Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Texas Campaign for the Environment

Spring 2018

Position: Environmental Community Organizer 
Student: Rhetoric and Writing Sophomore 

The work day at Texas Campaign for the Environment doesn’t start until 2pm, so if you like sleeping in and starting your day a little bit later, TCE definitely has that perk. The office is located on West Riverside in downtown Austin, so the commute isn’t bad. I live in North Austin, and on the worst days it takes me 25 minutes to get there.

I really enjoy how we start our day. Every afternoon at 2pm  all the canvassers have a 35-40 minute briefing with the executive director, project manager, hiring manager, and office manager. All the head honchos are there if they are able to be. In the briefings, they go over fundraising and letter statistics (we ask people to write letters to the particular officials). They also go over what we’ve been able to achieve thus far in the particular campaign we’re canvassing for. They let us know what is going on in local, statewide, and nationwide news pertinent to our campaigns.  

After the briefing, we load up into vehicles and drive to our lunch drop. During the drive, we always come up with a list of silly introduction questions so we can get to know each other better. This is probably one of my favorite parts of the job. The questions can range from “What motivates you to do this work?” to “What is your favorite type of grass?” I love it. We then have lunch from about 3-3:40pm. After lunch, we drive to turf (the area we’re canvassing). We practice our rap (the structure of our campaign conversation) during the drive. We go our separate ways and start knocking on people’s doors at about 4pm. Finally, we meet back up at about 9:00pm and head to the office after calculating everyone’s donations and letters. Thus, our organizing day is comes to an end!

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    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508