About American Rivers

American Rivers believes that a future of clean water and healthy rivers for everyone, everywhere is essential. Since 1973, we have protected wild rivers, restored damaged rivers and conserved clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 300,000 members, supporters and volunteers across the country, we are one of the most trusted and influential river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions for a better future. Because life needs rivers.

At American Rivers, we embrace and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities. We seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.

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Open Positions

Associate Director of Development

The Philanthropy Associate will join a high impact, growing Major Gifts team, playing a key role in achieving fundraising goals and fostering a culture of philanthropy within American Rivers. The Associate will support dynamic, fast paced, and fun Major Gift colleagues in securing five and six figure gifts from individual donors, as well as in engaging and supporting leadership volunteers. Learn more…

Associate Director, Prospect Development

Reporting to the Senior Director, Development Operations and Planned Giving, the Associate Director, Prospect Development is a key member of the strategic arm of an organization’s fundraising operation, and plays a critical role in optimizing fundraising performance by coordinating with Advancement Leadership and fundraising staff to identify prospects, prioritize assignments, develop qualification, cultivation, solicitation and action plans for mid and major donors and prospects, maintain and oversee prospect strategies and manage portfolios to achieve aggressive fundraising goals. Learn More…

Associate Director of California Central Valley River Restoration

The Associate Director, California Central Valley River Restoration will help American Rivers develop and implement exciting and inspiring projects to protect and restore rivers and floodplains in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds and Delta to increase resiliency to climate change, support natural biodiversity, increase nature access and flood safety among vulnerable communities, and promote a river stewardship ethic among California decision makers. Learn More…


American Rivers’ Internship Program provides an exciting opportunity for individuals to gain professional experience in the environmental non-profit field. Our goal is to inspire and educate, providing hands-on experience to help develop participants in to the next generation of conservation leaders. We view a successful internship program as crucial to ensuring that the important work of protecting and restoring our natural resources continues to be at the forefront of the public consciousness. As part of our goal to engage an ever wider audience with conservation issues, we at American Rivers pride ourselves on promoting diversity throughout our organization and Internship Program.

Read about some of our former interns and see what they had to say about their internships with American Rivers »

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