The U.S. Census Bureau plans to hire 8,000 people in Maricopa County to help ensure a complete and accurate count of county residents.
Hiring already has started on the positions, which include crew leaders, census takers, clerical and other jobs. The pay range is $11.25 to $16.50 per hour. The jobs will last through June and possibly into July depending on how long the count takes, said Janey Pearl, co-chair of the Complete Count Committee.
To apply, call 1-866-861-2010. Also, visit www.2010censusjobs.gov for more information.
"The hiring is happening in the next couple of weeks," Pearl said. "The census forms are going to be arriving in people's mailboxes in less than a month and so the hiring is going to happen pretty soon. It's really a wide range of jobs, and if they have different interests and different abilities, there's really something for everyone."
The central Phoenix office will hire more than 2,000 census employees, while the rest of the jobs will be spread among the other census offices throughout the Valley. The jobs offer paid training and flexible hours.
Applicants will be directed to the office closest to their home, Pearl said.
"Anyone who's interested will get signed up to take a test, and everybody who is brought in takes the same test," she said. "The results will determine employment eligibility. Other qualifications include you must be 18, you must be a U.S. citizen or a legal, permanent resident, you have to have a valid Social Security number and you have to have a valid driver's license."
Because of high unemployment, several thousand applicants are expected, Pearl said. A practice test is available at the census Web site, and it's a good idea for applicants to familiarize themselves with the test prior to actually taking it, she said.
"These positions, although they're temporary, provide extra income and a new type of employment experience," she said. "They also provide an opportunity to network and to grow one's professional network, and maybe that may lead to another job."