About American Rivers

American Rivers believes that a future of clean water and healthy rivers for everyone, everywhere is essential. Since 1973, we have protected wild rivers, restored damaged rivers and conserved clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 300,000 members, supporters and volunteers across the country, we are one of the most trusted and influential river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions for a better future. Because life needs rivers.

At American Rivers, we embrace and celebrate 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. 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 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

Associate Director, Northern Rockies

The Northern Rockies Associate Director will work closely with the other members of the Northern Rockies team to achieve an array of conservation goals, with a geographic focus in Montana west of the Continental Divide. The Associate Director will actively participate in Montanans for Healthy Rivers (MHR), a coalition seeking to win new Wild and Scenic River designations on federal public lands in western Montana; help assemble and participate in a new MHR coalition west of the Divide; conduct grassroots outreach to a variety of audiences including local Tribal Nations; engage in the development of land management plan revisions and Comprehensive River Management Plans (CRMPs) on federal public lands; assist the Northern Rockies team in fundraising and planning special events; and participate in other campaigns, projects and activities as needed. Learn More…

Snake River Director, Northwest Region

The Director of the Snake River Campaign (“Director”) will lead the development and implementation of American Rivers’ strategy to recover the lower Snake River through the removal of four federal dams. This individual is responsible for cultivating relationships with key Congressional and Administration leaders; leading a cross-programmatic team of staff and contractors working on this issue for the organization; and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice practices in all venues, including community, partner, and tribal engagements. 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 major gifts of $10,000+ from individual donors. This position will work from a home office in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast, traveling throughout the region to meet with donors and prospects up to 50 percent of the time. 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. Responsibilities include ensuring sound fiscal management and reporting to foundations, federal and state agencies and other non-profits; coordinating with program managers to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of grant and contract agreements as well as the organization’s accounting policies and procedures; and assisting program staff in monitoring sub-recipient awards.

The Director, Grants Management and Financial Analysis will also work closely with program staff on grant budget preparation, establish cost tracking methodologies to ensure that costs are necessary and reasonable and are treated consistently per all contract provisions, GAAP, OMB circulars and best practices, and ensure that reimbursable costs are invoiced and collected timely. Learn More…

Associate Director, California River Restoration and Dam Removal

The River Restoration Manager will lead American Rivers’ efforts to restore rivers through dam removal in California. We are looking for candidates with the leadership to build partner coalitions to programmatically remove dams in California, the expertise to manage dam removal projects, and the initiative to cultivate additional dam removal projects. This includes leading an effort to strategically build regional capacity to remove dams with nonprofit, municipal, state, federal, and tribal partners. Our ideal candidate will have the ability and aspiration to be a national leader at restoring rivers through dam removal. Learn More…

Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations

The Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations, (“Associate Director”) lead 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 Senior Director, Policy and Government Relations, and is an active member of the Clean Water Supply and Restoration Programs. Learn More…

Part-Time South Carolina Associate Director, Low Country

The Associate Director will continue a partnership with the historic Gullah Geechee community of Bucksport to create and implement a community-driven response to the impacts of climate change and environmental injustice which are causing flooding and diminished water quality. The Associate Director will lead outreach events and communications efforts for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail to better connect citizens and community leaders to their hometown river and advocate for protection of the recreational, economic, drinking water and ecological values the Waccamaw provides. 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.

Foundation Relations Internship

American Rivers is seeking an intern to work with the foundation relations team. The intern has a choice to work on premise at our DC headquarters, work remotely or choose a hybrid schedule. The Foundation Relations Intern will gain direct experience with foundation research, proposal and report writing and budgeting and grants management. The intern will be responsible for a variety of projects and activities and have the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors who are passionate about conservation. Upon completion of the internship, the intern will have a solid grounding in foundation fundraising, familiarity with river conservation issues and a portfolio of project outputs. This internship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in obtaining valuable skills while exploring a career in nonprofit conservation or fundraising. Learn More…

Corporate Relations Internship

American Rivers is seeking a summer intern to work either in-person or remotely with the corporate relations team. The Corporate Relations Intern will gain direct experience with nonprofit corporate fundraising and volunteer program management for the National River Cleanup® (NRC) program. Tasks may include developing new NRC tools and materials, conducting corporate research and drafting briefs, writing blogs, collecting NRC organizer stories for the website and other American Rivers publications, analyzing data, engaging in outreach, assisting with event planning and other special projects. Learn More…

Read about some of our former interns and see what they had to say about their internships with American Rivers »