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 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 »

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 »

Director, Central Valley River Restoration

The Director, Central Valley River Restoration will help American Rivers build regional capacity for river and floodplain restoration and 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 river protection policies among California decision makers. Learn more »

Director, Grants Management and Financial Analysis

The Director, Grants Management and Financial Analysis is responsible for monitoring, supporting and ensuring effective life cycle administration, grant budget management, and compliance for grants from foundations, federal and state agencies and other non-profit organizations. Learn more »

Internships

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 »

Philanthropy Internship at American Rivers

The Philanthropy Intern will gain direct experience with organizational outreach, community relations, negotiation, collaboration and event planning as well as writing and marketing for specific fundraising initiatives.This internship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in exploring a career in nonprofit conservation or fundraising. Learn more »