SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The US Census is looking to hire thousands of people in San Diego, and hoping that $20/hour and flexible schedules are enough to entice people to apply.
"It takes a community to count a community," says Census Outreach Specialist David Bennett. "We're trying to count everybody once, only once, in the right place. We need help."
Right now, the Census is putting on a hiring blitz around the country, with half-a-million jobs to fill. They're canvassing college campuses and other public places where people may be looking for a part-time job.
"It's for people, especially in this gig-economy, who are looking to get some extra money and be a part of history," says Bennett.
Jobs range from counters who will go door to door to management. They can last anywhere from 6 weeks to two years. Pay starts at $20.50/hour.
"It's so important," says Bennett. "Our founders wanted to make sure our government looked like our citizens. That's why we do the Census."
To be eligible, you must be a US Citizen, 18 years or older, and available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Bennett says there are some exceptions if you're not a citizen but speak a foreign language that can help with the count.
Applications take about 10 minutes to complete and can be done online or over the phone.