Executive Assistant for Conservation

TITLE: Executive Assistant of Conservation 
CLASSIFICATION: Associate Director II 
DEPARTMENT: Conservation  
WAGE CATEGORY: Exempt, Full-time   
REPORTS TO: Vice President for Conservation Impact  
LOCATION: Flexible, Washington DC metro preferred.

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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.  


The Executive Assistant of Conservation provides administrative support and coordination to the Senior Vice President of Conservation, and the Vice President of Conservation Impact, and tasks as assigned. They serve as part of the Conservation Department Core Team and serve a central coordination role to ensure that our conservation tools and strategies are deployed well throughout the country and our team is united.  


  • Manage and coordinate complicated daily calendars and travel arrangements of two senior executives 
  • Coordinate logistics and agendas for conservation management meetings and retreats between multiple teams 
  • Lead the coordination of administrative tasks for the American Rivers Action Fund 
  • Help encourage collaboration by taking notes, sharing meeting summaries and providing written updates about the team to the organization  
  • Support and help manage onboarding of conservation staff and contractors 
  • Manage conservation management team budgets, contracts, and expenses  
  • Manage deadlines around annual planning and strategic plan results tracking  
  • Draft materials and send correspondence, as requested 
  • Help coordinate American Rivers annual lobby days, as requested  
  • Provide research support, as requested 
  • Depending on experience, may serve as backup for the executive assistant to the President 
  • Projects as assigned 


A successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree and at least 5-7 years of office experience. They will be detail oriented, organized, and flexible. Excellent communication skills are required, along with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. A self-motivated, proactive and reliable, independent person with excellent interpersonal skills and sound judgment will do well in the organization.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and virtual platforms including Zoom, is required. Limited travel is expected. We are a fast-paced organization looking to make a big, scaling impact on rivers so those who like an exciting, quick work environment will thrive here. A passion for rivers is a plus, but not required.   


Location is flexible, although someone on Eastern Standard Time is preferred. 


The salary for this position is $75,000 – $90,000 depending on experience and qualifications. American Rivers offers full-time employees a generous benefits package that includes health, dental and life insurance; a retirement plan, training budget, sick leave, 11 paid holidays, four weeks of paid vacation, paid sabbaticals every seven years, and a 3% retirement match. American Rivers offers TIAA-CREF Social Choice, including green impact, as an investment option.


Our community’s core values motivate us to Lead with Collaboration and Trust, Infuse Equity and Justice, Deliver Results, and Ensure Staff and Volunteers Thrive. American Rivers offers staff professional development and training opportunities, engages in equitable hiring and retention practices, has taken the Green 2.0 pay equity pledge and participates in the transparency report, provides “no meetings” weeks, Summer Fridays, and hosts People of Color, Accessibility, LGBTQAI+, Women’s Leadership, Parents and Caregivers, and DEIJ affinity groups and committees led by staff and board members.  

American Rivers is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request reasonable accommodation, please contact the Human Resources department at 202-243-7050 or humanresources@americanrivers.org. Please note that one week’s advance notice is preferred.  
Applicant must be legally allowed to work as an employee in the United States. 

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Candidates of all personal and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

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