About American Rivers

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 275,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

American Rivers embraces and celebrates 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, and 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, experiences, 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

Conservation Associate Director, Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas

The Associate Director will work as a part of a collaborative team to meet American Rivers’ conservation goals in Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas with a focus on river restoration, riverside land protection, and communications. Learn more »

Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations

The Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations, (“Associate Director”) leads the development and implementation of legislative strategy on Clean Water Supply and Floodplain Restoration issue areas. This individual is responsible for cultivating relationships with key Congressional and Administration staff to act as the primary point of contact on clean water and floodplain restoration issues. The Associate Director leads coalition meetings and strategy internally and with other partners and stakeholders. The Associate Director writes fact sheets, talking points, press releases, blog posts, and other outreach materials for advocacy campaigns. The Associate Director completes and manages lobbying records and related reports. This individual helps support grant writing and fundraising efforts and provides programmatic support as needed. The position will report to the Vice President, Policy and Government Relations and is an active member of the Clean Water Supply and Restoration Programs. Learn more »

Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellow

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.  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 »

Open Internship positions will be listed below. Please follow the links for more information and to apply for a specific internship.

Philanthropy Intern — Spring 2019

American Rivers is seeking an intern to work with our Philanthropy Team.  The Philanthropy Intern will gain direct experience with prospect research, event planning, marketing, and database management. The intern will be responsible for a variety of projects and activities in a fast-paced and fun environment, and have the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors who are passionate about conservation. This internship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in exploring a career in nonprofit conservation or fundraising. Learn more »

Legal Intern — Summer 2019

American Rivers seeks law interns 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. Learn more »

Government Relations Intern — Summer 2019

The Government Relations Intern will be responsible for a variety of projects relating to public lands and water-use policy.  The Intern will be involved in researching policy and legislation and in decision-maker outreach.  The Intern will also choose a subject to delve into greater detail and produce a detailed memorandum to senior staff on conservation policy. This project will be determined between the intern and supervisor and will be on a topic related to American Rivers’ policy priorities. Learn more »