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


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…


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…


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…

Associate Director, Hydropower Reform Coalition

The Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC) is housed administratively within American Rivers and American Rivers is a steering committee member and co-chair of the Hydropower Reform Coalition. The position is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the work of the Hydropower Reform Coalition and its members and advancing the Hydropower Reform Coalition’s policy goals and positions. Learn More…

Director of Government Grants

The Director of Government Grants leads strategy, proposal and budget development, and internal collaboration around the successful pursuit and stewardship of government grants. They will work closely with conservation staff to identify government grants for which AR can be competitive and which fill program needs. Learn More…

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 and contract 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 more. 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.

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

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