SPARTA, NJ- The United States Census wants you.  The township council had a presentation by resident and U.S. Census partner Marvin Joss at their last public meeting part of which was to share information about getting residents to participate in the census and available jobs. 

They are looking to hire local people for part-time and full time jobs that will pay $21 an hour.  Some jobs include census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff.  The jobs may require working flexible hours, possibly including days, evening and weekends.

In Sussex county census takers also receive reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses where applicable, according to the website.

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The nearest census office is in Parsippany according to Joss but most jobs would not require going to the office.

According to the presentation applicants must be 18 years old, have a valid social security number, be a U.S. citizen and have an email address. Most jobs will require having a car, a valid driver’s license and access to a computer.

Joss said this is a good job for college students and people looking to earn extra money outside of their regular job. 

Census Process

Joss shared the history and process of the census that will take place again next year along with an overview of the positions that need to be filled.  He reminded people that the constitution requires everyone to be counted every 10 years. 

  • The process began over the summer with census takers walking neighborhoods, confirming street names and checking on new housing, to make sure the census address lists are up to date.
  • By April 1 invitations will be mailed to every home to participate in the census in one of three ways; online, by phone or by mail.   If a form is not returned then census workers will try to get the forms completed.
  • By May, if people have not responded to the invitation to participate, census workers will begin visiting homes to make sure everyone is counted.

Joss was adamant that information collected in the census may not be used by any other government agency or court under penalty of law under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.

“Your information is kept confidential,” Joss said.

He said people need to complete their census forms to ensure Sparta, Sussex County and New Jersey gets their fair share of the more than $675 billion in federal funding spent each year.

“Be selfish,” Joss said. “Make sure that money comes here.”

Census data is used to determine federal funding for programs such as Medicare Part B, special education, water and waste disposal systems for rural communities, substance abuse and prevention programs and supplemental nutrition assistance programs.

It also is used to determine representation in the House of Representatives.

How to apply for a census job:

The application is done online and according to the website, takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Applicants will have to undergo a background check.  Joss also said that while these jobs are mostly temporary, having worked for the census gives people a leg up on applying for other government jobs.  Once you are in the system and have gone through the background checks, that information remains available to other government agencies looking to hire.

Veterans may be eligible for veterans’ preference.