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, knock on doors and talk to people about the issues to raise awareness, build our membership, and raise money for the organizations we work with.
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In addition to canvassing every day, field managers work closely with the canvass director to meet the goals of the office, and have the chance to build even more skills.
Field managers oversee a team of staff and are responsible for recruiting, training and motivating their team to hit its goals. They also have additional responsibilities to map out canvassing territories, keep good financial records and help carry out other campaign work (such as working with the media, coalition building and petitioning).
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As a canvass director with Fund for the Public Interest, you'll run a campaign office in one of dozens of cities across the country. You'll give leading groups the people power they need to win campaigns and make positive change.
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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 35 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 campaigns and issues that we think are the most pressing, and set up our ground operations where we think we can make the biggest difference. We work with groups like Environment America and U.S. PIRG to take on polluters, tackle climate change, or get pesticides out of our food supply. These groups have counted on us for 35 years to generate the people power they need to take on ExxonMobil, Monsanto, or other opposition and win.
Staff generally earn a base pay between $15 to $18 per hour, which varies by location. You are paid that base hourly pay for meeting the minimum performance standard, plus may earn an additional $1 to $7 per hour or more for exceeding the minimum performance standard. Staff never earn less than minimum wage for the hours that they work. So, you could anticipate to earn an average of between $15 and $20+ per hour depending on performance and location. Select your anticipated summer location below for more specific information on pay.
Boston, MA: an average of between $17-$27 per hour
Los Angeles, CA: an average of between $15.50-$26 per hour
New Brunswick, NJ: an average of between $15-$25 per hour
Oakland, CA: an average of between $15.50-$26 per hour
Portland, OR: an average of between $16-$26 per hour
Washington, DC: an average of between $16-21 per hour
- Medical, dental and vision insurance for employees and dependents
- Commuter benefit program
- 401(k) with employer match
- Paid time off
- Short-term disability insurance
- Excellent training program
- Opportunities for advancement
*Eligibility for benefits depends on your position, location and other factors.
COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boostered. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.
Fund for the Public Interest is an equal opportunity employer.
Los Angeles-based positions: Fund for the Public Interest will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.