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#TheRiverIsMyOffice

Join us in celebrating the people who can say #TheRiverIsMyOffice! A nationwide community of professionals work to ensure the health and wise management of these and other rivers: dedicated advocates, legislative leaders, agency planners, and field staff... along with river guides, engineers, legal experts, and YOU. RMS members, river-colleagues and friends: post your videos stories and photos on social media and be sure to use the hashtag #TheRiverIsMyOffice so that we can include them! Check out our YouTube playlist to see and share all of these videos.



Share a video of your river office!

Our goal is to showcase exactly what your job is like and why it's so important. We hope to inspire future generations of river professionals and to cultivate an appreciation for the people that protect and maintain our rivers. This can be shot entirely on your phone, so don't fret over not having a fancy camera or studio. We will do the editing for you! Check out this Example Video shot entirely on iPhone with Voice Memo for the voice recorder.

Main Footage: The Interview 

In your video interview, please respond to one question from each of the categories below in this order: start with what you do first, into why you do it, and finish on the message you want to share. Please do not exceed 5 minutes.

Tips before your record:
  • Find a well-lit area that is relatively quiet. If you want a river in the background, be sure to be well enough away that the noise won’t overpower your voice.
  • It’s really helpful to write out answers to your selected interview questions. Practice them, but not to the point where it sounds scripted! Remember this is a fun selfie video!
  • Sometimes it’s helpful to have a second source capturing sound, like an iPhone just out of frame on voice recorder. Be sure to keep track of which takes are the right ones.
  • Record your entire interview in ONE take, without moving the camera.
Category 1: What You Do
    • What is a typical day like for you?
    • Was there a precise moment when you knew you wanted to dedicate your life to river management? If so, describe the circumstances and what you did to pivot, accelerate or reframe your life plan!?
    • Consider where you are now. What piece of advice would you give yourself back when you just started your career in river management?
Category 2: Why You Do It
    • How does your work benefit or impact the public(whether it be on the river, in the lab, in the classroom, in the biz, or in public service....)?
    • What is an example of a struggle or problem  the rivers face that you help manage/make better?
    • What is one positive shift or outcome you’ve seen from the river work you’re involved in?
Category 3: The Message You Want to Share
    • What actions would you encourage colleagues, students and fans of outdoor pursuits to take in order to support our rivers?
    • What is one easy thing anyone  can do or begin to practice today that would help you in your area of river work?
    • What is one change that might be a challenge to implement, but would make the biggest impact on the rivers you work to manage or protect?

B-ROLL: A Day in the Life Footage from the Field

Consider the questions and answers you recorded, and determine a few key things in your daily routine you can capture on video to really elaborate and support the information you’re offering. This footage may play in the background while your recorded interview (main footage and sound) is used for the voice over - so you don't necessarily need speaking in B-ROLL footage unless it’s to explain something helpful or interesting. Be sure to get wide shots of your work space (office, river, etc). Please do not exceed 5 minutes.


Uploading Your Footage

We will do the editing for your video! All you need to do is shoot the footage and submit B-roll and sound. Here's how:

  1. Navigate to this folder.
  2. Click NEW > FOLDER > and name it your full name. In this folder, upload all clips and sound files. Be sure to follow renaming information below.
    1. Upload the interview video file to your personal folder in Video Selfie folder. Rename the file: YOUR NAME - INTERVIEW - 1.
    2. Upload the sound file to your personal folder as well. Rename the file: YOUR NAME - SOUND - 1. 
    3. Upload the B-Roll video file(s) to your personal folder in Video Selfie folder. Rename the file(s): YOUR NAME - B-ROLL1 (continue number sequence).
  3. Once they’ve been uploaded into your own folder, please email [email protected] and [email protected] a notification that includes:
    1. Your Name
    2. Your Job Title
    3. How many years you’ve work in river management. 

Check out these Stories from our State River Managers

You may be one of the millions who enjoy the outdoors each year by visiting rivers, to wade, skip a stone, fish, float, or simply walk along side and enjoy the view. Your hosts are river managers, park rangers and other town, county, state or federal staff who know and provide facilities, information and the means to keep folks safe on and off the water. We thank them for their skill and commitment to rivers and further, to the expertise and care necessary to manage them wisely. (Video stories of Lisa Machnik, Colin Maas, Larry Freilich, Lisa Byers, Lynette Ripley, Shana Stewart Deeds,  and Ryan Turner) View Stories from our River Managers