Employment Opportunities


Conservation and Government Relations Associate

American Rivers seeks a Conservation Associate to support American Rivers’ Clean Water Program as well as the Government Relations Department. The Associate will help support federal policy efforts to promote green infrastructure and protect small streams and wetlands and assist with work in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Associate will conduct research, develop written materials, engage in lobbying activities, and perform administrative tasks on a day-to-day basis. The position will report to the Senior Director of the Clean Water Program and the Senior Director of the Government Relations Department.

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.