FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT - Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellow  
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
DATE: Summer 2017 to Summer 2019
APPLICATIONS DUE: January 31, 2017
ANNUAL STIPEND: $43,000 plus benefits*
**Questions should be directed to lap...@americanrivers.org**

The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers 
provides an excellent professional development opportunity for talented 
post-graduates pursuing careers in the field of conservation advocacy. 
Recent graduate degree (MA/MS/PhD/JD/MBA) recipients will focus on an 
applied research project that will make a tangible contribution to 
American Rivers’ mission. Working with a team of professional staff, the 
Fellow will apply practical research and advocacy skills, and develop a 
network of professional contacts in their field of expertise. The Fellow 
will be an integral part of a dynamic organization comprised of 
experienced conservationists and emerging leaders, and will participate 
in a range of river conservation activities.

This fellowship honors the memory of Anthony A. Lapham who served for 
many years on the board of American Rivers, including as its Chairman. 
The program reflects his integrity, intellect, concern for humanity and 
commitment to excellence. We seek candidates who possess these 

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 an annual America’s 
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 www.americanrivers.org 

The goals of the Anthony A. Lapham Fellowship Program are to develop the 
next generation of conservation leaders, and to generate work products 
that directly support the mission and goals of American Rivers. 
Advancements in river conservation will be especially important during 
the coming years due to the extreme pressure on rivers, headwater 
streams and freshwater supplies brought on by climate change, population 
growth and demographic change, and development. We need to develop the 
next generation of skilled leaders who can promote practical 
environmental solutions that achieve measurable results for natural and 
human communities.

The Lapham Fellow will help shape community-oriented solutions to river 
conservation challenges, educate civic leaders about the benefits of 
healthy rivers, inform legislative and legal proceedings, and influence 
opinion leaders. The Fellowship includes the implementation of a project 
that directly supports the goals of one or more of American Rivers’ 
conservation programs.

The Fellow will play an important role in implementing American Rivers’ 
strategic plan, which identifies 11 priority river basins where we will 
focus our work over the next five years. The Fellow’s project will 
contribute to our efforts in one of our priority basins and fall within 
one of three categories: (1) sustainably managing freshwater resources 
to preserve quality and flow; (2) restoring the natural functions of 
rivers, wetlands and floodplains; or (3) conserving America’s heritage 
by protecting our remaining free-flowing rivers and connecting 
communities to their rivers. Projects might include exploration of the 
potential of particular river conservation strategies; economic analysis 
of the contributions of healthy rivers to employment, property values, 
public health and safety and other community priorities; the impacts of 
poorly managed rivers on water supply, flooding or public safety; or the 
potential for certain policy prescriptions or best management practices 
to contribute to river health and community welfare. The topics are 
developed based on the needs of the organization and the interests of 
the successful Fellowship candidate. The Fellow will publish results in 
an appropriate format and present their project results to various 
audiences including American Rivers’ staff. For more information and to 
view a complete list of the priority river basins, go to 

The 24-month Fellowship will be supported by a team of conservation 
staff and members of our Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, 
which includes some of the nation’s foremost experts on freshwater 
conservation science and policy. Conducting an applied research project 
under the guidance of expert advocates will provide the Fellow with 
invaluable experience as they begin their career. In general, the first 
year of the Fellowship is spent researching the decided project, and the 
second year is spent implementing the project on the ground. Based on 
the parameters of the project and available resources, there is the 
potential for opportunities to travel to the river basin that is the 
focus of the project or even to be relocated in the second year.

Fellows will be provided with opportunities for professional experiences 
unique to Washington, DC, including legal and policy, economic, and 
scientific analysis of federal legislation and proposed rules, lobbying 
training, participation in meetings with congressional offices and 
federal agency officials, and attendance at congressional hearings, 
federal court proceedings, etc. Additionally, Fellows will engage in 
organizational activities including staff meetings and retreats and 
National River Cleanup® activities.

•       Graduate degree in environmental science, stream ecology, 
hydrology, geomorphology, public health, public policy, law, natural 
resource economics, engineering, or related fields
•       Dedication to environmental principles
•       Extensive research and analysis skills
•       High academic achievement
•       Proven leadership ability
•       Effective verbal and written communication skills
•       High degree of personal integrity
•       Exceptional interpersonal skills
•       Ability to work both autonomously and as a member of a team in a 
professional environment
•       Ability to travel as necessary

APPLICATION DETAILS can be found at: 

Questions should be directed to lap...@americanrivers.org

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer Candidates of all 
backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

*Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellows are eligible for health 
and dental insurance as well as generous leave benefits.  

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