Who We Are:
The Fund for the Public Interest is seeking hard-working individuals with good communication skills and a passion for social change to fill citizen outreach and field manager positions across the country this summer.
If you are looking to make a difference working to protect the environment and public health, gain real-world work experience, make money, and work with great people, then this is the job for you. The skills and experience you will gain in one summer are great resume-builders and will last far beyond the summer you spend with us.
The Fund for the Public Interest is a national, nonprofit organization that runs campaigns for America’s leading environmental and social change organizations, such as Environment America. We launched the Fund in 1982 to help find ways to engage people on the most pressing problems of our day and turn that support into solutions. By having face-to-face, one-on-one conversations we give thousands, sometimes millions of people the opportunity for their voices to be heard — through petitions, emails, small donations and meetings. That’s people power, and that’s what it takes to make change.
This summer, we will be working with U.S. PIRG and Environment America to tackle climate change, save bees from dangerous pesticides, and stop single-use plastics from polluting our oceans and other waterways. Safety is our top priority. We will follow COVID safety protocols and local requirements to keep our staff and the public safe, including running our operation outside, social-distancing, remaining contactless, and providing all staff with masks. Ultimately, we know that it will take people power, and we can’t wait. So this summer we’re committed to adapting the strategies we’ve used for nearly 40 years to safely go out into communities and create the change we need.
We currently have paid canvasser and field manager positions open in select cities across the country.
As a canvasser you will:
- Educate and engage citizens on pressing equality issues.
- Build membership and raise money for environmental and social change groups.
- Track funds raised, campaign goals met and new members identified while canvassing.
As a field manager, in addition to canvassing every day, you will:
- Help the directors launch the campaign and build a team of staff this summer.
- Recruit, train and manage a team of staff in the office and in the field.
- Develop the strategy to meet or exceed the campaign’s goals for fundraising and membership identification.
- Meet with the directors each week to evaluate progress and provide input on hiring decisions, goals and priorities.
You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other nonprofit organizations. While on staff, you will gain knowledge of pressing concerns facing our country, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.
Whether you’re starting a career in politics or looking for an opportunity to gain communication and leadership experience, working in a summer canvass office allows you to learn skills you’ll need to be successful well into the future. You should apply if you want to…
- Make a real difference on these issues.
- Get experience with grassroots mobilization, fundraising and working with the media.
- Gain the skills and experiences needed to launch a career in nonprofit, political or grassroots organizing.
- Build long-lasting relationships with a team of people from all across the country who share your interests and concerns on important issues.
- Passion for social change.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Strong work ethic.
Previous experience with staff management or leadership may improve candidacy.
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.