WORTHINGTON — Beginning this month, local residents may notice census field workers in their neighborhood.

A census field worker is identifiable by carrying a laptop, an ID badge and an official census bag.

Maureen Schriner, Census Bureau Media Specialist for Minnesota, explained that field workers are verifying addresses in order to contact everyone in the country to invite them to participate in the census. Residents should not be alarmed to see these individuals in the community.

Address canvasing runs from now through October, Schriner said.

Additionally, Shriner noted that there are local census jobs available.

"Many of these jobs are part-time, flexible and include shifts on weekends and evenings," she said. "The work is valuable to the community."

Local census workers are an asset because they know their communities better than people from a neighboring district.

To qualify, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, be 18 years or older and speak English. However, an exception may be made for age or citizenship status if the applicant speaks another language that is needed in the community.

To apply, interested parties may visit 2020census.gov.