Development Manager

FOR has an immediate opening for a full-time employee in our Sacramento office to coordinate fundraising activities that support our programs and campaigns. This includes managing direct mail and membership development, event organizing, grant management and related administrative duties. This person will report to the Executive Director who allocates at least 25 percent of his time to development. The position also enjoys significant support from other staff, board members and volunteers with fundraising woven into almost everything we do.

This is a tremendous opportunity to join a committed team working to promote the stewardship of California’s Rivers. The ideal candidate will be a motivated individual who is resourceful, detail-oriented and takes initiative to juggle multiple duties and get the job done. This is an exempt position with benefits and a salary commensurate to experience.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Direct Mail—Manage membership renewals, special appeals, social media outreach, database management, and other member communications.
  • Fundraising Events—Coordinate fundraising events such as FOR’s California River Awards and the Capital River Awards which generate more than a third of FOR’s annual income.
  • Grant Management—Support the Executive Director in researching, cultivating and pursuing foundation grants.


  • 1-2 years of fundraising or related experience including event organizing.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Self-directed, reliable, resourceful, and detail-oriented with impeccable integrity.
  • Proficient in MS Office, database management, and social media.
  • Able to work effectively as part of team or individually as needed.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to FOR’s mission and values.
  • Experience and knowledge of river and water conservation issues is a plus, not mandatory.


How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to with “Development Manager Application” in the subject line. The position will be open until filled, with the first round of interviews starting mid-August. FOR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Check out other ways to collaborate with us through internships, volunteer opportunities or Friends of the River membership.

in Policy, Outreach, and Legal

FOR takes the lead in protecting California’s rivers. In 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. Your internship would involve legal research, citing cases, and helping to prepare the legal team for motions, hearings and trial. Law school students are preferred, and multiple openings may be available in the Summer months.

Every Spring, we offer policy and outreach internships with our staff.
During the summer, we offer a legal internship program supervised by our Senior Legal Counsel.

For more information on internship opportunities,
contact our Senior Legal Counsel, Bob Wright, at or 916-442-3155 Ext 207

Give-A-Day & Get-A-Day Program

Give a day saving rivers with FOR and get a day on the river with us!

We offer all new volunteers the opportunity to get on river for free when you give a day volunteering with Friends of the River. Check out all of the opportunities, and get in touch with us how you’d like to get involved.

Help with data entry or mailing thank you letters at the office at one of our semi-monthly volunteer nights. Get outdoors on the riverbank and during river clean-ups. Hit the streets with public outreach and tabling events to get the word out, helping enlist new volunteers and build our community! 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, or learn about what it is to be a river docent? There are endless possibilities! 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.

Current volunteers click HERE
for volunteer resources info.
Basic Whitewater Guide Training

Want to join the fight to help preserve and restore California’s rivers? Want to help in a fun and exciting way?
Become a river guide for FOR’s River Volunteer Outreach Program! As a guide you will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about California’s wild rivers, to get involved with the efforts to protect these wonderful waterways and to share your passion and knowledge with the public!

Our Basic Guide Training is a course for those who are both new to boating as well as private boaters who are looking to get involved with the community and help spread the word about the rivers we love.

To apply fill out our Basic Training Application and e-mail it to Toby Briggs, or mail it to our address below.
We will be in touch about upcoming volunteer river guide opportunities once received!



To apply for any of our open internships or volunteer opportunities listed above, send us your resume and contact information.
Be sure to include the internship type you are interested in (Policy, Legal, or Outreach) and/or the volunteer opportunity of interest.

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.

Send to:
Friends of the River
1418 20th Street, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95811
Fax: (916) 442-3396