Careers With American Rivers

About American Rivers

American Rivers is championing a national effort to protect and restore all rivers, from remote mountain streams to urban waterways. Healthy rivers provide people and nature with clean, abundant water and natural habitat. For 50 years, American Rivers staff, supporters, and partners have shared a common belief: Life Depends on Rivers℠.

American Rivers centers the ongoing work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all that we do. 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 everyone 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

Associate Director, Southeast Conservation

The Associate Director will work as a part of a collaborative team to meet American Rivers’ conservation goals in Southeast Region with a focus on river restoration, climate adaptation, and community engagement in the Cape Fear and Neuse River watersheds of North Carolina. Learn More…


The Associate Director of California Headwaters Conservation will help American Rivers develop and implement innovative and inspiring projects that protect and restore source watersheds in the Sierra Nevada to increase climate and water supply resilience, support natural biodiversity, and benefit local and downstream communities. The Associate Director will join a team that works at multiple levels to achieve tangible results and scale impact. Our approach is to implement on-the-ground projects that catalyze partnerships and policies to achieve river conservation at the regional and state-wide scales. Learn More…

Northeast Regional Director

The Northeast Regional Director (“Director”) will lead the regional team working to restore and protect rivers of New England and New York through clean water and hydropower advocacy, and on the ground restoration, like dam removal and floodplain restoration.  This individual’s responsibilities include managing staff, fundraising for the organization, and raising the profile of American Rivers in a way that builds the entire movement. Learn More…


The Hydropower Reform Coalition (Coalition) is a national consortium of more than 160 conservation and recreation organizations that protect and restore rivers harmed by hydropower dams. American Rivers is the Coalition’s co-chair and fiscal sponsor. Founded in 1992, the Coalition works exclusively on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed hydropower projects. Learn More…


The Associate Director of River Restoration will support American Rivers’ efforts to restore riverscapes through dam removal in the Northwest Region. We are looking for candidates who can lead a coalition of land managers, State and Federal agencies, other NGOs, and Tribal Nations in Washington State to develop a dam removal pipeline for the Stillaguamish and Snohomish Basins through process-based river restoration approaches that balance ecological and social values as well as feasibility considerations. 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.

AmeriCorps Member, Headwaters Assessment and Monitoring Field Technician

The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) is seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to five months of service, protecting Sierra natural resources and working to create sustainable communities, including one individual to be placed with American Rivers as the Headwaters Assessment and Monitoring Field Technician AmeriCorps Member. During the term, the SNAP member placed at American Rivers will gain skills and technical training, receive mentorship with outstanding environmental leaders, and receive an education award at the successful completion of service. Learn More…

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

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