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

Online Communications Manager

The Online Communications Manager (OCM) provides support to the Marketing and Communications Department. Specifically, the OCM works closely with the Director of Online Strategy and the Marketing and Communication department to manage and increase digital engagement with donors, volunteers, activists, online communities, and corporate partners. The OCM will also manage special projects and assist with the department’s administrative needs. Learn More >>

National Coordinator, Hydropower Reform Coalition

The Hydropower Reform Coalition is a national consortium of more than 160 conservation and recreation organizations that protect and restore rivers harmed by hydropower dams. American Rivers is the Coalition’s fiscal sponsor. Founded in 1992, the Coalition works exclusively on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed hydropower projects. The coalition has a proven track record of policy reform and environmental and recreational restoration of rivers. Learn more »

Associate Director, California Major Gifts and Communications

The Associate Director, California Major Gifts and Communications assists with the coordination and implementation of California-based activities to both raise the visibility of American Rivers and build financial support. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy for the Western Region, and working closely with the National Communications Director and the California Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for helping develop a California major donor pipeline, coordinate communications messaging to consistently articulate California program successes to key external audiences, and assist with California River Council and other cultivation events. 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 »

Conservation Associate

The Conservation Associate works to advance floodplain restoration and dam removal projects in the Puget Sound-Columbia River Basin. 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 »