Monday, February 15, 2010



Dear U.S. Census Partners,

Many of you have asked for information about working for the U.S. Census. We’ve compiled the following information from the 2010 Census web sites. Based on passed experience, we strongly encourage anyone who is interested in working for the U.S. Census to call right away to sign up for the test. The application pools filled up very quickly and there are a limited amount of testing sites which also filled up quickly.

Please consider printing this correspondence to provide it to those interested. Enclosed is a MS Word file of this same information.

2010 Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers for the 2010 Census. These short-term jobs offer good pay, flexible hours, paid training, and reimbursement for authorized work-related expenses, such as mileage incurred while conducting census work. Best of all, census takers work right in their own communities.

Census taker jobs are excellent for people who want to work part-time, those who are between jobs, or just about anyone who wants to earn extra money while performing an important service for their community.

Watch on line videos that discuss the benefits of being a census worker.

Q: What are the qualifications for a census job?

You may qualify for a job if:
• You are able to read, write, and speak English.
• You are a U.S. citizen.
• You are a legal permanent resident, or non-citizen with an appropriate work visa, and you possess a bilingual skill for which there are no available qualified U.S. citizens.
• You are at least 18 years old.
• You have a valid social security number.
• You take a written test of basic skills.
• You have a valid driver's license.
• You pass a background check.
• You commit to four days of training. You will be paid for training days.

Training can be held either during daytime hours or during evening and weekend hours.
If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/59, you must confirm that you are registered with the Selective Service System. For more information, please visit Selective Service System's Web site at:

Q: Can non-citizens be hired to work on the census?

U.S. citizens are given hiring preference. However, if we need to hire someone with a particular language skill and no U.S. citizens are available, lawful permanent residents or conditional permanent residents and non-citizens with an appropriate work visa may be hired.

Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply

All census takers must be able to speak English, but people who have bilingual skills are needed in communities where a large number of residents primarily speak other languages. If you have the appropriate language skills and cultural knowledge to communicate well in your community, we encourage you to apply.

How to Apply

It's easy to apply! Call your Local Census Office (see list at end of this document) and schedule an appointment to take the employment test.

You may also call our toll-free Jobs Line at 1-866-861-2010. TTY users should call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Can I download the application forms online?

Yes. Please bring your completed application, I-9 Form, and proper identification to your scheduled testing session. Do not mail your application or I-9 Form. Applications must be submitted in person, on the day of your employment test.

All application materials and practice tests can be downloaded from:

Will I be hired?
Most hiring will take place during the spring of 2010. Job offers depend on several factors, such as the availability of work in your community, test score, language skills, veterans' preference, and the number of hours you are available to work each week. Please understand that not every qualified applicant who takes the employment test and applies will be offered a census job. Job offers are made by the Local Census Office.

May I contact the census office via email?
No, we do not accept emails. Please see the end of this document to find the phone number for your Local Census Office, or call the toll-free Jobs Line 1-866-861-2010. TTY users should call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

In addition to applying to be a census taker, are there other jobs I can apply for?
Possibly. To learn about other census jobs in your area, please visit the 2010 Census Regional Offices Web site, select your state on the map provided, and then select the "Regional Employment" option.

List of Local Census Offices in Virginia

Oak Tree Boulevard
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Phone: 540-585-9050
Census takers start at: $12.00/hour


Hydralic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: 434-817-3976
Census takers start at: $13.00/hour

Carlisle Avenue
Richmond, VA 23231
Phone: 804-916-5460
Census takers start at: $18.00/hour

Newport News
Thimble Shoals Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: 757-273-1740
Census takers start at: $13.00/hour

Peter's Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24017
Phone: 540-767-9500
Census takers start at: $12.00/hour

Liberia Avenue
Manassas, VA 20111
Phone: 703-881-4650
Census takers start at: $18.00/hour

Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 703-865-3060
Census takers start at: $20.00/hour

Virginia Beach
Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Phone: 757-263-3030
Census takers start at: $13.00/hour


Carr Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Phone: 540-322-5580
Census takers start at: $16.00/hour

Henrico County
Park Central Drive
Richmond, VA 23227
Phone: 804-916-6390
Census takers start at: $16.25/hour

Edsall Road
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: 571-730-6390
Census takers start at: $20.00/hour

South Military Highway
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Phone: 757-292-2260
Census takers start at: $13.00/hour


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