Do you want to spend your summer outside, enjoying Vermont’s gorgeous scenery all while making a difference for Vermont’s children? If so, Let’s Grow Kids has the job for you!
Let’s Grow Kids is a public engagement and advocacy campaign about the important role that high-quality, affordable child care can play in supporting the healthy development of Vermont’s children during their first five years—the most important years for laying a foundation for success in relationships, in school and in life. Because Vermont’s shortage of high-quality, affordable child care is a serious challenge for our communities and our economy, our goal is to gain public support leading to increased, sustainable investment that gives all children the chance to reach their full potential. Let’s Grow Kids is an initiative of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children.
Role of the Grassroots Canvasser
This is an opportunity to join a timely and historic effort to create change on an issue that’s quickly rising to the forefront of public consciousness: early childhood.
We are searching for fun and energetic people who are passionate about early childhood to join our summer action campaign as grassroots canvassers. Canvassers will join a team of like-minded individuals to walk around beautiful Vermont towns and talk with residents about the campaign. This is a great summer job for college students, recent graduates and anyone looking to make a difference!
Primary job duties will include going door-to-door on behalf of Let’s Grow Kids, collecting petition signatures, surveying Vermonters, identifying new supporters and volunteers, tracking canvassing data and training canvassing volunteers. Primary work hours will be evenings from Wednesday through Friday and weekend days. Grassroots canvassers will join the campaign’s team, which includes field, communications, policy and research, and business outreach. Grassroots canvassers work under the supervision of regional field managers and the campaign’s field co-directors.
- Identify supporters through door-to-door canvassing activities
- Survey Vermonters about early childhood policy
- Identify potential volunteers and pass on information to regional field managers
- Knock doors alongside volunteers, engage with them about the campaign, and provide some level of training and assistance to them on canvassing practices
- Work with campaign staff on various projects
- Provide timely updates to the field co-directors
- Strong attention to accuracy and detail a must
- Candidates must have strong verbal communication skills and be able to effectively communicate with Vermonters from all walks of life, as well as work directly with campaign staff and volunteers
- Candidate should be self-motivated and able to work independently and take initiative
- Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure
- Candidates must be able to be mobile, walking around for several hours at a time
- Applicants must be proficient with basic software—Word, Outlook, Excel—and be able to learn new software and database management skills
- Applicants must have access to an internet capable device to submit timesheets
- Evening and weekend work required
- Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel across the state
- Experience with organizing or volunteering either on a political, labor, or issue-based campaign preferred
Compensation: $15 an hour
Position Type: Part-time (approx. 25 hours/week, Wednesday–Sunday), temporary (June–August)
Location: Six canvassers will be in Northern VT, based out of our Burlington office. Four will be in Southern VT, likely based in Brattleboro.
Submit résumé, cover letter and three references to Helen Rock at email@example.com.
Deadline: April 23, 2018
For more information about the Campaign, please visit letsgrowkids.org.
The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, age, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, place of birth, citizenship, military or veteran status, HIV status, genetic information, disability or any other legally protected status as defined and required by state and federal laws.
- Position Type: Program
- Location: Vermont (statewide); Chittenden County; Windham County
- Employment Type/ Status: Temporary/ Seasonal