Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

 

Thank you for your interest in employment and volunteer opportunities with the Department of Elections!

Department of Elections’ staff and volunteers work together to complete our mission of providing equitable access to voting and election-related services and conducting free, fair, and functional elections for the City and County of San Francisco.

In every election, we hire hundreds of temporary employees to help assist our year-round workforce to complete a wide variety of tasks, such as conducting voter outreach, training poll workers, surveying voting sites for accessibility, maintaining voter data, providing language assistance, and processing voted ballots. In addition, we recruit thousands of volunteer poll workers who serve at one of the City’s polling places on Election Day.

Watch a short video about Working at the Department of Elections to find out how our employees put democracy into action on a day-to-day level and learn about some of the tasks that Department of Elections employees are involved in.

We are committed to building an equitable and inclusive workplace in which all employees and volunteers can thrive and succeed. (To learn more about the Department’s internal racial equity goals, please read our 2021-23 Racial Equity Action Plan.)

Have questions about positions with the Department of Elections or the application process? Email elections.careers@sfgov.org or call (415) 554-4375.

Open Positions and Job Alerts

The Department of Elections currently has no open positions. We will begin recruiting for temporary positions approximately 7 months prior to the next election. Please check back soon.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Department is recruiting poll workers to serve in the upcoming election!

Poll workers are responsible for setting up neighborhood polling places on Election Day, providing assistance to voters, and transferring custody of ballots and results after polls close. Each poll worker receives a stipend between $180 to $240 for their service, and must complete a training course prior to Election Day. To learn more about serving as a poll worker and to apply, visit the Serving as a Poll Worker page. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply and receive an additional stipend for their service.

High school students who will be 16 years or older by Election Day are also eligible to serve as poll workers or participate in the Department’s High School Ambassador program. For information about high school programs, visit the High School Poll Worker and Ambassador Programs page.

The Department is seeking community spaces that can host a polling place on Election Day.

The Department of Elections does not own any of the sites that serve as polling places, and relies on community members to provide accessible voting sites on Election Day. If you have a garage, recreation room, lobby, or other space that might be usable as a polling place, please consider applying to be a Polling Place Host. Polling Place Hosts receive a stipend for offering their space, and may also choose to be a poll worker at that location.