Photo taken in 2019 by Peter C. Blanchard, Manifest Photography

Positions with the Fund

Each summer we hire thousands of people to work on our campaigns. Whether this is your first time working on a campaign, or if you are an experienced canvasser, we have a position for you.

Canvasser

As a canvasser with Fund for the Public Interest, you’ll work 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.

Field Manager

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).

Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority; we will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety protocols to protect our staff and the public.

As canvassing requires face-to-face interaction with the canvassing team and members of the public, getting vaccinated and following our safety protocols are essential functions of the job and are therefore required for all staff.

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 nearly 40 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 tackle climate change, save the bees from dangerous pesticides, and stop single-use plastic from polluting our oceans and other waterways. These groups have counted on us for nearly 40 years to generate the people power they need to take on ExxonMobil, Monsanto or other opposition and win.

Pay

Staff generally earn a base pay between $10-16.84 per hour, which varies by location. You are paid that base hourly pay for meeting the minimum performance standard, plus may earn an additional $1-7 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 earn between $11 and $20 per hour depending on performance.

Depending on your position, location and other factors you may be eligible for benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, our commuter benefit program, 401(k) with employer match, paid time off and short-term disability insurance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Fund for the Public Interest, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer. 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 Ordinance.

“I was a field manager, which taught me about staff management and how to maximize people's strengths to help them succeed."

— Ethan Jampel, Emory University

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