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Employer:  American Rivers.
Categories:  Other
Travel Required:  26-50%
Job Type:  Full Time
Preferred Degree:  Bachelors
Experience Required:  2-3 years
State/Province:  CO - Colorado
City:  Denver
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

TITLE: Intermountain West Blue Trails Manager
CLASSIFICATION: Associate Director                  
WAGE CATEGORY: Exempt            
REPORTS TO: Director, River Protection Program 
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado

American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams.  Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations.  Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide.  American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance.  For more information please

The Manager will lead our efforts to develop a network of Blue Trails in the Intermountain West with the goal of connecting people to nature, stimulating economic growth, bolstering existing land and water conservation efforts, and improving the quality of life for rural communities.  Blue Trails provide family-friendly recreation, such as boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and wildlife-watching, and are an innovative way to preserve rivers and their surrounding landscapes.  They foster increased outdoor educational opportunities, access to river recreation, and a healthier, more active lifestyle, especially for underserved communities. The Manager will implement our vision to create ribbons of vibrant Blue Trails that will stretch from Montana to New Mexico in a system of interconnected, protected, economically vibrant, and recreationally significant rivers and communities. We will achieve this vision by engaging communities, catalyzing recreation and associated economic development, and ensuring the protection of riverside lands. The Manager will work closely with American Rivers’ staff in our Washington, DC headquarters and Denver and Bozeman field offices.

  • Lead American Rivers’ efforts in the Intermountain West to establish Blue Trails, improve recreational opportunities, and protect rivers and riverside lands.
  • Develop a comprehensive regional assessment of communities that are best suited for Blue Trail development.
  • Assist communities step-by-step through the process of developing Blue Trails using American Rivers’ proven approach.
  • Manage a team of staff and local organizations working to develop Blue Trails across the Intermountain West.
  • Develop and disseminate Blue Trail educational and outreach tools.
  • Leverage state and federal resources.
  • Establish a training and grants program to provide even greater assistance and support in the region.
  • Build and work with diverse coalitions of local conservation and recreation organizations, hunters and anglers, businesses, community leaders, private landowners, and scientists in support of river protection.
  • Educate local elected officials and congressional members about the importance of river protection as appropriate.
  • Participate and support River Protection organizational activities and priorities in the Intermountain West region and nationally.
  • With the Communications Team, develop and implement media strategies to build local and congressional support for river protection efforts.
  • Develop campaign materials and communications including web content, social media content, brochures, fact sheets, and sign-on letters.
  • Assist in drafting letters of intent, grant proposals and grant reports.
  • Represent American Rivers at conferences, press events, and other public events.
  • Ensure that the work of this position is communicated to and coordinated with the River Protection Program team to ensure that annual goals and objectives are being met and regional field work is integrated with national work.


  • An insightful, curious, pragmatic, and strategic mind with a good sense of humor.
  • Strong passion for protecting Intermountain West rivers
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience working in the area of natural resource policy or management at a state, regional, or federal level
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders including local municipalities, conservation groups, landowners, and volunteers  
  • Familiarity with the political and social dynamics in the Intermountain West
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills required
  • Highly organized and able to meet deadlines
  • Team player and demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues to advance an organization’s broader goals
  • Experience writing grant proposals, reports, and other fundraising activities desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited direct supervision
  • Respect for diverse viewpoints and good listening skills
  • Ability and willingness to paddle rivers and transport gear as needed
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends, and to travel extensively

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time employee benefits include dental, health, and life insurance, retirement plan, and generous leave time.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to: with “Intermountain West Blue Trails Manager Position” in the subject line or to American Rivers, Attn: Intermountain West Blue Trails Manager Position, 1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20005. No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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