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.

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Open Positions

Development Coordinator

As a member of the Advancement team, the Development Coordinator is responsible for gift processing and acknowledgements and high-level administrative and substantive duties to support the department’s fundraising activities. This includes engaging volunteers and organizers through the National River Cleanup® program. Learn more »

Economics and Policy Research Associate, Great Lakes

This position will help us advance “green stormwater infrastructure” solutions in our two partner cities. As background, “green stormwater infrastructure” is a cost-effective approach to stormwater management that emphasizes natural hydrologic functions to reduce runoff volumes and pollutants. American Rivers’ is partnering with stormwater agencies and other stakeholders in Grand Rapids and Cleveland to pioneer innovative techniques for funding green stormwater infrastructure projects as part of private property development projects. This partnership is designing and implementing a stormwater volume credit trading program that will increase the sustainability of stormwater funding in Grand Rapids while providing regulatory flexibility to property owners and developers.  Learn more »

Director of Philanthropy, Eastern Region

We are seeking a dedicated, energetic, and strategic Director of Philanthropy to grow philanthropic support for American Rivers. Reporting to the Senior Director of Philanthropy, the Director will be responsible for securing gifts of $10,000+ from individual donors and prospects in the Eastern U.S. This position will work from our Washington, D.C. headquarters, traveling throughout the region to meet with donors and prospects up to 60 percent of the time. Learn more »

Administrative Assistant,  Finance

The Administrative Assistant provides support to the Finance Department. The ideal candidate is highly detailed oriented, comfortable with numbers and is interested in learning about finance and administrative systems in a non-profit. The Assistant will also share receptionist duties and provide other administrative duties in support of the Finance and Administration Department. 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.

Government Relations Intern – Summer 2018

Science Intern – Summer 2018

Social Media and Communications Intern – Summer 2018

Corporate and Foundation Team Intern – Summer 2018

Legal Intern – Summer 2018