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

Staff Accountant, Grants and Contracts

The Staff Accountant, Grants and Contracts, will be involved in the day-to-day administrative and effective life cycle management of grants and contracts received from foundations, federal and state agencies and other non-profit organizations. 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 »

Staff Accountant 

The Staff Accountant is responsible for processing accounts payable, cash disbursements and cash receipts, coordinating the monthly closing process, and processing payroll. The Staff Accountant also assists with implementation and communication of policies and procedures to staff. Learn more »

Conservation Associate

The Conservation Associate leads American Rivers’ floodplain restoration program in the Puget Sound-Columbia River Basin and supports the Dam Removal Project Manager with dam removal projects, including the Middle Fork Nooksack Dam removal, and program-building. 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 currently no open intern positions.