Census Bureau Creates Jobs in Rhode Island
Posted on March 3, 2010
The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring several recruiting assistants in Rhode Island. According to the Census Bureau, it is preferable that the applicant be bilingual in English and at least one of the following languages: Arabic, Khmer (Cambodian), Italian, Laotian, Portuguese/Creole, Russian or Spanish.
Recruiting assistants work in the field to promote census jobs to recruit new applicants, locate, set up and run applicant employment testing sessions, and review and send applicants materials to and from the local census office. Hours include days, evenings and weekends.
These jobs come just in time for many, as unemployment benefits will begin phasing out for thousands of Rhode Islanders starting Monday. Congress failed to pass a temporary benefits-extension bill on Thursday. But as of today, it appears the extension bill will be passed, giving some relief to the unemployed.
Besides being bilingual, a driver’s license and use of a car is required for these positions. In order to apply, there is a testing session that will be scheduled. A valid form of identification is required in order to apply for the Census Bureau positions in Rhode Island. Pay will be up to $17.50 per hour, full time.
Applicants must attend an application/testing session and bring current, valid ID, such as passport, permanent resident card, drivers license or Social Security card; and take a 30-minute multiple choice test. A resumé and cover letter would be helpful.
According to the Census website, conducting the census is a huge undertaking. Hundreds of thousands of census takers are needed nationwide to help locate households and conduct brief personal interviews with residents. Most positions require a valid driver’s license and use of a vehicle. However, use of public transportation may be authorized in certain areas.
Every 10 years, the Census Bureau takes a snapshot of our population, determining how many people reside within the nation’s borders, who they are, and where they live. The results help determine your representation in government, as well as how federal funds are spent in your community on things like roads, parks, housing, schools, and public safety. As a census taker, you’ll play a vital role in making sure that everyone is counted.
All census takers must be able to speak English, but people who have bilingual skills are needed in communities where a large number of residents primarily speak other languages. If you have the appropriate language skills and cultural knowledge to communicate well in your community, we encourage you to apply.