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

Senior Director of Major Gifts

The Senior Director of Major Gifts identifies, engages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards current and prospective individual donors in expanding their financial support of the work of American Rivers. S/he is responsible for meeting an annual revenue target by working with an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects to secure gift commitments of $10,000 or more. The Senior Director also supervises a three-member team to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of donor cultivation and solicitation strategies to reach the major gift team’s collective revenue goal. Learn more »

Mid-Level Giving Manager

The Manager of Mid-Level Giving oversees the engagement and growth of the organization’s River Guardian Society, donors giving $1,000-$9,999K annually. S/he engages donors directly through personalized communications and outreach that deepens their relationships with American Rivers. S/he works closely with membership to increase revenue, retention and acquisition of new River Guardians through consistent identification, exceptional engagement, timely online and direct mail solicitation and relevant stewardship. In addition, the position works with the major gifts team on strategies to upgrade River Guardians to major donors. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a talented, high-energy team of professionals who are making a difference in the environmental field. Learn more »

Director of Online Strategy

The Director of Online Strategy is an energetic and savvy communicator responsible for designing and executing campaigns via web, social media and email to increase the visibility of American Rivers, recruit supporters, influence decision-makers and help achieve the organization’s river conservation goals. S/he will implement a comprehensive online engagement plan to increase philanthropic giving and activism. In doing so, s/he works directly with the National Communications Director and collaborates with colleagues in membership, policy and programs. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a talented, dedicated team of professionals who are making a difference in the field of conservation. Learn more »

Associate Director, California Central Valley River Restoration

The Associate Director of Central Valley River Restoration will help American Rivers take advantage of major opportunities to protect and restore floodplains in the Sacramento‐San Joaquin Basin, promote opportunities for Central Valley communities to recreate on Central Valley rivers, and promote a river stewardship ethic among California decision makers. The Associate Director will contribute policy and communications expertise to our efforts to restore Central Valley floodplain functions and help reform flood management policy at the state and national level. The Associate Director will work to achieve program objectives in close collaboration with numerous partners, including other conservation groups, government agencies, universities and communities. Learn more »

Senior Writer

The Senior Writer is an accomplished communicator with broad-based responsibilities for conceptualizing, writing and editing clear, positive content about American Rivers in print and online. In addition, the position coordinates the production and printing of materials and interacts with the fundraising and communications teams to identify and produce collateral support materials. 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.

There are no current internship openings.