We are now recruiting for the VCU – River Management Society “River Studies and Leadership Certificate“! This program can be pursued as either an undergraduate or graduate student.
Rivers play a central role in shaping landscapes and creating biologically diverse and unique ecosystems; they also form the foundation of cultures, economies, and communities. Indeed, rivers connect us to nature, to our past, and to each other. Leaders of the future with an understanding of the fundamentals of river sciences, river-related policy and management, and river-based recreation and education will be best equipped to make sustainable decisions about future uses, studies and management of river systems around the world. A new generation of young leaders is essential to create a brighter future for our nation’s rivers.
VCU has partnered with the River Management Society (RMS) to offer the “River Studies and Leadership Certificate” program, awarded upon completion of river-focused coursework and a river-related professional project by RMS. VCU is one of only 12 schools to offer this program nationwide.
THIS FALL SEMESTER — career development opportunities!!
To support recruitment and professional development, RMS has partnered with the USFS, to host a virtual discussion series for current, prospective, and alumni RSLC students called Braided Channels: Opportunities for River Careers from Sept. to Dec 2021. Each discussion will touch on the RSLC program and feature interactive Q&A related to beginning a river-related career. Please see the attached flyer. Faculty and advisors are also welcome to join.
Click the following links to register for the discussions:
- Sept. 16, 3-4pm ET: Answers about river-related work on public lands
- Oct. 7, 3-4pm ET: Getting started with Federal Career Pathways
- Nov 10, 3-4pm ET: How opportunities relate to cultural and social priorities on public lands
- Dec. 2, 3-4pm ET: Leveraging your education, certifications, and special skills
Also specifically for VCU
- Sept. 22, 9-10am ET: recent VCU RSLC alum Katherine Schmidt will speak as part of this fall’s virtual ENVS “Careers, Conversation, & Coffee” series. Read more about Katie and her Lapham Fellowship at American Rivers.
Lean more about RSLC at VCU
VCU River Students in the News
- Meet our most recent VCU RSLC grads
- Katherine Schmidt awarded prestigious Lapham Fellowship at American Rivers
- These four VCU students aim to help navigate the future of the nation’s rivers
- RVA My Way: Nikki Wilkins
- Love of the wild: Graduate student blends adventure and science through outdoor recreation programs
- How much E.coli is in the James River? Just ask this VCU environmental studies major.
- ENVS grad makes watersheds REAL for area students
VCU RSLC Courses & Programs in Spotlight
- How VCU’s Center for Environmental Studies is emerging as a national leader in hands-on freshwater education
- New certificate at VCU to provide students with outdoor leadership credentials
- Virtual symposium co-hosted by VCU to shine national spotlight on Virginia’s waterways
- The River Of No Return
- Freshwater Fridays Keeps Learning REAL
- Footprints on the James
- South Africa Summits to Sea
- Scenic Natural Resources
- Swiftwater Safety