Careers & Professional Opportunities

Welcome to the River Network Careers page! Here you will find a variety of opportunities with groups working to improve rivers and waters, including staff and contract jobs, internships, and volunteer assignments.

If you would like to post an open position on this page, please fill out a job submission form. Premium River Network members may advertise their organization’s available jobs & volunteer opportunities on our website for free. Free and non-members must pay a $75 job posting fee. You will be linked to the job submission form upon payment. Valid submission of an open position on this page includes one social media promotion and inclusion of the job opportunity in the Events & Education newsletter.

Open Positions

River Network - Director of Finance - Boulder, Colorado

POSITION: Director of Finance

REPORTS TO: President / CEO


TERM AND SALARY: Full time, exempt $70,000 – $75,000/year DOE plus comprehensive benefits including: medical, dental, and vision health insurance; 403b retirement savings plan; vacation and sick leave; employee assistance program; life insurance; technology stipend; and paid holidays.

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks a dedicated and organized finance professional to oversee its finance, accounting, employee benefits, and information technology operations. This includes leadership and management of finances/accounting, benefits and payroll administration, grant intake and financial oversight, and the overall information technology roadmap for River Network. S/he must have excellent communications skills; experience working with a distributed team; familiarity with program development and work force allocation; grant budget development, tracking, and reporting (and managing third-party providers); demonstrated excellence in nonprofit budgeting and time management; and a complete grasp of restricted v. unrestricted revenue. We are looking for a team player, with an entrepreneurial spirit, who is excited about helping achieve a future where everyone has access to affordable, clean water and healthy rivers. For more information, see our current strategic plan. The right candidate will also have an uncanny ability to build trust and rapport with staff, board members, and external colleagues and contractors.

ABOUT RIVER NETWORKRiver Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission – explore our core values and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, our explanation for why equity, diversity an inclusion are the foundation of our mission, and our principles for equitable and inclusive work. Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. Through our internal practices and external leadership, we seek an inclusive workplace culture that attracts diverse staff, board, members, and supporters.


  • Financial Management
    • Lead and coordinate the development of River Network’s annual budget, working with appropriate staff to develop and finalize their departmental/functional budgets.
    • Direct the organization’s monthly financial and accounting operations, including month-end functions, reconciliations, production of monthly financial statements, budget performance monitoring with department staff, expense reporting, accounts receivable and payables management, etc.
    • Ensure timeliness, accuracy and usefulness of financial reporting to funders and the President, Leadership Team, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors.
    • Develop, modify, and/or maintain appropriate internal controls and financial policies and procedures to safeguard River Network assets and ensure sound financial management
    • Remain up to date on nonprofit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.
    • Coordinate the annual external audit process and 990 federal tax return preparations.
    • Supervise staff delivering operational support related to accounting and finance.
  • Information Technology
    • Lead evolution of River Network’s technology roadmap.
    • Ensure new tools and services are consistent with the roadmap, including website and Salesforce integrations and cloud services, managing external relationships and deliverables, etc.
    • Develop and utilize training, reporting and dashboards that support key functions and strategic goals.
    • Supervise staff and / or consultants delivering information technology support.
  • Human Resources
    • Responsible for compensation administration, including payroll and benefits, in coordination with payroll and benefits providers.
    • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding staff functions.
  • Financial Resource Development
    • Participate in funding proposal development to maximize cost recovery for River Network, track spending against restricted revenue sources, and prepare, or assist in preparation, of final foundation and government funder financial reports.
    • Generate timely and complete invoicing on contracts.
    • Contribute to revenue generation at River Network where possible (e.g., financial management education for nonprofits, relationships with corporations or foundations, etc.) in alignment with priorities and in collaboration with other functions and staff.
  • Support for Board of Directors and Finance Committee
    • Provide staff support to River Network’s Finance Committee, or the combined Finance and Development Committee, including coordinating agenda preparation, attending meetings, presenting regular financial reports and others, as requested.
    • Develop and present financial reporting for the Finance Committee, or the combined Finance and Development Committee, and Board of Directors.


  • Degree in Business, Accounting or Finance preferred and minimum of five years of nonprofit financial management experience, preferably for an entity with operations in multiple states.
  • Thorough knowledge of GAAP as it applies to nonprofit organizations, experience with administration of government grants, and accounting for restricted revenue sources.
  • Thorough understanding of and experience in using spreadsheets, accounting software, online payroll processing, MS Office programs, donor management / CRM software (e.g., Salesforce), and other electronic programs/software related to the tasks being performed (e.g., QuickBooks, Expensify,, etc.). Experience utilizing technology solutions to improve outcomes.
  • Positive, self-motivated, and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to succeed with a wide range of stakeholders, partners, staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to define and track deadlines, progress, and contributions of others and stay on track using project management approaches and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proven ability as a team leader to motivate, lead, and support direct reports in order to build a highly effective and well-functioning team.
  • Commitment to values of mutual respect and collaboration, team work, and diversity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to positively influence and persuade.
  • Ability to work from our Boulder, Colorado office location.


  • Knowledge of river conservation, current issues in the water arena, challenges related to equity, etc.

TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Nicole Silk ( with “FINANCE DIRECTOR” in the subject line of the email. References, work samples, simulations, and questions will be part of the selection process. Position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please. The successful applicant must also meet the requirements of River Network’s background screening process.

Consistent with our values and our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as stated above, River Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

South Yuba River Citizens League - River Captain - Nevada City, California

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Each summer more than 800,000 visitors journey to the South Yuba River to soak in the sun and rejuvenate in its sparkling waters. Because of the Yuba’s popularity, it is at risk of being over-loved. Trash gets left behind and accumulates along the river which is a health threat for people and wildlife. SYRCL has developed the River Ambassador program in partnership with the South Yuba River State Park to educate and inspire visitors to join the effort to keep the river clean, healthy, and safe. Each weekend of the summer, teams of volunteer River Ambassadors and their supervising River Captains engage visitors in best stewardship practices by talking one-on-one with people at busy crossings, beaches, and trails. For more information about the program please visit

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydro-power dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with more than 3,500 members and volunteers. See:

POSITION SUMMARY: SYRCL seeks to hire four part-time River Captains who are enthusiastic and passionate about the Yuba River and its health. The River Ambassador program runs 16 weekends between May 23rd and September 7th, with mandatory trainings for Captains in May and July. River Captains work three to four weekends per month, or an average of 12 hours per weekend on the river with River Ambassador volunteers educating visitors about best stewardship and fire-safety practices. In addition, River Captains can expect to spend two hours midweek in meetings and completing administrative duties, such as record keeping, scheduling, and supply restocking. River Captains average 8-14 hours a week total.

NOTE: River Captains must be available to work weekends during the summer. The River Ambassador program will run during Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday weekends. Please only apply if you are available to work these dates. Applicants must also be available for trainings in May and as needed, in addition to post-program evaluation during the first week of September.

SALARY: Compensation will be $12-$14 per hour; this includes all trainings, post-program evaluations, and required meetings. Reasonable mileage and pre-approved expenses will be reimbursed.


  • Coordinate with River Ambassador volunteers to confirm scheduling each weekend.
  • Pick up outreach materials and set up booth each shift.
  • Supervise and train volunteer River Ambassadors on Saturday and Sundays.
  • Model non-confrontational interactions with visitors encountered along trails, at beaches, and parking lots with the help of River Ambassadors.
  • Educate visitors about river stewardship and remove trash, dog waste, and fire pits as needed.
  • Educate visitors on SYRCL’s programs. Encourage membership and volunteerism.
  • Maintain daily logs detailing contacts made, litter-collected, and other data.
  • Assist Stewardship Coordinator as needed in planning and implementing regular training and evaluation sessions, a mid-season potluck and end-of-season volunteer appreciation event.
  • Develop outreach materials as needed.
  • Maintain organized and fully stocked River Ambassador supply bins.


  • Coordinate with River Ambassador volunteers to confirm scheduling each weekend.
  • Pick up outreach materials and set up booth each shift.
  • Supervise and train volunteer River Ambassadors on Saturday and Sundays.
  • Model non-confrontational interactions with visitors encountered along trails, at beaches, and parking lots with the help of River Ambassadors.
  • Educate visitors about river stewardship and remove trash, dog waste, and fire pits as needed.
  • Educate visitors on SYRCL’s programs. Encourage membership and volunteerism.
  • Maintain daily logs detailing contacts made, litter-collected, and other data.
  • Assist Stewardship Coordinator as needed in planning and implementing regular training and evaluation sessions, a mid-season potluck and end-of-season volunteer appreciation event.
  • Develop outreach materials as needed.
  • Maintain organized and fully stocked River Ambassador supply bins.


  • Extensive familiarity and love for the Yuba River.
  • Excellent “people skills” including superior communication skills and a commitment to positive interactions with diverse visitors.
  • Expertise in supervising and coordinating volunteers.
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, Email.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail for scheduling, data collection, and record keeping.
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems, and exercise good judgment.
  • Have own vehicle with valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
  • Readily available by phone and email.
  • First Aid experience a plus.
  • Willingness to submit to a Livescan background check.


  • Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Able to work outdoors in the summer season for at least 5-6 hours at a time.
  • Able to walk on trails.


  • Fluency in Spanish; ability to comfortably and confidently speak with river visitors in Spanish.
  • Ability to read and write in Spanish.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  River Ambassador training is May 8, 2020 and the first day on the river is May 23rd, 2020. Positions are open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins. Please apply online at


SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.

Alabama Chapter Director - Sierra Club - Alabama

POSITION: Chapter Director – Alabama


ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world. We are seeking a full time director for our Alabama chapter.

POSITION SUMMARY: Alabama is one of the most exciting and challenging places to do environmental protection and advocacy work. The Alabama chapter has been volunteer-led up to this point. This full-time staff position will implement policies and programs adopted by the Chapter Executive Committee, including national Beyond Coal Campaign priorities on energy policy. The position will manage the staff budget and operations of more than one of the following operational areas: conservation and legislative programs, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations.

The Chapter Director is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of the Beyond Coal and Alabama Chapter’s priority campaign strategies and activities in Alabama. Collaborates with and coordinates campaign activities with national Sierra Club, the Alabama Chapter, volunteers and appropriate staffing resources. Develops strategies, implements state-level work plans, communicates priorities and benchmarks, provides leadership, promotes participation and reports on campaign effectiveness. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, donors, allies and other organizations, and the public.

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.


  • Plan and carry out activities for the Beyond Coal campaign and Alabama Chapter Priority Campaigns. Facilitate the development of strategic campaign plans, goals and objectives for Alabama. Implement the state level aspects of a strategic campaign. Collaborate with Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, Communications Department, Organizing and Digital Organizing Capacities, Political Team, Sierra Student Coalition, Sierra Club programs — including but not limited to Environmental Justice, Labor, Partnerships, and chapter volunteer leadership to ensure the execution of an Alabama-based campaign to retire Alabama Power’s remaining fossil fuel power plants and improve the state’s renewable energy assets and energy efficiency programs.
  • Plan and implement effective fundraising strategies that reflect Chapter needs and priorities, working closely with Executive Committee Fundraising Committee and other volunteers. Fundraising is anticipated to comprise roughly 50% of the Chapter Director’s time, with the rest primarily split between administrative duties and programmatic work.
  • Develop an annual budget with input from Chapter Treasurer, committees, and others. Ensure good management of the Chapter’s resources and timely reporting to the Executive Committee and national Sierra Club.
  • Organize events around the state to grow and strengthen the chapter’s membership, contributing to networking and enhancing membership giving.
  • Provide professional expertise, guide and support staff and volunteers. Provide training and motivation to staff and volunteers.
  • Work to develop volunteers and leaders, and ensure that they assume meaningful roles in the program/campaign.
  • In conjunction with chapter Executive Committee leaders, develop and update the chapter’s strategic objectives and plans to reach those goals.
  • Work with appropriate staff, lead volunteers, committees and campaign teams to develop, track and update campaign plans with concrete goals, strategies and short term action plans.
  • Guide organization on budget, staffing, and contracting needs to advance its conservation goals.
  • Lobby on legislative priorities in Montgomery, and support local issues as appropriate. Support litigation and executive branch advocacy as needed.
  • Coordinate media outreach activities related to campaigns/programs. Serve as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets and promote media exposure for volunteers.
  • Write, edit, and review educational and advocacy materials.
  • Represent the Sierra Club to the general public and to strategic allies.
  • Assist with donor communications, cultivation and solicitation in collaboration with chapter executive committee fundraising volunteers and national advancement staff, as appropriate.
  • Report on progress toward established goals and the effectiveness of campaign strategies.
  • Advocate the Sierra Club position on proposed legislation involving environmental and energy issues in alignment with chapter and national priorities; communicate with elected officials, business leaders, governmental agencies, and other nonprofit organizations and allies.
  • Assist in formulation of grassroots campaign and coalition activities in support of legislation at the local and state level.
  • Work on task forces, committees, and in coalitions representing the Club’s objectives or missions as determined by supervisor.
  • Prioritize equity and justice within the overall work of the Alabama chapter and maintain relationships with Sierra Club groups across Alabama.
  • Work with national staff to establish and strengthen an Alabama Beyond Coal team as needed and appropriate.
  • Write chapter grants having to do with environmental and energy issues.
  • Handle miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned by the chapter executive committee.


  • B.A./B.S. degree in a policy, environmental, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    At least 5 years’ experience in the planning and implementation of campaigns, which includes strategy, organizing, media relations and contacts with political and business leaders.
  • Expert knowledge of energy solution issues and the unique cultural and political environment of Alabama. Knowledge of renewable energy industry and economics preferred. Knowledge about water policy, public lands policy, sustainable agriculture, coastal conservation issues, and environmental justice.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with volunteers.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity, and inclusion into campaign process and outcomes. Demonstrated cultural competence.
  • Ability to problem-solve and work under deadlines.
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.


Apply here. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Tualatin Riverkeepers - Tualatin Riverkeepers - Tualatin, Oregon


Tualatin Riverkeepers is a community-based organization that protects and restores the Tualatin River watershed. We build watershed stewardship through engagement, advocacy, restoration, access, and education. We envision a healthy Tualatin River watershed and a community committed to protecting it.


Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is in search of a new leader to serve as its Executive Director. TRK is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tualatin River and its watershed, located primarily in Washington County, OR, and to the surrounding communities that depend on a healthy river. TRK engages the community in this mission through four programs: recreation, education, advocacy and habitat restoration. TRK collaborates with farmers, industry, community based organizations and the private sector to promote stewardship of the natural world and to connect rural and urban residents to the Tualatin River.

TRK is part of a broader global “Waterkeeper” movement that has a rich history of linking human health, justice and livelihoods to clean water and environmental protection.

TRK has a passionate staff of five who work together as a mission driven team, but in a relaxed and easy going atmosphere. An active board of directors of up to thirteen members works closely with the Executive Director. TRK has an annual budget of $500,000.

SALARY: $65,000 – $75,000


  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid medical and dental insurance
  • Retirement contributions
  • Eleven paid holidays as well as the weekdays between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day


  • Philanthropic Development and Implementation – Build an organizational culture of philanthropy that empowers all staff, board, volunteers and members to engage in development. Create and execute a development plan to engage multiple generations of donors through major gifts, annual donations, membership, planned gifts and acquisition, focusing on upward momentum for all donors.
  • Engaging the Whole Community – Build and sustain partnerships with organizations that represent communities of color. Create collaborative programming based on shared values, trust and reciprocity. Prioritize cultural competence for staff, volunteers, members and board of directors to create a welcome and inclusive organizational culture.
  • Financial management – In concert with staff and board, develop the annual budget and cash flow projections, operate within the approved annual budget, coordinate audit/compilation and timely submittal of tax and financial reports to IRS and State.
  • Organizational Development – Guide strategic planning and implementation, program development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Public Relations and Collaborations – Serve as the key spokesperson for TRK’s mission and vision, build support among key stakeholders to advance TRK’s agenda, support collaborations with a myriad of organizations that may include policy, advocacy, litigation and environmental and social justice strategies.
  • Board and Committee Development – Recruit new leadership to represent the community TRK serves. Provide ongoing support for the board of directors and committees.
  • Advocacy – Provide guidance and input regarding ongoing environmental policies that affect the health and resilience of the Tualatin River and watershed.
  • Staff – Provide leadership to four TRK program staff including development of job descriptions, annual work plans, and evaluations.


Required Qualifications:

  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Cultural competence
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence
  • Five years in a senior leadership role with proven development experience; specifically grant writing, corporate and major donor relations and direct solicitation
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated abilities in financial management and staff supervision
  • Strong understanding, experience and passion for watershed issues, habitats and wildlife
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to articulate TRK’s vision orally and in writing
  • Ability to develop and execute strategic plans

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Established community relationships with key stakeholders
  • Knowledge of Oregon water law and land use policies, regulations and political climate
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field


Send resume and cover letter to by March 31, 2020. (No phone calls please.) Please include answers to the following questions in your cover letter:

  1. What is your experience serving diverse communities?
  2. What is your experience cultivating funding sources?