Census Bureau Hiring in Kalispell

By Beacon Staff

A U.S. Census Bureau employee dropped off a flier at our office today advertising this job opportunity: The census is holding a four-day job fair in Kalispell this week to look for full- and part-time employees.

The temporary jobs will pay $11.50 per hour plus mileage reimbursement, and offer options for a flexible work schedule or at-home work, according to the flier. Open employment testing will be held at Flathead Job Service from Tuesday, Jan. 20 to Friday, Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applicants should bring two forms of identification and allow for two hours to complete the testing and application process. Walk-ins are welcome or interested individuals can call (406) 373-8340 or (866) 861-2010 to schedule a testing time.

According to a recent article from the Billings Gazette, the U.S. Census of 2010 is projected to employ up to 7,000 people in Montana and northern Wyoming. An excerpt from the story:

The Billings office opened three months ago and has about 145 employees. Crummett said as many as 400 will be needed this spring to conduct the first round of field work for the census. At the peak of work in the spring and summer of 2010, about 700 workers will be needed in Yellowstone County alone, Crummett said.

Hourly pay will range from $8.25 to $14.

Crummett said there will be a wide range of full- and part-time jobs with day, evening and weekend hours, and with weekly paychecks. Compensation does not include health insurance. Field workers who use their homes as offices and must drive to do their jobs will received federal mileage reimbursement, presently 58.5 cents a mile.

The biggest task involves collecting demographic information from households that do not return mailed surveys. Every household in the country will be asked to complete the one-page survey consisting of 10 to 12 questions, a survey that officials say will take about 10 minutes to complete. Mailings are planned in February 2010 and March 2010.

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