Conservation Associate

American Rivers

Nevada City, CA, US


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


The Conservation Associate helps oversee a range of innovative projects in the headwaters region of the Sacramento/San Joaquin “SSJ” basin, including meadow and stream restoration, green infrastructure, instream flow protection and others. The Conservation Associate will contribute to implementing the SSJ basin strategic plan, including fundraising, outreach, and program development, as part of the SSJ headwaters team and will interact with the headquarters office in Washington DC. The Conservation Associate will be based in American Rivers’ Nevada City, CA regional office. This position is for one year, and may be extended.


  • Assist in managing California restoration projects as assigned, including working with individual project budgets and subcontractors.
  • Represent the interests of American Rivers in public forums such as mixed stakeholder meetings.
  • Draft fact sheets, blogs, white papers, reports, and other materials, as directed.
  • Collect and analyze data on restoration project performance.
  • Develop and implement an outreach strategy to encourage downspout disconnection and improve stormwater management in Grass Valley, CA.
  • Conduct research and communicate with partners to help prioritize meadows for restoration and select projects to pursue in collaboration with partners and land managers.
  • Assemble support materials for grant proposals (such as maps, budget information, letters of project support, etc.) and draft sections of proposals.
  • Assist in implementing a coordinated media and outreach strategy to build awareness about the value of healthy rivers to building resilient communities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Resource Management and Planning, or Environmental Policy and at least 1 year of relevant experience working on conservation issues, or a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications.
  • Interest in developing and demonstrating leadership skills.
  • Strong time management skills, including the capacity to engage on several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, flexible, and self-motivated.
  • An understanding of fundamental watershed processes and water resources issues including land use policy, hydrology, ecology, and water rights preferred but not required.
  • Project management and/or project leadership experience in an agency, consulting or conservation organization environment preferred but not required.
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a good sense of
  • Personal commitment to American Rivers’


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 “CA Conservation Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls please.