Census Worker Jobs Available in Santa Barbara County; Local “Non-Response Follow Up” to Begin in Late Summer

Jul 15, 2020

Census Worker Jobs Available in Santa Barbara County;
Local “Non-Response Follow Up” to Begin in Late Summer

In-Person Visits Delayed by COVID-19 Restrictions; Census Takers to be Trained on Social Distancing Protocols 

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, pending status of state and local health orders. 

Originally slated for March 2020, these Non-Response Follow Up (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 may begin in August. 

All census takers will be trained on physical distancing protocols and issued with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with local guidelines for PPE use. The pay rate is $21 per hour. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, 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 encouraged to apply, but all those applying must be able to speak, read and write in English. For more information and to apply, visit www.2020census.gov/jobs

For the first time ever, residents are able to reply to the census online, in addition to by phone and mail. Invitations to respond were first mailed nationwide in early March 2020. Paper census forms 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, but the public is encouraged to respond as soon as possible. 


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