Several representatives with the U.S. Census Bureau attended a meeting last week where the focus of their presentation was the urgent need to hire hundreds more workers in Milledgeville and Baldwin County, as well as elsewhere across Georgia. The Census representatives posed for this group photograph.

Looking for a job that pays well and where hours are flexible? Then the U.S. Census Bureau just might be the place to go.

The pay for Census Takers was recently boosted from $14.50 an hour to $17 an hour and on top of it, those chosen to work as field representatives also receive $0.58 reimbursement by the government for every mile they drive while on the job.

Catherine Dean serves as one of the local coordinators for the U.S. Census Bureau and indicated that hundreds of such jobs are available and need to be filled.

She informed a group of residents about the job opportunities during a recent special community educational meeting.

Dean explained that several team members from other counties have joined her and are assisting her in Milledgeville and Baldwin County of late.

“They have graciously come out of their home counties to work for Baldwin and the Census to try and get us up to speed,” Dean said. “We’re behind currently about 900 applicants. Baldwin County is considered one of those hard to count counties for many different reasons. So, right now, we are doing a big push. Y’all are going to see us all over town, everywhere you can possibly imagine, trying to spread the Census information and trying to get people to apply to work for the Census.”

Dean pointed out that the more people who are hired to work for the U.S. Census Bureau, the more accurate a count of residents living in Milledgeville and Baldwin County will be gathered.

“And we want everybody counted because counting everyone means dollars,” Dean said. “And dollars mean improved roads, improved schools, improve services in our community. The Census is the basis for everything that we are going to get to better our community in the next 10 years.”

Dean, who lives in Milledgeville, said she wants Baldwin County to get the best count possible.

“And that means we’ve got to put several more hundred people to work,” she stressed. “So, if you can, please spread the word, so we can get our team trained and ready. We start in March.”

Right now, persons interested in applying to work with the U.S. Census Bureau can apply online.

The website is 2020census.gov/jobs.

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked a series of questions related to educational background, work background and other experience.

Those needing assistance in that process can call 1-855-562-2020 or contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII.

Persons interested in such a job are required to have a functioning email address.

Several packets of information were given out to prospective job seekers at last week’s meeting.

“We were at $14.50 an hour, but we got a raise (Friday, a week ago) to $17 an hour,” Dean said.

She explained that those who work for the U.S. Census Bureau are paid on a weekly basis.

“You are paid weekly, every Wednesday,” Dean said. “You get flexible hours, so you can work around other jobs, school hours.”

Even high school seniors, who are at least 18, are eligible to apply for such jobs.

“They can work and earn money for prom or spring break coming up,” Dean said. “Some parents might need some graduation money coming up.”

Those selected to work with the U.S. Census Bureau receive pay while in training, she added. And such training is provided, locally.

“So, you don’t have to go out of Baldwin County,” Dean said. “I have secured training sites in the county.”

After someone has gone through the training process and they are actually hired, they also are will be reimbursed 58-cents per mile for using their own vehicle, she pointed out.

“That’s very, very good,” Dean said. “That’s a very high rate of reimbursement.”

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