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 355,000 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

Senior Vice President, Advancement

The Senior Vice President for Advancement serves as the chief development officer and develops and implements short and long-term strategies to enhance organizational revenue. The candidate is responsible for directing comprehensive fundraising and communications functions and recruiting, developing and retaining talented team members focused toward the goal of significantly increasing fundraising results, public awareness, and constituent involvement.   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.  Learn more »

Senior Director, Policy and Government Relations

The Senior Director for Policy and Government Relations (PGR) serves in a leadership position at American Rivers.  The Senior Director is responsible for the development and implementation of short and long term legislative and policy goals in support of the organization’s strategic plan.  The Senior Director is a primary spokesperson for American Rivers among elected officials and their staff, government agencies, river activists, civic and community leaders, and other key constituencies.  Learn more »

Associate Director, CA River Restoration

The Associate Director, CA River Restoration will help American Rivers implement exciting new projects to protect and restore rivers and floodplains in the Sacramento-San Joaquin river and delta system, promote opportunities for Central Valley communities to recreate on Central Valley rivers, and promote a river stewardship ethic among California decision makers.  Learn more »

Program Assistant to the Executive Office

The Program Assistant provides administrative support to the President and the Senior Vice President of Conservation (SVP). This position will also assist the Advancement Department with fundraising travel, events, and state registrations; the Associate Director of Philanthropy and Board Relations with board meeting planning and other events; and the Conservation Department’s Vice Presidents and Program Directors as needed. Learn more »

Winyah Bay Coordinator

The Winyah Bay Coordinator leads efforts in the Winyah Bay watershed of South and North Carolina to implement our source water protection initiative and expand riverside land protection along the Waccamaw River Blue Trail. The Coordinator leads outreach and conservation planning with local partners, helps secure funding for land protection, and collaborates with the local communities to promote public benefits of the Waccamaw, all of which further the goal of connecting people to nature, bolstering existing land and water conservation efforts, and protecting local quality of life. 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.

Foundation Relations Intern — Summer 2019

The Foundation Relations Intern will be involved in many aspects related to identifying, developing and maintaining successful relationships with private foundations. The intern will conduct foundation research, which will include donor and prospect profiles and gather information and statistics about rivers for use in proposals and reports. They will draft or edit internal and external correspondence and fundraising materials, including acknowledgement letters, fact sheets, proposals, and reports. Learn more »

National River Cleanup Program Intern — Summer 2019

The National River Cleanup intern will help with day-to-day management of the National River Cleanup program, establish new projects for the program and be involved with corporate prospecting, including research and other activities. The intern will write National River Cleanup-related blogs, collect cleanup organizer stories for the website and other American Rivers publications, manage and analyze data, conduct outreach to unregistered cleanups, assist with event planning, develop and update corporate and National River Cleanup resources, and other special projects. Learn more »