EUGENE, Ore. -- The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring thousands of temporary workers around Eugene as the organization gears up for 2020.
Steven Merge, local recruiting manager for the census, said about 4,000 people are needed to facilitate the census in Lane County, which is conducted once each decade. Many of the workers will go door-to-door to make sure everyone in Lane County gets counted.
The jobs start at $17.50 an hour with part-time and full-time positions available. Merge said the jobs could be great for anyone, including students, veterans or seniors.
Karen Martin was recently hired as an office supervisor. Martin said the important nature of the job appealed to her.
“You're going to make a lot of money in a short period of time. You get to share something that's really important in a historical way,” Martin said.
For recent University of Oregon graduate John Giacoppe, the census provided him a job after college.
“It's definitely been a significant move up in terms of my personal responsibility. So I feel like it's been a real way to build up on what I learned in university and what I've been learning professionally as part of my previous career history,” Giacoppe said.
The City of Eugene could miss out on a lot of federal money if more people don't respond to the 2020 census.
Merge said in the last census in 2010, parts of downtown Eugene and the University of Oregon had a "low response rate." A low response means less federal money for things like schools and hospitals. Merge said each person who fills out the census equates to $3,000 for the local community.
“Every person who is counted really makes a difference, just to make sure Oregon is represented in Congress, but also make sure we get our share of necessary funding,” Eugene Area Census Office Manager Greg Bal said.
For more information on applying for a census job, click here or call 1-855-JOB-2020.