The United States Census Bureau is looking to hire Grayson County residents to assist with the upcoming 2020 census.

Carl Working, of the US Census Bureau, said the census has immediate openings for anyone ages 18 and up, but employees will be needed throughout the census process. Positions include clerks and enumerators, as well as individuals who visit locations to ensure information on residences are up to date.

Individuals who are bilingual are also in high demand for the census, Working said.

Following a study conducted by the Census Bureau, Grayson County was determined to be a location that will have a lower number of census employees than officials anticipate needing, which could result in inaccurate population numbers when the census is conducted.

An accurate number is important because, Working said, for every person not counted during the census, Grayson County will lose $1,000 to $2,000 per year in funding. Population numbers obtained during the census are also taken into consideration when counties apply for grants.

Hours are flexible, including evenings and weekends, and wages range from $14 to $17 per hour plus mileage reimbursement. Paid training will be offered, and background checks and fingerprinting will be conducted on applicants. For more information or help applying, visit 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

The census is held once every 10 years, and census forms are expected to be mailed out prior to April 15 of 2020.