US Census Bureau hiring for part-time summer work

Hawaii temporary positions include paid training, flexible hours, up to $22/hour pay

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for the 2020 Census, with part-time jobs available for folks to work after school late afternoons, evenings and weekends.

The count happens every 10 years with the decennial census, which influences how more than $675 billion from more than 100 federal programs are distributed to states and localities each year. Each person who's not properly counted in Hawaii could cost our state $1,500 in federal aid.

The bureau is looking to hire approximately 1,000 people in Hawaii, most of whom would serve as census takers. These positions are temporary, but essential to making the 2020 Census a complete and accurate count.

To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. If offered a job, you must pass a criminal background check and review of criminal records including fingerprinting. Most jobs require employees to have access to a vehicle and a valid driver's license, unless public transportation is readily available, and have access to a computer with Internet to complete training. Census takers also receive reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses, where applicable.

Hourly pay rates break down as follows for census takers by county:

  • Honolulu: $16 - $22
  • Hawaii: $20
  • Kalawao: $20 (Kalaupapa and northern coast of Molokai)
  • Kauai: $20
  • Maui: $20

Training will be scheduled sometime between May 2-14. Census takers will need to be able to work independently nights and weekends in the field from May 13 through July 24, perfect timing for 10-month teachers who'd like to earn extra income and help their communities during summer break. 

Here’s some of what census numbers affect:

  • Medicaid
  • School lunch programs
  • Community development grants
  • Road and school construction
  • Medical services
  • Business locations

The first phase of the project began in June with the opening of Hawaii's Census Bureau office. The hiring process takes about 60 days.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Frequently Asked Questions


What can I expect my work schedule to be like?

If hired, your work schedule will depend on your position. Generally, hours for field positions are flexible. Some field positions require you to work during the day. Other positions require evening and weekend work interviewing the public. Supervisory positions require employees to be available for certain day, evening, and/or weekend shifts.

How often will I be paid?

Employees are paid weekly and can expect to receive their first paycheck approximately 10 to 14 days after their first day of work.

Will I be reimbursed for work-related expenses?

Field employees will be reimbursed for authorized work expenses, like mileage, incurred while conducting census work.

Will I be paid during training?

You will be paid during training at a slightly lower rate than your regular hourly rate.

The 2020 Census at a Glance

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]