CENSUS WORKER JOBS AVAILABLE IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY; LOCAL “NONRESPONSE FOLLOWUP” TO BEGIN IN LATE SUMMER

Jul 08, 2020
CENSUS WORKER JOBS AVAILABLE IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY; LOCAL “NONRESPONSE FOLLOWUP” TO BEGIN IN LATE SUMMER
CENSUS WORKER JOBS AVAILABLE IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY; LOCAL “NONRESPONSE FOLLOWUP” TO BEGIN IN LATE SUMMER
CENSUS WORKER JOBS AVAILABLE IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY; LOCAL “NONRESPONSE FOLLOWUP” TO BEGIN IN LATE SUMMER

PRESS RELEASE – July 6, 2020

News Media Contact:
Julia McHugh, APR, [email protected], 805-569-3303, 805-708-1006 (cell)

 

CENSUS WORKER JOBS AVAILABLE IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY; LOCAL “NONRESPONSE FOLLOWUP” TO BEGIN IN LATE SUMMER

 

In-Person Visits Delayed by COVID-19 Restrictions,

Census Takers to be Trained on Social Distancing Protocols

 

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Jobs as temporary, part-time positions as census takers are available in Santa Barbara County as local organizers ramp up for in-person visits to households that have not yet responded to the U.S. Census. Bilingual applicants are especially encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, visit www.2020census.gov/jobs.

Originally slated for March 2020, these Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) visits were postponed due to restrictions put in place because of COVID-19. The Census paused hiring for temporary workers needed for in-person operations. Door to door visits by census takers in Santa Barbara County is expect to begin in August.

The local Census office in Camarillo, closed during the lockdown, has reopened as part of a phased return-to-work plan.

“It is not too late to apply for high-paying, temporary jobs to support the Santa Barbara County 2020 Census,” said Joni Maiden, co-chair of the Santa Barbara County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee. “Our county’s self-response rate is 66.1% as of July 1, but our goal is to count every resident in our community. Every person left uncounted equates to a loss of $2,000 per person, per year for the next ten years. Anyone looking to earn extra income and help their community should take the next step and apply.”

All census takers will be trained on social distancing protocols, and will be issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and follow local guidelines for their use. The pay rate is $21 per hour.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be available to work flexible hours (including days, evenings, and weekends), and have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle. They must be a U.S. citizen, have a valid Social Security number, undergo fingerprinting, and pass a criminal background check and a review of criminal records.

Bilingual applicants are needed and are encouraged to apply, but all those applying must be able to speak, read, and write in English.

 

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For the first time ever, residents are able to reply to the census online (www.my2020census.gov), in addition to by phone and mail. Invitations to respond were first mailed nationwide in early March 2020, and followed up with reminder postcards. Paper census were mailed to non-responding households in mid-April. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the deadline to respond has been extended to October 31, 2020, but the public is encouraged to respond as soon as possible.

The census self-response online tracker is at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates. Below are response rates in Santa Barbara County as of July 1, 2020.

Santa Barbara County        66.1%

  • Buellton               68.4%*
  • Carpinteria          65.7%
  • Goleta                  71.3%
  • Guadalupe          60.3%
  • Lompoc                66.4%
  • Santa Barbara    67.5%
  • Santa Maria        61.3%
  • Solvang               70.3%*

* = exceeded US Census Response 2010 total

 

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The Santa Barbara County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee has launched a local outreach campaign entitled, “We all Count. Todos Contamos.” to provide the public access to local resources and information about the census in English and Spanish. It is comprised of tribal, city, county and state governments, community-based organizations, education, and more. Visit www.santabarbarbaracountycensus.org.

 

 

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Jobs as temporary, part-time positions as census takers are available in Santa Barbara County for in-person visits to households that have not yet responded to the U.S. Census. Door to door visits by census takers in Santa Barbara County is expect to begin in August. (credit: US Census Bureau)

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