Job Category:

Administrative, Data Entry, Federal Government, Statistics, Research


$18.38 to $23.90 / Per Hour


DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics in the following location: Santa Rosa, CA.

THIS POSITION IS PART TIME ONLY AND DOES NOT LEAD TO FULL TIME. The hourly rate of this position is: Santa Rosa, CA $18.38- $23.90. Economic Assistants are paid this hourly rate depending on the number of hours worked.

This position is a permanent part-time position. Some weekend or evening hours will be required. The weekly hours of work vary, but are expected to average 16-32 hours per week. The average weekly and/or total hours may increase or decrease . This is not a job opportunity for a person that needs full-time employment or whom cannot be available for work when it is required, including a mix of day, evening and weekend hours. This position will not lead to a full-time position.

This position has promotion potential to GS-07. Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

The selectee will be placed on a telework agreement, with a local reporting office to be identified in the telework agreement. The selectee will be required to travel throughout the Santa Rosa & Sonoma Counties, in various local weather conditions to perform data collection.

This position is inside the bargaining unit. Relocation costs will NOT be paid.

Two positions will be filled through this vacancy. If additional vacancies become available, additional selections may be made from this announcement.

NOTE: Work in retail stores must be completed during business hours.

VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE IS REQUIRED- Driving conditions will include highway and local street, and driving at night and in various local weather conditions.


Incumbent is responsible for the collection of primary data for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Economic Assistants collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index. Data for commodities and services are collected by conducting personal and telephone interviews with store managers and buyers, managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals. Data for the housing survey are obtained by personal visit or telephone interview with either property managers, tenants, or home owners. Duties include, but are not limited to: Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data; contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhood and follow up telephone interviews; and collecting and entering data on a hand held computer and obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey responders. The position requires travel throughout pricing areas in Santa Rosa and Sonoma counties, including neighborhoods of all economic types. During the first year, travel to Washington office is necessary for training. There will be 1 two-week trip, and 1 one-week trip. Additional travel outside of local area may be necessary, as needed, for training.

Travel Required

75% or Greater

Travel required for training. Travel may be required daily.

Relocation Authorized


Job Requirements

– U.S. Citizenship.

– Requires a valid drivers license.

– Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

– Appointment to this position requires a background investigation.

– Subject to frequent travel.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-4, in the Federal Service, or successful completion of a full 4-year course study with major study in economics, or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as business law, statistics, algebra, pre calculus, calculus, or economics.

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is experience in performing research or related work that involved collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data.

Combination of specialized experience and education – equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. For GS-5 level positions, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience.

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