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.
In addition to canvassing every day, field managers oversee a team of staff. They are responsible for recruiting, training and motivating their team to hit their goals. They also have additional responsibilities to map out canvassing territories, keep good financial records, and help carry out other campaign work (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 30 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.
Canvassers generally earn about $500 to $650 each week. Field managers earn about an additional $50 to 100 each week.