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. Learn more »

Director of Mid-level Giving

The Director of Mid-Level Giving oversees the engagement and growth of the organization’s mid-level donors (“River Guardians”) giving $1,000-$9,999 annually. Learn More »

Science Program Director

The Science Program mission is to ensure that American Rivers’ conservation work is guided and informed by current scientific understanding and to recognize and undertake opportunities for American Rivers to engage as a leader in river conservation science externally. Learn More »

Associate Director, Development Operations

The Associate Director of Development Operations is responsible for high-level administrative and substantive duties to support the department’s individual fundraising operations including gift processing and acknowledgement. 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.

Foundations Internship (Summer)

The Foundations Intern will gain direct experience with foundation research, proposal and report writing and budgeting and grants management. Learn More »

National River Cleanup & Corporate Relations Internship (Summer)

The NRC & Corporate Relations intern will help with day-to-day management of the National River Cleanup program, establish new projects for the program and be involved with corporate prospecting, including research and other activities. Learn More >>

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