As a canvasser with Fund for the Public Interest, you’ll work out of a campaign office in one of dozens of 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.
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).
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 involved in the campaigns we’re working on in a meaningful way.
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.
Canvassers generally earn about $500 to $650 each week. Field managers earn about an additional $50 to $100 each week.
Fund for the Public Interest is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy or veteran status.