PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Census may still be another year away, but there are jobs available now.
U.S. Census Bureau media specialist Keith Goralski said the bureau is already hiring people for address canvassing this year. The job asks people to confirm addresses of homes, looking for newly built homes and identify homes that may no longer exist. The goal is to get an accurate list of the addresses when the Census process rolls out in 2020.
"We are basically telling everyone that there are opportunities now because there are," Goralski said.
The bureau will be hiring throughout the country for part-time and full-time positions from now through 2020. The bulk of the work will be done in mid- to late 2020 by enumerators who will be tasked with conducting the Census door to door of those who hadn't filed online.
"There are part-time positions that can be done on any day and any time and these positions pay very well," Goralski said.
According to the Census website, these positions will be paying $18 an hour in Berkshire County. The exact number of employees needed is an ongoing process depending on the need and Goralski said new jobs are added on a daily basis. He said in 2010, 500,000 people were hired as enumerators across the country and he expects a similar amount now.
While there are canvassing opportunities now, it will only be a percentage of how many will be available in 2020. However, Goralski said any application filed even now stays on file and potential workers will be contacted when jobs open.
"Once you fill that out, it stays on file," Goralski said. "When I say on file, it will constantly be looked at."
For the canvassing and enumerating, the Census is particularly looking for people who live in the neighborhood to do the work.
"People are hired close to home because those are the neighborhoods they know," Goralski said.
The only minimum qualification is that the candidate is 18 years old or older. Those who want to apply can do so at the Census's website here.
The Census will also be looking for another sector of employment: clerical and managerial work. Those will be both full- and part-time posts across Massachusetts. Those are slightly different, Goralski said, and are found through USAJobs.gov. Those jobs are more specific in nature and the person becomes an employee of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Goralski said there are constantly new jobs being added as the bureau ramps up for the Census.
"We are trying to get the biggest and most diverse pool of candidates," he said.
The Census is a count done every 10 years to determine the exact number of people living in the United States. The count becomes the basis for not only government representation but also as the basis for a number of grant, federal, and state programs. It also provides thousands of people with a way to make some extra cash on the side.
Disclosure: Pittsfield Bureau Chief Andy McKeever is serving as a media representative on the volunteer Berkshire County Complete Count Committee.
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PCTV Documentary Finds Pittsfield Parade Dates Back to 1801
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television's recently released documentary "Fighting For Independence: The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" has traced the first Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade back to at least 1801.
An article in the Pittsfield Sun from July 7, 1801, says that "at 12:00 o’ clock at noon a Procession was formed consisting of the Militia of the town."
Previously the Pittsfield Parade Committee acknowledged that the parade dated back to 1824.
"This was a fascinating discovery, as we researched to put this documentary together," said Bob Heck, PCTV’s coordinator of advancement and community production and executive producer of the program. "Not only were we able to trace the parade back further than ever before, but to see how the parade has impacted Pittsfield, and how the community always seems to come together to make sure the parade happens is remarkable."
The Pittsfield Fourth of July parade experienced bumps in the road even back in the early 1800s - most notably, when Captain Joseph Merrick, a Federalist, excluded Democrats from the yearly post-parade gathering at his tavern in 1808.
The parade ran concurrently from at least 1801 until 1820. In 1821, Pittsfield’s spiritual leader Dr. Rev. Heman Humphrey, canceled the festivities so the day could be dedicated to God before resuming in 1822 after residents decided they wanted their parade.
"Fighting for Independence: The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" premiered July 4 at 9:30 am on PCTV Access Pittsfield Channel 1301 and PCTV Select. The program is available on-demand on PCTV Select, available on Roku and Apple TV, or online.
The board voted 3-2 on Monday to allow the bar on Lake Pontoosuc to open up seating and serve beer and wine on its patio under the governor's orders for Phase 2 that allows for outside dining.
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