Hundreds apply for census jobs

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Hundreds of job seekers filled up application forms today at the Center Court of the Agana Shopping Center, hoping to land a job for Census 2020.

Hundreds of job seekers filled up application forms and went through interviews hoping to land a job for Census 2020.

The Guam Census Office held a job fair on Wednesday, Oct 23 at the Center Court of the Agana Shopping Center. Available positions range from enumerators ($18.64 per hour) to field operations supervisor ($20.08 per hour).

According to Tyrone Taitano, the director of the Bureau of Statistics and Plans, the event is just the first of a series of job fairs that are planned by the census team.

“We are looking for hundreds of hundreds of people for field staff positions to be sent out on the field probably as early as February — though some of the jobs that were opened today will be recruited before then,” Taitano said.

In an interview with Andrea Pellacani on NewsTalk K57, Taitano said the Guam Census Office is also creating a reserve list of applicants to address the employee attrition that may occur once operations start.

Census 2020 will be in full swing next year.

“We are creating a pool of applicants, not just enough to fit the number of jobs available today,” Taitano said.

The census is conducted every 10 years and it provides a valuable resource in grant development, policy planning, and program improvements for the island.

Positions available

The Guam Census office is looking to fill a variety of full- and part-time temporary positions, including:

Field Operations Supervisor ($20.08 per hour)
Field Operations Supervisor ($20.08 per hour)
Office Clerk ($13.57 per hour)
Crew Leader ($19.36 per hour)
Crew Leader Assistant ($18.64 per hour)
Enumerator ($18.64 per hour)

According to a release from the office, selected applicants may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays, and have their own means of reliable transportation.

Required qualifications:

Be at least 18 years old
Be a U.S. citizen or be eligible to work on Guam
Possess a valid Social Security number
Possess a high school diploma or GED
Pass an FBI background check
Pass a personal interview and written assessment exam

Applicants must also be able to pass a drug test, police, and court clearances. Applications can also be picked up and dropped off at the Guam Census Office on the second level of the Century Plaza in Tamuning. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Louella Losinio
Louella Losinio is PNC's News Director for TV and Digital Media. She was a former reporter for the Marianas Variety (Guam Edition) and the Guam Daily Post, former editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Pacific Island Times, As a freelance writer, she has contributed content to various regional and local publications such as the Marianas Business Journal, Guam Business Magazine, The Guamanian, and Island Times. Aside from her decade-long experience in the media and print industry, Louella has experience in technical writing, education, and nonprofit management.