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

Controller

The Controller is responsible for the day-to-day accounting for American Rivers’ financial transactions, as well as for developing, implementing, and ensuring compliance with financial policies and procedures consistent with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Learn more…

Director of Philanthropy, Northwest and Northern Rockies

Reporting to the Senior Director of Philanthropy, the Director of Philanthropy is responsible for securing major gifts from individual donors and actively contributing to the success of the Life Depends on Rivers campaign. The Director of Philanthropy will partner with the President and CEO, board members, campaign cabinet members, River Council volunteers, and leadership staff. Learn more…

Central Regional Director

The Central Regional Director (“Director”) will lead the regional team working to restore and protect rivers of the region through advocacy for clean water, healthy rivers and and implementation of on the ground restoration (e.g., dam removal and floodplain restoration). This individual’s responsibilities include managing staff, fundraising for the organization, managing Mississippi and Missouri River-focused projects and advocacy raising the profile of American Rivers in a way that builds the entire river conservation movement. Learn More…

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CENTRAL SIERRA HEADWATERS CONSERVATION

The Associate Director of Central Sierra Headwaters Conservation will help American Rivers develop and implement innovative and inspiring projects and programs that protect and restore source watersheds in the central Sierra Nevada to increase climate and water supply resilience, support natural biodiversity, and benefit local and downstream communities. Learn more…

Director, Northern Sierra Headwaters Conservation

The Director of Northern California Headwaters Conservation will help American Rivers develop and implement innovative and inspiring projects and programs that protect and restore source watersheds in the northern Sierra Nevada to increase climate and water supply resilience, support natural biodiversity, and benefit local and downstream communities. Learn more…

SENIOR DIRECTOR OR VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

The Senior Director of Government Affairs (SDGA), which could be classified as a vice president position for the right experience, will lead the organization’s policy and advocacy team and oversee execution of all advocacy and regulatory strategies to advance favorable outcomes for rivers. The SDGA will serve as the primary lobbyist for the organization and be charged with cultivating decision-makers into river champions. Learn More…

NATIONAL RIVER PROTECTION DIRECTOR

The Director will support American Rivers’ river protection administrative and legislative initiatives nationally and in priority regions working with the Program Director, regional, Government Relations, and communications staff.  The River Protection Director will also manage a high impact, federal public lands headwaters campaign for rivers to administratively protect high quality rivers and streams at the landscape scale to conserve threatened biodiversity and maintain climate resilience. Learn more…

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CALIFORNIA DATA SCIENCE

The Associate Director of California River Restoration and Data Science will help American Rivers compile and analyze watershed and species data to evaluate the most pressing climate challenges our rivers face. The Associate Director will meaningfully contribute to the development and implementation of analytical projects that support science-based decision-making for species recovery, California water policy, and dam removal project assessment. Learn More…

Internships

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 »


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