Temporary jobs paying between $18 and $20 an hour will be available to Southampton residents through the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2010 population count, according to a press release from Town Supervisor Linda Kabot’s office.
“The Census Bureau contacted the town in order to assist them in providing outreach and space for testing centers,” Ms. Kabot said in the release. “Local residents know the most about our community. They know the roads, they know their neighbors and they can find the houses.”
The temporary positions will include field and office tasks for from five to 10 weeks. According to the supervisor’s office, jobs in the field will involve dealing directly with the public, locating addresses and interviewing households, while office positions will provide administrative and support work.
The Census Bureau expects to create hundreds of thousands of temporary jobs across the United States in collecting data for the census, which is the largest peacetime operation conducted by the federal government. Conducted every 10 years, the constitutionally mandated census determines how many representatives may serve in the Congress, which can influence the Electoral College.
Census Data also serves as a basis for distributing federal aid. According to the bureau’s figures, the 2007 population estimate for Southampton Town was 58,144.
Information on the census jobs is available by calling 1-866-861-2010.