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 The voice of California's rivers


Updated February 20, 2013

Are you looking to build your resume and add real world hands-on policy and community organizing work to your list of skills? Join a fun and engaging team working to save the rivers of California. Friends of the River has openings for five internships right now and an unlimited number of volunteer positions! We have a supportive and casual office environment where you will get one-on-one attention and development as well as have the opportunity to run with projects on your own. All interns are invited on summer whitewater rafting and barbeque trips. Please check out the positions below that we are currently recruiting for and if you are interested see the "How to Apply" section at the end.




Legal Internship - Open for our summer 2013 legal program
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.


VOLUNTEER OPENINGS: (set or open schedule - no minimum time commitments)


Office Volunteer
Help send out thank you letters, do light filling, keep our library and archives organized, and fulfill member requests. We have all sorts of basic office tasks most needing no experience or special skills at all!




To 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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