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

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 for Policy, Southwest Regional Program

With support from the Conservation Director for the Southwest Regional Program, the Associate Director will engage on policy at the local, state and federal levels and advocate for policies that protect and restore rivers, their headwaters and public lands in the Colorado River and upper Rio Grande basins. The Associate Director will work closely with AR staff and partners to strategize, develop and advocate for policies, legislation and other mechanisms that protect and restore rivers, wetlands and their surrounding lands.  

To accomplish this, the Associate Director will monitor legislation and policy at the federal and state level (in CO, NM, UT and AZ); develop and advocate for equitable river conservation policies; research and identify innovative and equitable policy solutions and opportunities to protect and restore rivers; develop and build relationships with water stakeholders, non-traditional partners and government officials, among others; conduct grassroots and grasstops outreach activities and organize engagement events. The Associate Director will work closely with the American Rivers government relations team and conservation staff across the country and engage with our communications and development teams. Learn More…


Part-Time California Communications and Development Associate

The Associate will join a ten-person California team working to protect and restore California’s rivers and to improve access to rivers and clean water for people. The Associate will support the California team by developing communications materials to engage key audiences, and by supporting our grants program through tracking sources, state and federal grant writing, compilation and submittal.  The Associate also will provide administrative support to the California staff by coordinating office rental space, office supply procurement and delivery, and organizing team gatherings. The Associate works under the Director of the California Program. We are looking for someone with multiple skills who is a creative communicator and will be an enthusiastic contributor to convey the importance of protecting California’s rivers to diverse audiences. 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.

Hydropower Reform Coalition Communications Intern – Spring 2022

HRC is looking for an intern to help us take our communications efforts to the next level. This will include assisting with current communications including social media and blog maintenance, as well as suggesting improvements to current practices. The ideal candidate will be proactive and creative, with an ability to identify appropriate communications opportunities.
Over the course of the internship, the intern is expected to produce a one-page guidance document for social media content creation, a social media toolkit for at least one event, and a portfolio of at least five member profiles for the Coalition newsletter and website. Learn More…

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