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Job Opportunities

Canvassers (Door Canvassers, Phone Canvassers)

Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) is looking for highly motivated individuals who are passionate about ACAT’s mission and work. The goal of ACAT’s Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) program is to develop and implement non-partisan civic engagement campaigns around toxic chemicals and public health to engage under-represented constituencies in the democratic process; within and beyond election cycles. In advance to the 2014 General Elections we will conduct a canvass to implement a “Get out the vote” (GOTV) campaign to mobilize and motivate Alaskans to vote in order to increase their voice and power in the public health issues that affects them. The canvassers will implement ACAT’s voter mobilization campaign during 2-3 weeks between mid-October and early November, 2014. Door Canvassers should have reliable transportation and valid driver’s license and must be prepared to walk for 3 or more hours a day. All canvassers must be available to work extended hours and weekends. Paid training provided.

About Alaska Community Action on Toxics

History & Mission. ACAT is a statewide organization. We work collaboratively with communities to facilitate environmental health and justice by holding corporations, the military, and governments accountable for their environmental practices. We assist communities in implementing effective strategies to limit their exposure to toxic substances and to protect and restore the ecosystems that sustain them and their ways of life. ACAT’s mission is to assure justice by advocating for environmental and community health. We believe everyone has the right to clean air, clean water, and toxic-free food.

Position: Door Canvassers

Door Canvassers will be responsible for executing the robust door to door canvass program to educate voters about ACAT’s work and remind them to get out and vote on November 4. Door canvassers will work closely with the ACAT’s Civic Engagement Coordinator and Communications and Technology Coordinator to oversee the day to day operation of the canvass program including coaching, canvass logistics, quality control and evaluation. We are hiring Door Canvassers at an hourly rate of $13.00-$15.00 DOE. These are temporary positions based in Anchorage reporting to the Civic Engagement Coordinator 22-26 hours a week from October 9 until November 4, 2014.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Educate and engage community through door to door canvassing
  • Record canvassing outcomes in a walking sheet
  • Conduct daily and weekly reporting on metrics and goals for canvass program
  • Ensure date collection integrity through enforcement of quality control measures
  • Facilitate/participate daily field meetings and trainings
  • Participate and complete all required training


  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Knowledge and/or interest in ACAT’s work
  • Strategic mindset with flexibility to quickly adjust tactics
  • Demonstrated success in metric driven jobs
  • Strong verbal and communication skills
  • Familiarity with VAN preferred
  • Experience managing canvassers and/or volunteers preferred
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, database, and use of the internet
  • Ability to work respectfully with people of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Must have a cell phone
  • Participate and complete all required trainings
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Punctual

Position: Phone Canvasser

Phone canvassers will motivate Alaskans to participate in the 2014 General Election through live telephone calls. This is a temporary position based in Anchorage reporting to the Civic Engagement Coordinator and compensated at $11.00 per hour, 22-25 hours a week from the end of September until November 4, 2014.

Job responsibilities:

  • Serve as the direct contact between the ACAT’s GOTV campaign and Alaska voters in a district where most people are Alaska Natives
  •  Record call outcomes on a simple online database


  • Be energetic and enthusiastic in encouraging people to participate in the American political process
  • Have good communication and interpersonal skills on the telephone and in person
  • Ability to follow general script and adjust as needed to audience
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Punctuality – shifts have pre-set start times
  • Positive attitude, detail-oriented, highly motivated and organized
  • Ability to work respectfully with people of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds

How to Apply

We welcome applications from all individuals who possess the required qualifications listed above.  We would be glad for you to submit a résumé and a statement of interest. Send your documents as email attachments in Word or PDF to: [email protected] with subject line: “Canvasser job application.” Feel free to call our office with questions, 907-222-7714.

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