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"Enumerators" earn $25 per hour and help ensure Berkeley gets fair funding and representation over the next 10 years

Berkeley, California (Monday, November 18, 2019) - Earn $25 per hour and help make sure Berkeley gets our fair share of state and federal funding over the next 10 years by applying for a job as a Census taker.

People in these flexible, part-time jobs referred to as “enumerators” will go door to door to help those who have not completed the Census form. You’ll get paid for training and have short commutes because you’ll be assigned to work in your own community.

Strong candidates will enjoy working with people, be comfortable interacting with new people in new locations, and be able to work evenings or weekends. Candidates who speak more than one language are especially desired.

Complete the U.S. Census Bureau application online at Applications are being accepted through the end of January. The jobs will primarily work in May and June.

Why the Census matters

The US Census determines how Federal funds are distributed for critical infrastructure and services including affordable housing, schools, roads, public transit, senior services, health care, and food stamps. For each person not counted, local communities lose nearly $10,000 in funding over the next ten years.

Census results also determine State and Federal representation. Failing to count everyone could cost California a seat in Congress, or votes in the Electoral College.

Locally, Census data is used to plan bus routes, draw our Council District boundaries, and locate community services. Businesses use Census numbers to decide where to open a store or locate offices.

Challenges for Berkeley

Local enumerators are critical in Berkeley because significant portions of our community fall into categories that are considered “hard-to-count,” including students, seniors, immigrants, unhoused individuals, people with disabilities, renters, and low-income households. These populations have all been traditionally underrepresented in Census counts.

The 2020 Census also brings new challenges because it is the first time the Census is being conducted digitally. This creates new barriers for those without reliable internet access or who are uncomfortable using computers.

One of our strongest tools to combat an undercount is to have our own community members serving as the face of the Census. That’s why we strongly encourage Berkeley residents to apply for these jobs.

How to apply

The Census enumerator application is simple and can be completed online in 30 minutes at To apply, you need only:

  • active email address
  • social Security Number
  • date and place of birth
  • home address

You do not need to submit a resume or cover letter.

Candidates will have to pass a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, but formerly incarcerated individuals will be considered. The Census Bureau will evaluate each case individually.

Tips for completing your application

When filling out your online application:

  • Use a computer, not a smartphone if possible.
  • Check all the options under availability - your schedule may change by the time these jobs start, so this lets the Census Bureau know you are flexible.
  • Check yes when asked if you have access to a vehicle, even if you rely on public transit or rideshare services. These count as transportation.

Application assistance workshop

Get help completing your application at an upcoming workshop in Oakland, hosted by the Alameda County Census 2020 team.

Friday, November 22, 11:30am-1:30pm
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (on top of 12th Street BART)
Lab A - 2nd floor

Note: This page was edited on January 3, 2020 to reflect the extended deadline for job applications.


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