AAFE will be hosting an informational jobs fair Oct. 22 in Flushing, Queens as the U.S. Census Bureau launches its nationwide recruiting campaign. Members of the public are encouraged to visit AAFE’s Workforce Development Center at 35-34 Union St. between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn about temporary employment opportunities and begin the application process (call 718-961-2833 to RSVP). 

The U.S. government intends to hire 500,000 workers across the country for the 2020 Census, including more than 30,000 in New York City. While most jobs will not begin until next spring (some administrative/office positions have earlier start dates), this is peak hiring season for the Census Bureau. In New York, census jobs pay $25/hour.  

During the Oct. 22 event, AAFE will have laptop computers available for applicants to use. Staff from the Census Bureau will be on site to answer questions and help with the application process. 

AAFE is making a major commitment for a complete count, which will help ensure that New York receives its fair share of federal resources and equal representation at all levels of government. There is a need for bilingual census workers (English-Chinese, English-Korean, English-Spanish) in “hard to count” neighborhoods such as Flushing. It’s important that the census workforce reflects the diversity of our communities. (In 2010, the census tract that includes AAFE’s Union Street office was one of the hardest to count areas in Queens with a 59.2% response rate.)

The U.S. Census Bureau has scheduled a nationwide recruiting week beginning Oct. 21. Informational events are being held with community partners across the country. Local partners for the Jobs Fair include YMCA Flushing, Charles B Wang Community Health Center and Taiwanese American Association of New York.

RSVP required for AAFE’s Census Jobs Fair on Oct. 22 by calling 718-961-2833.