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Fund for the Public Interest

Field Manager

May - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

This was one of the best and most supportive environments I've ever worked in. Additionally, I got to see the issues I was working on be impacted and change right before my very own eyes. It was an incredibly rewarding job.

What I wish was different

Some days are really tough and hard to get through, bad days are really bad days.

Advice

This is one of the most rewarding jobs in one of the best environments you will ever find, but your heart has to be in it. If you do not care about what you're doing you will not be able to get through it.
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Field Manager

June - August 2019 • Santa Cruz, CA

What I liked

I loved the connections I made with the team, we were a huge family.

What I wish was different

The job was excruciating, they made it the best it can be but canvassing has got to be one of the most difficult jobs out there.

Advice

You need a strong will.
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Field Manager

June - September 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Room for advancement and the opportunity to learn how to make real change in politics.

What I wish was different

The hours were very difficult because it was based downtown in the evening and I didn’t feel safe.

Advice

You must be ready to learn new skills and not be lazy.
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Canvasser

June 2019 • Oakland, CA

What I liked

Everyone in the office was really great I made a lot of friends and had some good conversations . The people are the only reason I stayed as long as I did.

What I wish was different

The hours are long and stressful. You have to meet a weekly quota and if you dont two weeks in a row they fire you I wasnt fired but it did make veryday increadably stressful. Then they tell you not to think about the money. It's very unstable, your with new people in a new place everyday, job security isn't really a thing, and there is a lot of turnover.

Advice

This job is emotionaly and physically taxing. You have to talk to a lot of people and deal with a lot of rejection and sometimes increadibly angy and rude people. If your not someone who can deal with that everyday for 4 or 5 hours it may be best to find a different option.
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Grassroots Canvasser

July - August 2018 • Denver, CO

What I liked

I enjoyed doing work I'd never done and learning new skills.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more room for advancement in the organization.

Advice

Be prepared to work with a diverse group of people.
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Assistant Director

July - October 2018 • Washington, DC

What I liked

I learned many aspects of HR including recruiting, interviewing, training, staff management, termination, i9 processing, payroll data entry, payroll corrections, and expense reports.

What I wish was different

I worked up to 70 hours per week, 6 days a week. Turnover was very high, most staff quit after 2 weeks.

Advice

This job will pay you less than an hourly living wage and exploit you for labor. I learned that it's ok to negotiate your salary, and work for a job that pays at least 35-40k. Know your worth and remember that you have a degree and can aim high, even if it might take a few months.
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Administrative Assistant

July 2016 • Denver, CO

What I liked

I like the mission behind the work.

What I wish was different

Everything has been great. I wouldn't change anything.

Advice

No matter how menial the tasks may be, put your best effort into it.
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Field Manager

May - July 2018 • Oakland, CA

What I liked

Awesome incentives, built my communication skills, easy to move up, worked with people my age, and great experience working with political issues revolving around the environment!

What I wish was different

More organization within the agency.

Advice

It takes a lot to work here and be motivated every day to "canvass," but the personal rewards and priceless!
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Field Manager

May - August 2018 • Portland, OR

What I liked

The people were the most incredible people I've ever worked with. The experience of helping manage an office and learning and training the skills of canvassing are invaluable, especially in regards to effective communication and perseverance.

What I wish was different

Advice

Go in with an open mind and it only takes one door to make a night, and one night to make a week.
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Grassroots Canvasser

May - August 2018 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

Chance to be politically proactive Opportunity to earn a lot of money (at least for being a freshman)

What I wish was different

Very long work hours, although higher pay comes along with this (Could potentially turn people away easily given the job intensity)

Advice

Know what canvassing really means before you show up
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Citizen Outreach Staff, Letters to the Editor Co-Chair

May - August 2017 • Chapel Hill, TN

What I liked

I enjoyed working with great and caring directors, talking to people excited about helping the environment

What I wish was different

I did not expect the long hours and often stressful environment

Advice

If you don't mind walking miles each day in heat, sometimes rude people, and working in neighborhoods alone, you'll be fine. The pay can be really good if you're successful.
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Field Manager

May - August 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Experience in grassroots organizing is not only educational, but inspiring.

What I wish was different

My one wish was for more transparency and the ability to understand the inner workings of the organization faster than picking it up on the job.

Advice

Everyone should experience grassroots organizing for at least one cause they find important (or one they might not find important) if not to make a change, then at least to have the experience of working with truly passionate people.
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Grassroots Canvasser

May - August 2018 • Denver, CO

What I liked

Standing up for something important

What I wish was different

I wish I hadn't let people get to me

Advice

Dont let street harassers stop you
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