U.S. Census Bureau's Bridgeport Local 2010 Census Office is recruiting applicants for temporary, good-paying jobs with flexible hours to help ensure the 2010 Census is a success. The Bridgeport office services New Canaan and Darien as well as other towns in coastal Fairfield County.

Census takers are needed to conduct in-person interviews with community residents who do not return census questionnaires. These positions must be filled by individuals with flexible schedules as work may occur in evenings and on weekends. Some positions may involve shift work. All temporary census employees must attend paid training sessions. Most training sessions are held during the day on weekdays; occasionally, a session may be held in the evening or on weekends.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be able to pass a background check and complete a 30-minute, multiple-choice employment test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs. In most cases, workers will be required to possess a valid driver's license and have use of a vehicle. U.S. citizenship is required to work for the 2010 Census except in rare occasions when no qualified U.S. citizens are available. Bilingual applicants are also needed.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to call 866-861-2010 for more information. TTY Callers should use 1-800-877-8339. For more information, including a practice test, visit www.2010censusjobs.gov.

The U.S. Census Bureau's goal is to count everyone, once and in the right place.