lasts through summer. Opportunities are available for four-week shifts that can be extended, and all training is provided, Ralston said.
Census income does not affect SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) recipients in Washington state.
The online application can be found at tinyurl.com/PDN-censusapp.
Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected].