Enumerator Recruitment

Census Enumerators conduct the “non-response follow-up” portion of the Census. They knock on the doors of every household that has not responded via the online or paper forms, interview the residents, and verify the Census information.


  • Use automated devices (e.g. smartphones or laptop computers) to conduct job activities.
  • Review assigned work to determine organization of neighborhoods and locate households for verifying addresses and/or conducting interviews.
  • Conduct interviews with residents in assigned areas by following stringent guidelines and confidentiality laws. Explain the purpose of the census interview, answer residents' questions, and elicit information following a script, and record census data on devices and/or paper forms.
  • Update address lists and maps.
  • Validate address and map updates for quality purposes.
  • Comply with accuracy standards while maintaining high acceptable production rates.
  • Maintain and submit records of hours worked, miles driven, and expenses incurred in the performance of duties.
  • Meet/talk with supervisor, as necessary, to review procedures, report issues or concerns, and receive additional instructions.

The Census Bureau is aiming to hire over 380,000 enumerators who will be responsible for 40% of the 2020 Census count. Ensuring that the enumerators have the requisite interpersonal skills and language capabilities to reach low-income communities and communities of color will be critical to ensuring a fair and accurate count.

Online applications for enumerator jobs will be open from September 2019 to February 2020. Applicants must be US citizens 18 years of age or older. Qualified candidates who go on to pass the online math/reading assessment and background checks will be invited to complete 6.5 hours of online training as well as attend a day-long in-person orientation.

Enumerators will be deployed for non-response follow-up from May to July 2010, with the majority of the work occuring in May.

Recruitment Timeline

Provided by www.census.gov
Fall 2017
  • Management, supervisory, and support positions
Summer 2018
Fall 2018
  • ACO office staff, Recruiting Assistants
January 2019
  • Open Regional Census Centers
March 2019
  • Begin Address Canvassing Field Staff Recruitment
April - July 2019
  • Open Area Census Offices
Summer 2019
  • Wave 2 ACO Management (approx. 10 per ACO)
September 2019 - Feb 2020
  • Hiring for Enumerators: Enumerators conduct door-to-door follow-up with people who don't self-respond.  All enumerator applicants must complete online application and go through a waiting period
March 2020 - April 2020
  • Enumerator training
May 2020 - July 2020
  • Non-response follow-up
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