TERM: Fall 2022 – Spring 2023
LOCATION: Remote or Washington, DC
REPORTS TO: Director, Corporate Relations


Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 by “Outside” magazine, 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 an 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 maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information, please visit www.americanrivers.org.

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.

In achieving our mission, American Rivers is guided by six core values: Passion, Integrity, Teamwork, Commitment, Balance, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. These core values are the foundation for our work and inform all of our interactions and communications both inside and outside of the organization. For more information about our values please visit https://www.americanrivers.org/about-us/our-values/.

American Rivers is seeking a fellow to work either in-person or remotely during the academic year with the corporate relations team. The Corporate Relations Fellow will gain direct experience with nonprofit corporate fundraising and program management for National River Cleanup® (NRC). Tasks may include developing new NRC tools and materials, completing corporate research briefs, drafting proposals, writing blogs, developing stories for the website and other publications, analyzing data, engaging in outreach, assisting with event planning and other special projects.

The fellow will be invited to all relevant team and department meetings, be provided with professional development and networking opportunities and meet regularly with supervisors to discuss work and seek advice. Upon completion of the fellowship, the candidate will have a solid grounding in corporate fundraising, familiarity with river conservation issues and a portfolio of project outputs.

American Rivers developed this fellowship to help build a pipeline of future nonprofit and conservation leaders. This fellowship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in obtaining valuable skills with a high-performing team while exploring a career in the sector.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Detail-oriented and creative
• Interest in writing, marketing, communications, event planning and fundraising
• Able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Commitment to American Rivers’ Core Values
• Experience in Adobe Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop and/or Canva a plus

COMPENSATION: The fellowship is from September 2022 to May 2023, or one school year. This fellowship requires a minimum commitment of 16-20 hours per week and maximum of 25 hours per week during regular business hours. This fellowship pays $16.10 per hour. In addition, American Rivers will work with the fellow to obtain academic credit where available.