160 census workers needed in the Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Over 160 census job openings need to be filled across three wiregrass counties to ease the burden of completing the 2020 Census.

You can make some extra money for yourself, your community and be a part of a historical effort by working for the 2020 census.

The ideal candidate is someone who has their own transportation and knows how to work an iPad.

Census workers cover in areas they know best, their own communities.

“We really want somebody that knows a lot of people because when you come to someone's door we want them to know you so they will free to answer those questions,” says local census coordinator Lori Wilcoxon.

Some census workers update address lists and maps, while others will serve as census takers.

Starting in May, someone will come to your house and they'll have an iPad and complete it for you.

About 160 census workers are needed in Houston, Henry and Geneva counties to get a complete and accurate count.

That's crucial because anything the community benefits from federally is based on the census count.

“Better roads, Medicare, Medicaid, Headstart, lunch programs. You name it,” says Wilcoxon.

The Tri-county goal is a 90% participation rate.

“We want to really try to come in at 95 because we don't want to leave any money on the table. I feel like the people in our community deserve the best programs they can get and that means we need all the federal dollars to serve the people in our community,” says Wilcoxon.

Census takers will help shape the future. They'll get paid weekly at a competitive rate and make their own schedule.

The pay is $14.50 an hour and then you get 58 cents per mile for reimbursement and that's pretty good pay for a part-time position where you get to choose your hours,” says Wilcoxon.

No matter the position, training is paid and starts in March.

You can start the application process by visiting 2020census.gov/jobs.

If you want to learn more about the jobs you can find that information on the website as well.

The application can be done completely online and only takes about thirty minutes.

Once submitted, applications stay in a pool for the entire 2020 Census cycle.

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