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Karen Boutot
Karen Boutot
Karen Boutot, 57, lives in Fort Kent, Maine.
Job: Non-response follow-up crew leader
Location: Fort Kent, Maine

Before I applied for the census job, I was mostly a stay-at-home mom -- home-schooled my kids and did a few things on the side. But since my kids have gotten older, I've been looking to get back into the workforce for an additional income and started doing community development work.

I write grant proposals for local hospitals to bring dollars and new ideas into our community, and we rely on a lot of census data to illustrate why we need funds from the federal government, businesses and foundations.

When I saw postings for a census job, I knew it would complement what I was already doing. I applied in January of 2009, started a couple months later and now I'm on my third tour, which will take me into the summer.

As a crew leader, I train, supervise and support enumerators that go out and collect data. I'm responsible for making sure that the information we gather is as accurate.

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