RIVERSIDE — The U.S. Census is hiring hundreds of workers in Southern California and community members are invited to learn more at a kickoff event this Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Workforce Development Center in Riverside.

Officials from the Census Bureau’s Los Angeles Regional Center along with County of Riverside staff will share information about how to apply for the many different kinds of jobs that will be available beginning in January 2019. The kickoff will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Riverside County Workforce Development Center, America’s Job Center of California, at 1325 Spruce St., Riverside.

“We want everyone in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and surrounding areas to know that the Census Bureau is hiring hundreds of workers for temporary jobs,” Mayra Marrufo, an Eastvale resident and Census recruiting manager for Inland Southern California and Orange and San Diego counties, said in a prepared statement. “Currently we are hiring for a variety of jobs, including listers for address canvassing, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff.”

Marrufo first worked for the Census when she needed a second job in 2009 while going through a divorce with three young children. She appreciated the flexibility of the job and the supplemental income, so she jumped at the chance when the Bureau announced it was hiring again. With a background in human resources and desire to connect to her community, Marrufo left her Los Angeles-based job and started work in September with the Bureau. In her new role she can help families and individuals in the community make a good living.

Job seekers can receive assistance with their online applications at the Workforce Development Center or can apply on their own at www.census.gov/fieldjobs for manager jobs and www.2020census.gov/jobs for office support and field positions. Career coaches will be available Thursday to assist or by appointment at the jobseekers’ convenience.

The Bureau is opening 248 offices nationwide for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks,  field supervisors and census takers. Some of the jobs offer flexible hours and opportunities to work from home. The Bureau will open offices in both Riverside and Palm Desert.

Applicants will be placed in an applicant pool for 2020 field positions and will be contacted as work becomes available in their area.

For more information, please visit the 2020 Census Jobs page or the Census Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn page. Applicants may also call 1-855-JOB-2020 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.e