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

President and CEO

The President and CEO will combine visionary leadership and great communications skills with pragmatic, balanced implementation to achieve concrete results. American Rivers is looking for a forward-thinking and innovative leader to find creative solutions to problems, with a focus on the most effective way to get things done.

This is a remarkable opportunity for an outstanding leader with passion and experience in the field of environment and conservation to direct the nation’s foremost river conservation organization. 

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Associate Director of Policy and Government Relations

The Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations, (“Associate Director”) leads 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. Learn More.

Associate Director, California River Conservation

The Associate Director develops and implements projects to protect and restore rivers and floodplains in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River and Delta system, promotes equitable access to and management of Central Valley rivers, and cultivates a river stewardship ethic among California decision makers. Learn more.

Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellow

The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers provides an excellent professional development opportunity for talented post-graduates pursuing careers as leaders in the field of conservation advocacy.  Recent graduate degree (MA/MS/PhD/JD/MBA) recipients will focus on conservation policy-related  project that will make a tangible contribution to American Rivers’ mission. 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 »