Careers & Professional Opportunities

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

National Rivers Project Coordinator - River Management Society - Flexible/Remote

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The River Management Society (RMS) is a national non-profit professional organization whose mission is to support professionals who study, protect, and manage North America’s rivers. Our roots are in the former Interagency Whitewater Committee (est. 1972), the 1996 merger of the American River Management Society (est. 1988) and River Federation (est. 1985). Dedicated to holistic river management, our diverse membership includes federal, state, and local agency employees, educators, researchers, consultants, organizations and citizens. River Management Society advances the profession of river management by providing a unique variety of forums for sharing information about the appropriate use and management of river resources. Learn more at

POSITION SUMMARY: This position coordinates the creation, curation and editing of geospatial data for the National River Recreation Database / National Rivers Project. The incumbent will lead projects in collaboration with agencies and organizations contributing geospatial data and information to the National River Recreation Database. The role synthesizes creative partnerships with technical geospatial tasks to populate a living and growing database of information in use by professionals and the public. The incumbent will assist River Management Society staff and board members with other projects as requested and able.


  • Work with partners to implement and complete active/funded NRRD data-addition projects.
  • Continue other non-funded NRRD data-addition projects as able.
  • Maintain and update current NRRD database through check-ins with partners.
  • Develop, maintain and update NRP website, including “Featured Rivers,” data and partner metrics, narrative text and photography.
  • Maintain memorandum-of-understanding documents ensuring partnership between data contributors.
  • Work with NRP web developer to manage and maintain ArcGIS Online API links.
  • Maintain RMS Esri ArcGIS subscription, including ArcGIS Online account.
  • Work with RMS staff and partners to amplify the NRP through articles, social media and presentations.
  • Produce monthly board report with progress on NRP sub-projects.
  • Provide assistance on other RMS projects, including membership, fundraising, website maintenance, social media, paddling trips, trainings, conferences, etc.
  • Attend and support annual autumn RMS board meeting – locations to-be-determined.
  • Attend and support RMS Symposium – May 18-21 2021 in Richmond, Virginia.


  • Passion for rivers and paddling; specifically: Wild & Scenic Rivers, water trails and whitewater.
  • Familiarity with recreation, natural resource management and conservation aspects of federal, state, regional and non-profit agencies and programs.
  • Formal education in geoscience, recreation management, natural resource management or related fields.
  • Proficiency with Esri ArcGIS desktop software and web-based systems, specifically: Esri ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online.
  • Experience with spatial database development, spatial data stewardship and spatial data clearinghouses.
  • Ability to present and explain technical information in front of various non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including the federal government, state agencies, municipalities and non-profit organizations, from a remote location.
  • Ability to self-motivate and work efficiently in an independent environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent time management, and ability to coordinate multiple ongoing tasks, priorities and deadlines.
  • Incumbent must provide remote-working space, including GIS-compatible computer and office supplies.
  • Experience with communications and outreach through social media and print materials desirable.
  • Experience in Python scripting, website development and API connections desirable but not required.


  • This is a part-time contracted position with an hourly rate of $15.50.
  • The position will be 20 hours per week with flexibility in the workweek schedule and location.
  • Benefits include travel reimbursement for attendance to RMS Symposiums and board meetings, conferences and relevant events.
  • RMS will provide Esri ArcGIS license and software.

Applications are due June 20th. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing interest and relevant experience, resume, examples of relevant work focused on rivers and/or GIS, and two professional references, as one combined PDF, to with “National Rivers Project Coordinator” in the subject line. The anticipated start date is August 1st. Questions may be e-mailed to



American Rivers - Conservation Associate Director - Washington

POSITION: Conservation Associate Director

LOCATION: Bellingham or Seattle, Washington

ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS: Named one of the best groups to support by “Outside” magazine, 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 350,000 members, supporters, and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit

POSITION SUMMARY: With support from the Puget Sound-Columbia Basin Director, the Conservation Associate Director (“Associate Director”) will lead American Rivers’ river protection work in Washington state and hydropower work in both Washington and Oregon. The Associate Director will provide leadership in campaign strategy development and implementation, coalition building, and media and communications work to protect and defend the region’s wild rivers and public lands, with a primary focus on building broad-based support for new protective designations in Washington’s North Cascades. They will engage in hydropower licensing processes; coordinate efforts on public lands management planning; respond to serious threats to high-value rivers; and assist in other projects and campaigns. The Associate Director will conduct grassroots and grasstops outreach; interface with elected officials, Native American tribes, federal and state agencies, other relevant stakeholders, and the media; assist with fundraising; organize events; and supervise interns and volunteers. A key member of the Puget Sound-Columbia Basin team, the Associate Director also will work with American Rivers staff based in other regions, participate on internal teams including our River Protection Community of Practice, and engage with our communications and government relations teams.


  • Lead American Rivers’ engagement in a coalition seeking to secure new Wild and Scenic River and Wilderness protections on public lands in Washington’s North Cascades with a primary focus in the Nooksack River basin.
    • Provide leadership and strategic direction for the coalition.
    • Build support for durable river and public land protections from community leaders, residents, business owners, watershed groups, recreation groups, hunters and anglers, private landowners, agricultural producers, as well as local, state and federal elected leaders and Native American tribes.
    • Develop campaign outreach materials including web content, social media content, brochures, fact sheets, action alerts, maps and sign-on letters. Organize outreach events.
    • Generate earned media in the form of news stories, editorials and guest opinions.
  •  Engage in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hydropower licensing proceedings in Washington and Oregon.
    • Review and file comments on license application documents, water quality certifications, etc.
    • Represent American Rivers on hydropower project implementation and relicensing workgroups and committees.
    • Participate in the Hydropower Reform Coalition, a consortium of national, regional, and local conservation and recreation organizations working to protect and restore rivers through on the ground projects and policy initiatives.
    • Effectively communicate place-based river conservation values and river protection goals to elected leaders at the local, state and federal levels.
    • Develop and implement multi-faceted strategies to build broad-based support for long-term protection of Washington’s rivers and public lands.
  •  Develop and implement media and online strategies to build popular and political support for our river conservation efforts.
  • Build working relationships with Native American tribes and resource management agencies.
  • Monitor and engage in Wild and Scenic River management issues and land management plan revisions, Comprehensive River Management Plans (CRMPs), and Wild and Scenic eligibility assessments.
  • Assist with fundraising efforts including but not limited to drafting letters of intent, grant proposals and grant reports.
  • Represent American Rivers at conferences, meetings, press events, public events, in written communications, and in regional Most Endangered Rivers (MER) and River Cleanup activities.
  • Develop durable partnerships with the outdoor recreation industry- boating, hunting, fishing, etc. – to support American Rivers’ priorities in the region.
  • Identify future river protection campaigns including but not limited to new Wild and Scenic designations, flow protection, and riverside land protection and restoration.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with American Rivers’ staff in other regions and who serve on other relevant teams including our Wild and Scenic Rivers Team and the River Protection Community of Practice.
  • Work with Puget Sound-Columbia Basin Director and Government Relations Director to ensure that annual goals and objectives are being met and regional field work is integrated with national work.


  • Strong passion for protecting and defending the Pacific Northwest’s rivers.
  • Three years of experience working in a community organizing and/or advocacy role in the natural and/or cultural resources field, OR bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, natural resources, political science or related field and two years of work experience.
  • Familiarity with the political and social dynamics in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Familiarity with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and FERC hydropower licensing processes.
  • Initiative, coupled with creative and strategic thinking, sound judgment, and dependability. Astute political judgment essential.
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills.
  • Well organized and able to meet deadlines.
  • A team player with solid interpersonal skills.
  • Experience writing grant proposals, reports, and other fundraising activities desired.
  • Willingness to travel and occasionally work hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission and core values.


The salary range for this position is $48,000 – $52,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental, and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.


Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume at Deadline to apply is May 25, 2020. No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

American Rivers - Director, Clean Water Supply Program - Mid-Atlantic

POSITION: Director, Clean Water Supply Program

LOCATION: Pennsylvania or other Mid-Atlantic region

ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS: Named one of the best groups to support by “Outside” magazine, 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 annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® and National River Cleanup® campaigns. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit

At American Rivers, “rivers connect us” is more than just our tagline. Rivers connect all people, refreshing our bodies, renewing our spirits, bringing life-giving water, economic opportunity and recreation to our communities. And rivers do so with no regard to race, ethnicity, social and economic status, where we worship, or who we love. We owe it to the rivers we love and the people we serve to act in this same spirit; to foster diversity, equity and inclusion and justice in all that we do. To that end, we will build a robust, powerful and diverse movement for the conservation of rivers and water resources that is truly representative of the communities across the country. We will honor the values and needs of those communities most impacted by environmental inequities and injustices. And we will strive for an organizational culture in which people of all identities — particularly those who traditionally have not been included — feel valued and have the power to influence change.

POSITION SUMMARY: American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program works to ensure all people have access to clean water and a healthy river. We work to reduce the impacts the built environment has on rivers and water quality, through the increased use of natural infrastructure and integrated water management. This position will be responsible for overseeing our Clean Water Supply work in the Mid-Atlantic region, with an emphasis in Pennsylvania. The position will also be responsible for helping develop American Rivers’ national approach to Integrated Urban Water Management, working with other CWS staff to develop a consistent national approach to engaging municipalities and other water stakeholders in developing holistic approaches to water management.

The Clean Water Supply program has four areas of focus for urban water management: equitable, resilient and integrated financial resources; clean and affordable water and healthy rivers for marginalized communities; policies that support and promote sustainability for clean water and resilient water systems; and practices such as green stormwater infrastructure to ensure water in urban environments mimics natural hydrology. This Director-level position will work toward all goals in two priority river basins: the Delaware River and the rivers of the Chesapeake Bay, notably the Susquehanna River. The Director position will also have special duties helping to develop national-level initiatives in support of improving urban water management and natural infrastructure policies.

Program lead duties include supervising a small team, ensuring program work remains focused and delivers on American Rivers’ mission and the goals of the Clean Water Supply program, maintaining partner and funder relationships, developing fundraising proposals where appropriate and helping build and retain adequate funding to achieve measurable outcomes for the mid-Atlantic program work.

The Director works collaboratively with conservation and administrative staff through the organization, and closely with Clean Water Supply peers directing work in offices throughout the nation. The work of the Clean Water Supply Program is supervised by the Senior Director of Clean Water Supply in Washington, DC.


  • Be American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program representative in the mid-Atlantic region (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia).
  • Serve in leadership capacities in water sector-based, state and regional stakeholder and collaborative groups to advance the work of the Clean Water Supply program.
  • Foster and maintain strategic relationships, in the execution of projects and program planning, with NGO representatives, government agency personnel, political and civic leaders and stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with other Clean Water Supply program directors, lead development of national program initiatives in support of integrated, equitable urban water management practices and policies, including stormwater and wastewater management practices and regulations, stream buffer practices and flood and floodplain management.
  • Manage staff within the Clean Water Supply program working on behalf of the mid-Atlantic basins and coordinate with staff throughout the organization to accomplish the goals of the program in the mid-Atlantic.
  • Assist in visioning and executing the program’s short-term goals and longer-term strategic plans.
  • Oversee mid-Atlantic Clean Water Supply project work including outreach, partnership development, trainings or workshops to improve urban water management practices and policies.
  • Work with American Rivers’ development and administrative staff to secure and maintain foundation and government grants, foster member-donor relationships, and ensure budgets meet the needs of the mid-Atlantic Clean Water Supply program.
  • Represent American Rivers by participating in and presenting at conferences and meetings including those with key decision makers, influencers, funders and donors.
  • Author social and print media, on-line program material, fact sheets and guidance, and reports as needed. Work in coordination with American Rivers’ Communication team.
  • Travel as necessary.


  • Innovative and strategic leadership.
  • Passion for rivers, water equity and urban river corridors. A drive to help communities thrive with clean water and work to protect rivers.
  • Experience or education in water management, conservation or a related topic.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Accomplished facilitator and organizer with capacity to lead others to excel.
  • Experience with budgeting and fundraising.
  • Experience with personnel management.
  • Understanding of the impact of environmental injustices to underrepresented communities.
  • Organized and able to meet deadlines. Self-starter with capacity to work independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Willingness to travel throughout locations through the mid-Atlantic and to occasional meetings and conferences elsewhere in the nation.
  • Knowledge of, and experience working within, at least one of the following: 1) the Clean Water Act, 2) Pennsylvania’s Clean Stream Law, 3) federal, state or local urban stormwater program, and/or 3) the mid-Atlantic’s driving conservation programs, such as the Chesapeake Bay Program, Delaware River Watershed Initiative, Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, or the work of the Delaware and the Susquehanna River Basin Commissions.
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s/master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.


The salary range for this position is $60,000-$75,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter at by May 30, 2020.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply