Employment Opportunities


Legal Intern – Spring 2015

American Rivers seeks a law intern that will work under the supervision of the General Counsel in the Legal Department.  This program provides an excellent opportunity to gain direct experience dealing with the legal issues of a national nonprofit environmental organization, including contracts, government grants and agreements, ethics, employment law, conflict of interest, non-profit corporate governance and tax compliance, corporate sponsorship, and charitable solicitation regulation. Though the student may also have the opportunity to carry out some research and writing in environmental law, this internship focuses mainly on transactional work.

Development Intern

American Rivers seeks an Intern to assist the Development Department in its fundraising and research efforts in Washington, DC. Working closely with the Development Team, the Development Intern will assist with donor and prospect research, integrating information into development databases, and developing and producing comprehensive research reports. Through purposeful, authentic, and meaningful projects and tasks, the Development Intern will gain essential professional skills and deepen his/her understanding of prospect identification, cultivation and solicitation in the environmental non-profit sector.

Associate Director of Media Relations

The Associate Director of Media Relations is responsible for assisting with all aspects of outreach to journalists to support American Rivers’ conservation priorities and raise overall organizational visibility. The Associate Director will work closely with conservation, government relations, and communications staff to develop and manage media outreach efforts.

Associate Director of Development

The Associate Director of Development is responsible for the management of the River Guardian Society, a group of individuals who support the work of American Rivers with annual gifts of $1,000 to $9,999. The position also works closely with the Director of The Anglers Fund to recruit new River Guardians and to upgrade qualified members ($15 to $999 donors) to River Guardians; and with the Senior Vice President of Advancement and the Major Gifts team on strategies to upgrade River Guardians to Major Donors.

2015-2017 Lapham Conservation Fellowship

The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers provides an excellent professional development opportunity for talented post-graduates pursuing careers as leaders in the field of conservation advocacy. Recent graduate degree (MA/MS/PhD/JD/MBA) recipients will focus on an applied research project that will make a tangible contribution to American Rivers’ mission. Working with a team of professional staff, the Fellow will apply practical research and advocacy skills and develop a network of professional contacts in their field of expertise. The Fellow will be an integral part of a dynamic organization comprised of experienced conservationists and emerging leaders, and will participate in a range of river conservation activities.

Short-term Clean Water Supply Fellow – Atlanta, GA

The Clean Water Supply Fellow will work to move Southeast communities toward a sustainable and integrated approach to water management while providing program support for the American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program.  The Clean Water Supply program focuses on ensuring communities and their rivers have enough clean water by promoting sustainable and decentralized water management practices such as green infrastructure (rain gardens and green roofs), water efficiency and reuse.  Working with local, regional, state, federal, and nonprofit leaders and officials, Clean Water Supply staff support the implementation of smarter water management policies and practices.

Director of Major Gifts, California

American Rivers seeks a Director of Major Gifts to lead and manage a comprehensive individual major gifts program in California. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, high energy development professional who is interested in making a difference in the field of conservation and eager to play a key role in increasing the number of major donors and the giving level of existing donors.  This position is based in California and reports to the Senior Director of the Major Gifts Program.