Census Bureau to hire hundreds in Hawaii for 2020 population count

Census Bureau to hire hundreds in Hawaii for 2020 population count
The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up for next year's population count. In Hawaii the Bureau needs to hire about 1,500 temporary workers. (Image: Census) (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This summer, U.S. Census Bureau workers will canvass neighborhoods across the state, updating the bureau’s address master list.

That's just the first wave of work for the 2020 Census.

“We’re looking to hire over 350 field positions in every neighborhood, every community, across all major islands. These people know their communities best,” said Malissa Kaawa, the Census Bureau’s regional technician in Hawaii.

The Census Bureau is aiming for an initial applicant pool of 1,500 people so it can be ready for the next round of hiring next year. That’s when the important population count will be done.

Workers will be needed in the field and as office staff.

"We'll hire not just 300 people in the field, but we'll probably hire close to 1,500 people," Kaawa said.

The pay ranges from $16 to $20 an hour and work hours are flexible.

Applicants must clear a background check and meet certain qualifications.

"Eighteen years old, a U.S. citizen, Social Security number. We are offering veterans preference," Kaawa said.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a population count in all 50 states once every ten years, that includes homeless individuals.

"Every person really does count," said Nikos Leverenz of Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center.

"The Census actually provides the federal government with necessary data so that we can get adequate funding for needed social services," he said.

The money goes to medical assistance programs, highway funds, education grants and many other areas that receive federal dollars.

Kaawa said Hawaii's low unemployment may make it tough to fill all the positions the Bureau will need so recruiting is starting now.

To apply go to 2020census.gov/jobs.

“There are multiple apply now buttons on the page. There’s information on how to apply, what happens next, our timelines and FAQ’s,” she said.

If you are hired, plan to work for a minimum of six to eight weeks.

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