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Erie County: 2020 census taker recruitment events scheduled this weekend


Mon, Jan 20th 2020 12:10 pm

Temporary positions, allow workers to work close to home, earn $20/hour

The Erie County Complete Count Committee is inviting county residents to apply for a position with the U.S. Census Bureau to become one of the thousands of census takers who are needed to complete a full and accurate 2020 census. These temporary positions pay $20 an hour, include paid training, and give people the opportunity to work in their community.

Eight recruitment events will take place at public libraries around Erie County on Jan. 25-26 for interested applicants.

“It is important that the upcoming census is as complete as possible and that all county residents are counted. These recruitment events will help put in place the ‘boots on the ground’ that will be out in our communities doing the work,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Since the census is used to determine the amount our community receives for all sorts of programs, our community loses $2,600 a year in federal funding for every resident not counted. If we miss even 100 residents, we lose $2.6 million over the next 10 years. That is money that could have gone towards schools, workforce development, infrastructure and services to those in need.”

Eligible applicants will receive paid training, flexible hours, an opportunity to work in their own ZIP code, and will be paid a minimum of $20 an hour for performing this work. They may also be eligible for mileage reimbursement.

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Director Mary Jean Jakubowski said, “The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is proud to partner with Erie County and the Census Bureau to get everyone counted and we most happy to open our doors to Census Recruitment Weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone at the library.”

“Our goal is to recruit census workers who live and work in every community throughout Erie County. It is important that the person knocking on your door and asking you to complete the census is a neighbor you recognize and trust. Therefore, we need to hire people who represent every facet of our diverse community,” added Amy Brombos of the U.S. Census Bureau’s NY Regional Census Center.

2020 census taker open application sessions:

•Downtown Central Library: 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

•Isaias Gonzalez-Soto Branch Library (formerly Niagara Branch): 280 Porter Ave., Buffalo; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

•Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Branch Library: 1324 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

•Amherst Public Library, Audubon Branch: 350 John J. Audubon Parkway; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

•Lackawanna Public Library: 560 Ridge Road; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

•Clarence Public Library: 3 Town Place; 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday.

•Cheektowaga Public Library, Julia Boyer Reinstein Branch: 1030 Losson Road; noon to 4:45 p.m. both days.

•Town of Tonawanda Public Library, Kenmore Branch: 160 Delaware Road, Kenmore; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old and be able to work legally in the U.S. They must also be able to pass a criminal background check. All applications must be submitted electronically at www.2020census.gov.

For more information, visit www.2020census.gov/jobs.

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