About American Rivers

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 the 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 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.

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Open Positions

Director of Philanthropy, Eastern Region

We are seeking a dedicated, energetic and strategic Director of Philanthropy to grow philanthropic support for American Rivers. Reporting to the Senior Director of Philanthropy, the Director will be responsible for securing major gifts of $10,000+ from individual donors. This position will work from a home office in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast, traveling throughout the region to meet with donors and prospects up to 50 percent of the time. 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 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 assisting program staff in monitoring sub-recipient awards.

The Director, Grants Management and Financial Analysis will also work closely with program staff on grant budget preparation, establish cost tracking methodologies to ensure that costs are necessary and reasonable and are treated consistently per all contract provisions, GAAP, OMB circulars and best practices, and ensure that reimbursable costs are invoiced and collected timely. Learn More…

Associate Director for Policy, Southwest Regional Program

With support from the Conservation Director for the Southwest Regional Program, the Associate Director will engage on policy at the local, state and federal levels and advocate for policies that protect and restore rivers, their headwaters and public lands in the Colorado River and upper Rio Grande basins. The Associate Director will work closely with AR staff and partners to strategize, develop and advocate for policies, legislation and other mechanisms that protect and restore rivers, wetlands and their surrounding lands.  

To accomplish this, the Associate Director will monitor legislation and policy at the federal and state level (in CO, NM, UT and AZ); develop and advocate for equitable river conservation policies; research and identify innovative and equitable policy solutions and opportunities to protect and restore rivers; develop and build relationships with water stakeholders, non-traditional partners and government officials, among others; conduct grassroots and grasstops outreach activities and organize engagement events. The Associate Director will work closely with the American Rivers government relations team and conservation staff across the country and engage with our communications and development teams. Learn More…

Part-Time California Communications and Development Associate

The Associate will join a ten-person California team working to protect and restore California’s rivers and to improve access to rivers and clean water for people. The Associate will support the California team by developing communications materials to engage key audiences, and by supporting our grants program through tracking sources, state and federal grant writing, compilation and submittal.  The Associate also will provide administrative support to the California staff by coordinating office rental space, office supply procurement and delivery, and organizing team gatherings. The Associate works under the Director of the California Program. We are looking for someone with multiple skills who is a creative communicator and will be an enthusiastic contributor to convey the importance of protecting California’s rivers to diverse audiences. Learn More…

Associate Director, California River Restoration and Dam Removal

The River Restoration Manager will lead American Rivers’ efforts to restore rivers through dam removal in California. We are looking for candidates with the leadership to build partner coalitions to programmatically remove dams in California, the expertise to manage dam removal projects, and the initiative to cultivate additional dam removal projects. This includes leading an effort to strategically build regional capacity to remove dams with nonprofit, municipal, state, federal, and tribal partners. Our ideal candidate will have the ability and aspiration to be a national leader at restoring rivers through dam removal. Learn More…

Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations

The Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations, (“Associate Director”) lead the development and implementation of legislative strategy on Clean Water Supply and Floodplain Restoration issue areas. This individual is responsible for cultivating relationships with key Congressional and Administration staff to act as the primary point of contact on clean water and floodplain restoration issues. The Associate Director leads coalition meetings and strategy internally and with other partners and stakeholders. The Associate Director writes fact sheets, talking points, press releases, blog posts, and other outreach materials for advocacy campaigns. The Associate Director completes and manages lobbying records and related reports. This individual helps support grant writing and fundraising efforts and provides programmatic support as needed. The position will report to the Senior Director, Policy and Government Relations, and is an active member of the Clean Water Supply and Restoration Programs. Learn More…

Part-Time South Carolina Associate Director, Low Country

The Associate Director will continue a partnership with the historic Gullah Geechee community of Bucksport to create and implement a community-driven response to the impacts of climate change and environmental injustice which are causing flooding and diminished water quality. The Associate Director will lead outreach events and communications efforts for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail to better connect citizens and community leaders to their hometown river and advocate for protection of the recreational, economic, drinking water and ecological values the Waccamaw provides. 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.

American Rivers seeks a law intern that will work under the supervision of the Director of Hydropower Reform in the Conservation-Hydropower Program. This program provides an excellent opportunity to gain familiarity with several key environmental laws, as well as expertise in the hydropower licensing process and energy policy. The intern will be afforded opportunities to join meetings with staff at other Non-Governmental Organizations, federal resource agencies, and congressional offices and committees. Learn More…

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