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Oct 28 / BARD CEP

Western Water Policy Intern- Washington DC

Organization: American Rivers

Position Title: Western Water Policy Intern

Location: 1101 14th St. NW, Suite 1400, Washington, DC, 20005, US

Hours and Compensation: American Rivers’ internships are unpaid. We request a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week but schedule and length of internship are flexible.

Application Deadline: not given


Organization Overview

American Rivers is a national river conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s river systems and to fostering a river stewardship ethic. The organization was founded in 1973 to expand the number of rivers protected by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Along with our conservation efforts, American Rivers promotes public awareness about the importance of healthy rivers and the threats that face them.

In addition to protecting nationally significant rivers, American Rivers’ programs address hydropower policy reform; small dam removal; greening US Army Corps of Engineer programs and policies; grassroots outreach; promotion of Wild & Scenic river designations; various issues affecting the Missouri, Yellowstone, Snake, Columbia, and Missouri Rivers; endangered aquatic and riparian species protection; western instream flow; clean water issues; and community riverfront restoration projects. American Rivers is based in Washington, DC, with a regional office in Seattle, Wash


American Rivers is seeking a Western Water Policy Intern in the Conservation Department at our Washington, D.C. office. This is an unpaid position, and can be part-or full-time. However, we will work with the successful applicant to obtain school credit if available.

The intern will work directly with the Director of Western Water Policy in Washington D.C. in researching federal and state water conservation and drought management programs. The intern will also work closely with the current Lapham Fellow in developing a catalogue of water conservation funding programs and research innovative instream flow programs across the country. The intern will gain experience in policy analysis, geographic information systems, legal research, and technical writing throughout the program.


  • Background in hydrology, integrated watershed planning and/or policy analysis
  • Excellent research, communication, and time management skills
  • Comfortable with MS Excel and Arc GIS
  • Familiarity with western water law preferred
  • Ability to think creatively and work with minimal guidance
  • Passion for environmental issues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact professionally within a diverse community

How to Apply

Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume, references, and cover letter to: and put “Conservation Intern” in the subject line or to Stacey Detwiler, Conservation Associate; Attn: Western Water Policy Intern; American Rivers, 1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20005. No phone calls please.

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