U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced that the U.S. Census Bureau is accepting applications for temporary employment.

The Bureau will soon be hiring as many as one million people across the country in order to complete the work of the 2010 Decennial Census. Recruiting for census workers has already begun and will continue throughout the fall and winter of 2009, with peak hiring to occur in the weeks before Census Day, 1 April 2010.

“The Decennial Census is a massive undertaking, requiring an impressive human effort to ensure that we obtain an accurate portrait of the people who make up our great nation. Hard-working men and women are needed to help perform this critical function of government,” Congressman Dent said.

The Census, required by the U.S. Constitution, is essential for determining the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives and votes in the Electoral College. These data are used to allocate funding for a wide range of government programs, including Medicaid, road and highway construction, federal housing assistance, assistance to farmers, veterans’ health services, and many others. It is essential that every effort is made to ensure that every person is counted.”

Available positions include: census takers, who personally interview respondents in their communities; crew leaders, who train and supervise census takers; census clerks, who perform administrative duties in local census offices; and recruiting assistants, who help advertise in their communities about employment opportunities.

Hours may vary, up to 40 per week, depending on the position. Working evenings and weekends may be required. Census workers are paid weekly for hours worked, including time spent in training. These employment opportunities with the Census Bureau typically last between five and ten weeks. All census takers must be able to speak English, but those with bilingual skills will be given preference in certain areas. Hiring preference will also be given to veterans.

For more information or to apply for a position, please call 1-866-861-2010 or visit http://2010censusjobs.gov.