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Employment opportunity for veterans

The Pueblo Local Census Office (also responsible for this area) is accepting applicants across Colorado to work for the 2010 Census.

Census jobs are ideal for retirees, college students, recent graduates, stay-at-home parents, those seeking a second job to earn extra cash and others seeking temporary, part-time work.

Valerie Quick is the local coordinator and can be contacted at 731-9814. You can also call (800) 861-2010 to schedule an appointment to take an employment test and submit an application.

Veterans qualify for a five-point preference added to their scores and should have a copy of their DD-214 military service record handy when they apply, for proof of military service.

Additional information, including a practice test, is available at www.2010censusjobs.gov.

Both census takers (enumerator) and census crew leaders will be needed for the Census for this area. Pay is expected to be $11 an hour for census taker and $12.50 for crew leader.

A census taker will: locate households, conduct interviews with respondents, explain the purpose of the census, record responses on paper, and meet with the crew leader every day to turn in complete work and payroll forms, and to discuss their progress.

Census takers usually work in their own neighborhoods or communities and must work varied hours, not exceeding 40 hours per week. Since most census taker positions require personally interviewing respondents, you must be able to work when people are typically at home, which includes evening and weekend hours. In most cases, a valid driver’s license and use of a vehicle are required to work as a census taker. Census taker assignments generally last several weeks.

Census crew leaders train, supervise and review the work of census takers on their team, or crew. As a crew leader, you will train and supervise census takers and crew leader assistants, meet daily with census takers to review their assignments and approve their daily payroll records, and ensure that census procedures are followed.

Crew leaders work in the field. They must work varied hours in order to meet with crews regularly. This means being available days, evenings and weekends, but no exceeding 40 hours per week. Crew leader assignments generally last several weeks.

Census crew leader assistants will assist crew leaders by performing delegated tasks (e.g., meeting with census takers to review their work and answer questions), and perform some of the same field work as census takers.

Like census takers, crew leader assistants usually work in their own neighborhoods or communities. They must work varied hours in order to assist the crew leader. This means being available days, evenings, and weekends, but not exceeding 40 hours per week. Crew leader assistant assignments generally last several weeks.

There is reimbursement for authorized mileage and other work-related expenses.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

DAV vans

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is running a VAHC van from Durango on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Mike Dunaway, 247-2198, and from the Farmington area on Mondays and Wednesdays, call Harriet Mulnix, (505) 793-1782.

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 1970 E. 3rd Ave. Durango, CO 81301 (the old Mercy Medical Center). Phone number is 247-2214.

Further information

For information on these and other veterans’ benefits, please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located at the Senior Center in the Pagosa Springs Community Center on Hot Springs Blvd. The office number is 264-4013, the fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-6648, and e-mail is afautheree@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.