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Field Representative (FR)

  • This is a part-time position conducting survey interviews in community settings
  • Respondents have been randomly selected and are pre-notified
  • Starting hourly pay ranges from $11.95 to $18.97 depending on location and level
  • The vehicle allowance is 56.5 cents a mile (effective January 1, 2013)
  • Paid training includes 3 to 5 days, depending on the survey
  • FRs are eligible for benefits when quarterly hours are met

Requirements include

  • U.S. citizenship
  • English proficiency
  • Availability for daytime, evening, and weekend work
  • A reliable vehicle, valid drivers license, and private landline home phone
  • Pass 30 minute written test of basic skills, mock and structured interview
  • Passing a background check

Monthly survey assignments vary from 20 hours to 60 hours or more a month and typically involve personal interviews along with some phone interviews. To meet deadlines, our Field Reps must be available to work when respondents are at home -- usually during evening hours and on weekends - but sometimes daytime hours as well. The irregular hours and need for flexibility mean this position does not match well with a full-time job or heavy student workload. A large part of the job involves meeting and dealing with the public. While most people are quite cooperative, a certain percentage will require salesmanship and customer service skills before they participate. We have found that a person who enjoys meeting and talking to new people and has good time-management skills will most likely succeed as a Field Representative. In addition, the surveys we conduct provide the basis for good decision-making for communities, businesses, non-profits, and all levels of government, thus providing an important service as well. In summary, this is a challenging but rewarding position.

If you are interested in a field representative job in our region (PA, MD, DC, DE, WV, VA, KY and TN), please call our toll-free Recruiting Line at 1-866-564-5420.

U.S. Census Bureau
Philadelphia Regional Office/Recruiting
833 Chestnut St., Suite 504
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4405
Fax: 215-717-2588
Email: Philadelphia.Regional.Office@census. gov
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Field Training and Career Development Office | | Last Revised: May 15, 2014