The Central Valley River Restoration Director will help American Rivers protect and restore floodplains in the Sacramento‐San Joaquin Basin, promote opportunities for Central Valley communities to recreate on Central Valley rivers, and promote a river stewardship ethic among California decision makers. The Director will work to promote program objectives in close collaboration with numerous organizations American Rivers has partnered with, including other conservation groups, government agencies, universities and communities. The Director will contribute policy and technical expertise to our efforts to restore Central Valley floodplain functions and reform flood management policy at the state and national level.
The Director will lead Sacramento-San Joaquin Basin programs related to restoring and protecting instream flows through innovative on-the-ground projects and policy initiatives. The Director will assist other American Rivers staff to help implement other projects in our portfolio that have an instream flow component, potentially including fish passage barrier removal, floodplain restoration, meadow stream restoration and others. The Director will work closely with numerous partner organizations to implement these and other initiatives, including NGOs, government agencies and Tribes. The Director will be involved in developing and implementing American Rivers’ overall conservation priorities and strategies in the Basin. The Director will also assist with fundraising and other internal needs of the California office, and contribute to American Rivers’ national river programs related to river restoration and protection, clean water and water supply.
The Hydropower Reform Coalition (Coalition) is a national consortium of more than 160 conservation and recreation organizations that protect and restore rivers harmed by hydropower dams. American Rivers is the Coalition’s chair and fiscal sponsor. Founded in 1992, the Coalition works exclusively on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed hydropower projects. The Coalition has a proven track record of hydropower policy reform and restoration of rivers impacted by hydropower projects. The Associate Western States Director works with Coalition staff to coordinate and promote hydropower and river conservation information and strategy exchanges between Coalition members in the West (CA, WA, OR, ID, MT, AK, and elsewhere as appropriate).