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Census workers needed locally
• Workers will contact households which don't respond to mail questionnaire
Census ceres
Manuel Nunes and Jim Barton set up a table Thursday evening at the Ceres Community Center in an effort to get more Census workers. - photo by Jeff Benziger

Part-time work that pays $18 an hour is being offered by the U.S. Census as the 2020 count begins.

Last week Census 2020 recruiters Jim Barton of Ceres and Manuel Nunes set up a table at the Ceres Community Center in an effort to get more workers. About 1,000 more workers are needed in Stanislaus County.

Hiring is being done through the online job application found online at and includes assessment questions about education level, work, and other experience. More information can be found by calling Barton at (209) 425-2112 or 1 (855) JOB-2020.

Most positions are anticipated to last several weeks, but employment may end at any time or hours of work may be reduced if there is a lack of available work. 

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Work schedules depend on the position. Generally, hours for field positions are flexible. Some field positions require those hired to work during the day so they can see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require you to interview members of the public, so an applicant must be available to work evenings and weekends, when people are usually at home. Supervisory positions require employees to be available for certain day, evening, and/or weekend shifts.

Hours for office positions are variable, depending on the availability of work. Most administrative work is done during regular business hours, but office employees may be required to work in the evenings and on weekends.

Applicants who are bilingual in English and other languages are encouraged to apply. However, all hires must be able to speak, read, and write in English.

Census takers also receive reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses, where applicable.

Households will be receiving a Census questionnaire in late March to early April. Census workers will only be contacting those who do not respond to the mail questionnaire. About 50 percent of all Americans tend to not respond the the questionnaire.