available positions:

community organizing intern (summer 2017)

The Community Organizing Intern is a paid position. The intern will work with our organizers to conduct community outreach in targeted neighborhoods around New York City.  He or she will also learn key media relations and political advocacy skills in coordination with Riders Alliance staff. In addition, the intern will attend monthly formal community organizing training workshops.

The intern will develop skills in:

  • community outreach and membership recruitment
  • relationship building and leadership training
  • issue campaign selection and execution
  • media relations and communications
  • political advocacy
  • organizational development
  • campaign research
  • database management
  • working with low-income communities of color

Applicants must be committed to social change and interested in learning about community organizing practices, transportation policy, and diverse communities around New York City. Applicants must be excellent with people, strong communicators, detail-oriented, timely, flexible, and able to identify sources of inequity. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, immigrants, indigenous people, LGBT people, and other communities.

To apply, please prepare (1) a resume and (2) a short statement highlighting your experience, your commitment to social justice, and your interest in engaging community members around issues of transportation. Candidates who do not provide both a resume and statement will not be considered for the position. All applications should be sent to our Senior Organizer, Masha Burina, at masha[at]

Deadline to apply: Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:00PM

Canvasser/Phone Banker

The Canvasser/Phone Banker, working under the active supervision of the Deputy Director and the Canvass Director, is responsible for engaging with community members and cultivating relationships with potential volunteers through surveys, signed petitions, and phone calls. The Canvasser/Phone Banker collects survey data for various campaigns and calls lists of community members to invite them to Riders Alliance events.

The Phone Banker/Canvasser will:

  • Engage community members in transit campaigns in targeted communities in person and on the phone;
  • Build membership and grass-roots community participation for the organization;
  • Alert community members to upcoming events through calls and cultivate their interest and participation;
  • Record contacts made, contact results, and information collected in an organized manner;
  • Ensure accuracy and usability of data and information collected.


  • Previous experience with canvassing, phone banking, or community organizing, or equivalent educational experience.
  • Preferred: ability to fluently speak language(s) other than English.
  • Preferred: familiarity with communities and community politics in New York City.

Pay is hourly and compensation for travel is included. Scheduling and hours are flexible.

Send your resume, a brief description of yourself and your previous experience, and your schedule availability to Kristin Wright, at Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The Riders Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for the position.