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

Conservation Associate, Little Tennessee River

The Associate will advance the goals of American Rivers’ river protection and restoration work in western North Carolina with a focus on the Little Tennessee River basin due to its significant ecological value including robust biodiversity. The Associate will work closely with American Rivers’ staff to identify high priority river restoration and land protection projects to ultimately improve the water quality in the river basin. Learn more »

Major Gifts Director, Eastern Region

Reporting to the Senior Director of Major Gifts, the Major Gifts Director will be responsible for soliciting gifts of $10,000 and above for the assigned region. This position is instrumental in promoting the goals of American Rivers, creating strong and solid relationships with individual prospects and donors, qualifying prospects identified through screenings and referrals, and raising funds to meet annual revenue goals. The Major Gifts Officer will work from our Washington, D.C. headquarters and travel throughout the Eastern U.S. to meet with donors up to 60 percent of the time. Learn more »

Conservation Outreach Associate, Yakima River Basin

The Yakima River Basin Conservation Outreach Associate plays an important role in building and maintaining support for the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan (“Yakima Plan”) and its implementation, primarily through outreach, communications, media, and coordination of Yakima Plan supporters. The Associate also will engage in project specific communications and community engagement. Learn more »

Administrative Assistant,  Finance

The Administrative Assistant provides support to the Finance Department. The ideal candidate is highly detailed oriented, comfortable with numbers and is interested in learning about finance and administrative systems in a non-profit. The Assistant will also share receptionist duties and provide other administrative duties in support of the Finance and Administration Department. 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 »


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.

Government Relations Intern – Spring 2018