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Local census office accepting applications

Temporary employment available to support US Census Bureau's goal of a complete count

The US Census Bureau's Syracuse Local 2010 Census office is recruiting applicants for temporary, good-paying jobs with flexible hours to help ensure the 2010 Census is a success. The Syracuse office serves Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego, Cortland and Wayne counties.

Census takers, also known as enumerators, are needed to conduct in-person interviews with community residents who do not return census questionnaires. These positions need to be filled by individuals with flexible schedules as work may occur in evenings and on weekends. Some positions involve shift work. All temporary census employees must be able to attend training and will be compensated. Most training sessions will be held during the day on weekends, some sessions may be held in the evening or on weekends.

Job applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be able to pass a background check and complete a 30-minute, multiple choice, employment test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs.

In most cases, workers will also be required to possess a valid driver's license and have use of a car. US citizenship is required to work for the 2010 Census except in rare occasions when no qualified US citizens are available. The Census Bureau is also seeking bilingual applicants throughout the district.

Qualified applicants can call 1-800-861-2010 to schedule an appointment to take the employment test and submit an application. TTY callers, call 1-800-877-8339.

Other positions the Census Bureau is seeking to fill are crew leaders, crew leader assistants, recruiting assistants and census clerks.

More information, including a practice test, is available at 2010censusjobs.gov.

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