Census Bureau seeking field workers, supervisors

Testing for temporary jobs is offered around county

January 16, 2000|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Census Bureau is recruiting and testing applicants for part-time temporary work.

The test is given in Westminster at 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Carroll County Department of Social Services, 10 Distillery Drive, and at 9 a.m. Thursdays at the Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St.

The bureau also has set up testing throughout the month in several other areas of Carroll County, said Wayne Kline, who is in charge of recruiting temporary part-time census workers in a five-county area that includes Carroll. Call 888-325-7733 for dates and times.

The test consists of 28 questions to measure reading, numerical and clerical skills. Applicants must bring two forms of identification to the test site. For specific information on which documents are required and guidelines for applicants, call the toll-free number or visit the agency's Web site at www.census.gov.

Those who pass the test must pass an FBI background check.

Employment is expected to begin in mid-April, said Tracy Barss, the area manager of recruiting. Barss, who is based in Hagerstown, said the Census Bureau needs local residents to collect data -- verify addresses, interview, canvass, list and visit households that did not respond to a census questionnaire. The position pays $10 per hour.

The bureau is also seeking crew leaders to train and supervise the data collectors. Supervisors are paid $11.50 per hour.

Supervisors and field workers will work in all weather and may be able to work up to 40 hours a week. They must work in the community where they live.

Terry Willis, spokeswoman for the U.S. Census Bureau, said the number of weeks the employees will work will vary.

"Generally, they will work from six to eight weeks after they begin," Willis said. "If we get a good response, it could take less time. If we do not get a great response, then it could take longer."

The bureau plans an open house at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 920 West Washington St., Hagerstown.

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