River Restoration Coordinator

American Rivers

Seattle or Bellingham, WA, United States 🇺🇸


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 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit www.americanrivers.org.


The River Restoration Coordinator will help American Rivers restore rivers through dam removal in Washington and Oregon. We are looking for candidates with the ability to assist in managing a multi-million dollar dam removal project, serving as a strategic partner to the lead project manager. The River Restoration Coordinator will provide technical assistance, budget management, grant management, and fundraising assistance to the project, as well as helping spearhead outreach and multimedia communications for both the project and other restoration efforts throughout the region. The River Restoration Coordinator will also work with American Rivers’ national River Restoration Program to coordinate government grant fundraising efforts. Our ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, creative, and aspire to become a future national leader at restoring rivers through dam removal.


  • Assist the Project Manager with all aspects of a multi-million dollar dam removal project in Bellingham, WA, including coordinating the scope of work, budget, and grant reporting; assisting with hiring and coordinating consultant design engineers and contractors; providing community outreach; and maintaining strong partnerships with city, state, and tribal staff. Assist with raising additional funds to complete the project through federal, state, foundation, and corporate grants.
  • Serve as a government grants fundraising coordinator for our national River Restoration Program including identifying restoration government grant opportunities, developing grant schedules, working with staff to develop grant proposal content, and submitting proposals.
  • Help lead outreach and multimedia communications for dam removal work in Bellingham and throughout the Puget Sound and Columbia River watersheds. Communications work will include proactively identifying and pursuing communications opportunities and developing content to further the practice of dam removal in partnership with American Rivers Communications, Restoration, and regional staff.
  • Assist American Rivers Restoration Program staff, regional staff, and development staff to fundraise for Restoration staff and projects in the Puget Sound and Columbia River watersheds.
  • May represent American Rivers at conferences and other events.
  • Regularly respond to email requests for assistance on dam removal and potentially other river restoration-related issues.
  • Be an active teammate with the American Rivers national River Restoration team, engaging in team meetings, collaborating with colleagues on project ideas and approaches, and participating in team retreats and other related activities.
  • Assist with maintaining operation of a small office. Position location is negotiable around Bellingham or Seattle, but will probably include being in an office with one or two other staff.
  • Work will involve traveling by car to meetings with partners throughout Washington and Oregon; and traveling nationally for conferences, trainings, Restoration Program events, and other American Rivers events.
  • Some aspects of the job description may be tailored to fit the specific skills and interests of our selected applicant and may include other duties as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in ecology, fluvial geomorphology, engineering, water resources management, environmental planning, environmental science, economics, or policy. Master’s degree and/or equivalent professional experience are a plus.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in river restoration or a combination of degree and experience.
  • Strong understanding of effective applied river restoration approaches. Understanding of dam removal is a plus.
  • Solid organizational skills and demonstrated experience meeting challenging project deadlines.
  • Enjoy collaborative projects and possess the ability to work well with diverse partners. Experience working in multicultural environments is a plus.
  • Ability to manage budgets and project tasks in Excel spreadsheets.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and the ability to effectively communicate with partners and agency representatives.
  • Demonstrated strength in critical thinking, judgment, and dependability.
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a good sense of humor.
  • Must show initiative, coupled with creative and strategic thinking, judgment, and dependability.
  • Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission.


Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time and full-time equivalent employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.


Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to: [email protected] with “River Restoration Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls please.