Job Detail

Organization: Vermont Public Interest Research group (VPIRG)
Title: Summer Canvasser
Location: Burlington, Vermont USA

Posted: 2024-04-19
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

Do you care about the environment, climate justice and democracy? Do you want to make a difference in how Vermont responds to these issues, all while getting paid to travel VT, biking around the most scenic parts of the state, and camping with friends?

If you answered yes, VPIRG has the job for you.


The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) is the largest nonprofit consumer and environmental advocacy organization in Vermont. Founded in 1972, VPIRG’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of Vermont’s people, environment, and locally based economy by informing and mobilizing individuals and communities across the state. Our staff of organizers and advocates has won dozens of victories including landmark legislation regulating clean energy, toxic chemical reform, campaign finance, health care, genetically engineered food labeling, and many more.


April 29th, 2024 – August 15th, 2024 (with potential to work the final week of August and beyond if available), VPIRG runs a massive summer outreach campaign from our Burlington office, Monday through Thursday. As a canvasser, you’ll be biking or walking door to door, talking to Vermonters about current political issues, fundraising, and building our membership base – and every week, there are opportunities to camp and work out of one of Vermont’s scenic state parks! Canvassers earn $16.50/hr to start, with bonuses and ample opportunities for advancement.

In light of the situation that we face on a national and global level, Vermont’s leadership on issues like climate change has become even more important. If you want to be a force for positive change statewide while building critical skills, this is the job for you. Our goal is to connect with Vermonters who want to see meaningful action on major issues in Vermont. We have the solutions available, but what we’re missing is the will to make these solutions more accessible to all Vermonters.

Your mission is straightforward: build the organization, raise funds by mobilizing grassroots support, and educate the public about the seriousness of the issues we work on.

Being a part of the VPIRG summer canvass increases your knowledge of environmental and social issues, and gives you concrete skills and experience for careers in the non-profit, environmental, and advocacy fields. Qualified candidates are dedicated, hardworking, and passionate about environmental protection and fighting the status quo – no prior canvassing experience is required!

VPIRG canvass alumni are now working at The Nature Conservancy, the Vermont House Democrats, Seventh Generation, Ceres, the Office of Bernie Sanders, and much more including holding elected offices or becoming attorneys. Our alumni are across the country and around the world.

-4-day work week
-Starting at $16.50/hour PLUS bonuses & rewards and/or potential class credit
-Opportunities for advancement/promotion and year-round internship opportunities
-Mentorship from professional organizers and advocates
-Resume builder for future public policy work, organizing roles, and more
-Learn about Vermont policy and how to defend the public interest

Apply today to become part of a fun and fast paced team that’s working to act boldly on climate by pushing forward with solutions here in Vermont!

Submit your application below, or online today at

Questions? Email Joshua Ferguson at [email protected]

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