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Updated March 2015

Help save rivers and have fun!

NEW FOR 2015: Give a Day Saving Rivers with FOR & Get a Day On River with FOR!

In 2015 we are offering all new volunteers the oportunity to get on river for free when you give a day volunteering with FOR. Check out th emany oportunities below email us with your interests and let us know you'd like to participate in the Give-A-Day & Get-A-Day program!

Friends of the River has many ways you can get involved and volunteer. From data entry to helping mail thank you letters at the office at one of our semi-monthly volunteer nights, from riverbank and on river cleanups to tabling at events to help get the word out and enlist new volunteers! The possibilities are endless….want to learn how to be a Whitewater River Guide and teach your passion for rivers to others…or learn to become a Canoe Safety Instructor and open the world of rivers to others or just join our on-river programs as an on-shore volunteer or river docent.  Friends of the River invites you to join our community of friends, have a blast of a time, and make a meaningful difference for the rivers you care about and the world you live in.

card button gifCalifornia Rivers Day: Volunteer for the California Rivers Day and annual Capitol River Awards on Monday, May 11th, 2015 in downtown Sacramento. We are looking for between 50-60 volunteers for activities that start on Saturday, May 9th with a family-fun paddle on the Lower American River. Here is a listing of the volunteer teams and tasks FOR needs your help with and you can sign up on our Eventbrite RSVP page. This year in addition to our traditional evening event, FOR is hosting 20-plus local river groups from across the state at the 1st annual California Rivers Day at the State Capitol. The day will involve a pancake breakfast and paddle to the Capitol, a fair on the Capitol grounds with a noon program and press event, meetings with legislative offices, and an evening reception. Download a flyer with more event details here.

Information & Advocacy TablesOutreach/Tabling: Table and enlist new friends for our rivers at fairs, film and music festivals, or a local farmers market. FOR will train you how to table and set you up with an experienced table to show you how easy it is to share your love of rivers with others. We do in-person and call-in table trainings so you can be a confident and compeling advocate for rivers and FOR. Our next trainings are March 31st and April 2nd by phone and begin at 7pm. Email us to participate.

Events: Help is always appreciated with registration, setup, cleanup, and even food prep and serving at selected events.

Office: It is always busy at the FOR office in midtown Sacramento and we use help with data entry, mailings, online postings, and much more. Email us if you have special office skills or experiance with desktop, publishing, Adobe Creative Suite

Internships: FOR offers spring policy and outreach internships with our policy and outreach staff as well as a summer legal internship program supervised by our Senior Legal Counsel. See below for our current internship openings.

Canoe Instruction Program: Our new Canoe program can use on-shore help with equipment, outings, and classes and you can learn to become a canoe instructor.

End of the Season Party Circle 1Whitewater Rafting Program: Our 30+ year old rafting program can use assistance with our 3 summer BBQ’s outings on the South Fork American River as well as on-shore help with equipment and other trips, and you can learn to become a river advocate and whitewater guide.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the volunteer activities email us at with your contact information and what you are interested in volunteering to do.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to YOU joining our volunteer community!

It takes a lot of friends to save rivers – won’t you be a friend of the river?




legal teamLegal Internship - Summer 2015 legal program - closed
FOR takes the lead in protecting California's rivers. In just one of our recent cases, we have been fighting to protect the trees that line the rivers and levees of the state. These trees and shrubs provide a significant share of the state's riparian habitat and need our protection from a misguided attempt by the federal government to clear-cut them all. The internship will work doing legal research, citing cases, and helping to prepare the legal team for motions, hearings and trial. Law school students preferred and multiple openings during the summer.

For more information on internship opportunties: Contact our Senior Legal Counsel, Bob Wright at or 916-442-3155 ext 207.




new internsTo apply for any of our open internships or volunteer openings send your resume and contact information to – be sure to include the title(s) of internships listed below that you are interested in and a cover letter telling us why your interested in helping to save California’s rivers! A cover letter describing why you would like to intern or volunteer with Friends of the River is strongly encouraged and a writing sample of between 3-10 pages is required for internship applicants.

Friends of the River, 1418 20th Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA  95811
(888) 464-2477, (916) 442-3155, (916) 442-3396 fax


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Friends of the River is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on any basis.

MISSION: Friends of the River protects and restores California Rivers by influencing public policy and inspiring citizen action

ABOUT US: Friends of the River was founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from New Melones Dam. Following that campaign, the group grew to become California's statewide river conservation organization. Friends of the River is dedicated to preserving and restoring California's rivers, streams, and their watersheds as well as advocating for sustainable water management.

Friends of the River is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse impacts of dams on rivers and ecosystems and is the most effective grassroots organization working on behalf of rivers. Friends of the River led successful campaigns for the permanent protection of many outstanding California rivers and streams - including the Kings, Kern, Merced, Tuolumne, upper Klamath, West Walker, East Carson, Sisquoc, and Big Sur Rivers; as well as Sespe Creek and Cache Creek. Friends of the River has 3,500 members, 10 staff, and a 12 member Board of Directors.

Friends of the River has helped create many watershed-based citizens' groups, among them Friends of the Trinity River, Friends of the Kern River, the South Yuba River Citizens League, the Tuolumne River Preservation Trust and the Stanislaus River Council. We also coordinate or participate in several major statewide and national campaigns and coalitions, including The American River Coalition, Restore the Delta, The California Hydropower Reform Coalition, The Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign, California Wild Heritage Campaign and The Environmental Water Caucus.  

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