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Join the 2020 Census Team in Maryland

Posted on 07/29/19

It’s time for that once-every-10-years job opportunity! If you are looking to earn extra income for your household, you may want to consider becoming a U.S Census worker. To prepare for the 2020 census, the U.S Census Bureau is hiring thousands of recruits to work temporary jobs across the nation.

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Working for the census will allow you to help out your community and earn money at the same time. The U.S Census helps determines each state’s representation in Congress, how funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and provides information to guide many decisions made by government agencies, private businesses and institutions.

Jobs within the census vary from working in the field canvassing, updating maps, doing follow up interviews with citizens in your community, or working in the office as a clerk doing administrative tasks or office operation supervisor, who oversees the field staff.

The job begins on April 1, 2020 and ends in December of 2020. The Census is recruiting now due to the process of getting future employees through training and other screening processes. “Working for the census is definitely enjoyable, it’s not hard to do and it’s worth it for the pay,” Randy Kramer, U.S Census clerk for the Gainesville office, said.

To be able to work for the census you must be:

  • 18 years old.
  • Valid Social Security
  • Be a U.S Citizen
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System
  • Pass a Census-performed criminal background check
  • Commit to completing training
  • Be available to work flexible hours

Want to learn how easy it is to be a part of the 2020 Census team? Your age is no barrier to filling these jobs. The pay is $21 an hour. Just attend one of following sessions to learn what is involved.
Positions available include:
• Address Canvassers
• Census Takers
• Census Field Supervisors

Harford County
*These are NOT AARP sponsored events*
If you live in the Baltimore area attend the following information session:

Friday, August 2, 16, & 23, 2019, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Maryland Department of Labor-Susquehanna
Workforce Center, 2 S. Bond Street, Suite 204, Bel Air, MD 21014

Montgomery County
*These are NOT AARP sponsored events*
If you live in Montgomery County attend one of the following information sessions at area Montgomery County Public Libraries:

Saturday, July 27, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Maggie Nightingale Library, 19633 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, MD

Tuesday, August 13, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD

Tuesday, August 27, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

Sessions offered by WorkSource Montgomery Include:

Friday, July 26, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wheaton American Job Center, 11002 Veirs Mill Road, First Floor, Wheaton, MD
(Register for this session here)


Many older Americans take on Census jobs after formal retirement from a full-time career.

But if you already have a job, you can still work for the Census. Your current job cannot clash with the hours you work for the Census nor create any conflicts of interest. If you’re a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S military, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference.

Get more information about becoming a census worker, or apply here

This story is provided by AARP Maryland. Visit the AARP Maryland page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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