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State seeks 2,500 temporary works, online forms coming first

The U.S. Census Bureau is on the hunt for about 2,500 temporary workers in Colorado to help it get a proper count of everyone living in the state.

“Census takers will visit housing units and other dwellings to collect census answers in person from those that did not respond online, by mail, or by phone,” said bureau spokeswoman Laurie Cipriano.

The peak application season is now, although training won’t happen until March and April.

Hourly pay ranges from $16 to $22.50, depending on location. The jobs will last for several weeks and in some cases a few months. Hours are flexible and the positions come with paid training and expense reimbursement, including travel expenses for field workers.

This will be the first time the bureau has offered an online option for completing the census. To the degree that households go online or mail or phone in their surveys, the need for field workers to go knock on doors will be reduced.

Even so, the expectation is that a large number of feet on the street will still be needed.

In another first, people can apply for field positions online and do some of their training online, Cipriano said. The website address to apply at is

“We extend job offers for field positions approximately 60 days prior to training for each field operation,” said Cipriano. “Every applicant selected for a job goes through an independent background check.”

The count officially takes place on April 1, and survey takers will go out after that to reach the people who didn’t respond or live in group home settings. There will also be a count from March 30 to April 1 of the homeless.

College students and retirees looking to earn extra money or those wanting a second job are encouraged to apply. There is also a need for bilingual speakers fluent in a variety of languages to communicate with people in their communities.


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