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

Vice President of Regional Conservation

The VP of Regional Conservation leads and manages all American Rivers’ regional rffices. In that role, s/he is responsible for setting strategic vision, hiring, and managing staff, raising funds to sustain the organization, creating, and managing budgets, partnering with the VP of National Conservation Programs, and representing the regional offices on the Executive Team and in reporting to the President. Given the ambitious, longer-term goals being established by American Rivers and the redesign of the roles of the Regional Directors and the regional river councils, the VP of Regional Conservation will lead a catalytic redesign and implementation of American Rivers conservation work in established AR regional offices. When appropriate, the VP of Regional Conservation will lead the envisioning, fundraising for, staffing, and launching of new regional offices that ultimately cover the entire country. Learn More…

Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Justice and Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity, Justice and Inclusion VP (DEJI VP) is an integral member of the American Rivers team, serving the Diversity, Equity, Justice and Inclusion Staff Committee (the Committee), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board Committee (Board Committee) and the organization. DEJI Director is responsible for providing strategic guidance and implementation activities for the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion plan and initiatives through their role in leading the Committee, staffing the Board Committee and advising American Rivers’ CEO and Executive Team. They play an important role in inspiring enthusiasm and momentum in American Rivers’ work to cultivate diversity, promote equity, and foster inclusion. 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 »