The U.S. Census Bureau is currently seeking thousands of people to fill temporary jobs associated with taking the 2020 census.

These provisional positions can provide extra income and help the community. The results of the census help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals and roads.

To be eligible for a census job, a person must be at least 18, have a valid Social Security number, be a U.S. citizen, have a valid email address and complete an application. Potential candidates may also have to answer assessment questions. Some assessment questions are available in Spanish but an English proficiency test may also be required.

All male candidates should be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption if born after Dec. 31, 1959.

All candidates must pass a census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting.

Most of the available census jobs require employees to have access to a vehicle and possess a valid driver’s license.

Candidates should also have access to a computer with the internet to complete training.

Veterans who received honorable discharges may be eligible for a veterans preference. Documentation supporting the preference claim must accompany the application. For more information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans Preference page.

To apply for a census job, go to: