As a canvasser with Fund for the Public Interest, you’ll work out of a campaign office in one of a dozen cities across the country. You’ll go out into communities, knocking on doors and talking to people about the issues to raise awareness, build our membership, and raise money for the organizations we work with.
In addition to canvassing every day, Field Managers are more involved in recruiting, motivating and training their fellow canvassers to hit our goals. They also have additional responsibilities to set performance goals, map out canvassing territories, keep good financial records, and help implement the non-canvassing aspects of the campaign (such as media, coalition building and petitioning).
What's canvassing like?
Canvassing is challenging, but it’s something you get better at the more you do it. We’ve been running canvass offices for more than 20 years, so we’ll make sure you learn the skills you need to be successful. In addition, many of the issues that we work on are commonsense policies supported by a sizable majority of people. Canvassing is less a matter of changing someone’s views on an issue, and more trying to get the people that are with us to support our work and get more involved in the campaigns we’re working on.
How do we decide which groups, which campaigns?
We work on the campaigns and the issues that we think are the most pressing, and set up our ground operations where we think we can make the biggest difference.
Salary and Benefits
Canvassers generally earn about $450 - $650 each week. Field Managers earn an additional $50 - $100 each week.