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Roundtable: From the Mouths of Moms: Balancing Riverwork vs. Homework
Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 3:30 AM - 4:30 PM EDT
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From the Mouths of Moms: Balancing Riverwork vs. Homework

River Management Roundtable
Aug. 23 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
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From attempting to manage remote schooling to rearranging their workdays to fill child-care gaps, there’s no question it’s mothers who have been, more often than not, shouldering the increased responsibilities of caring for kids through the pandemic.  For most working parents, juggling childcare challenges with work responsibilities, even when not in a pandemic, takes a toll.

While the burden should be shared by both parents, working moms are still 28% more likely to experience burnout than fathers. In fact, 53% of parents say that mom is the primary caregiver in their home (according to data provided to CNBC from a recent survey of nearly 500 parents). 

Join RMS as we hear how two river management professionals balance family demands with their daily responsibilities: Amy Niles, New Braunfels (TX) River Operations Manager, and Bobbie Jo Roshone, Niobrara National Scenic River Park Ranger.


Amy Niles

Amy Niles began working for the City of New Braunfels February of 2015 as the Watershed Inspector. In January of 2016 she moved into the role of River Operations Manager, finding this role was well suited to her education and background. She enjoys working in the community and the problem-solving aspect of her job the most, making every day a new challenge. Amy graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelors of Science in Water Resources, a minor in Tourism, and a certificate in Environmental Interpretation. She also has a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management from the University of Denver. Before joining the City of New Braunfels team, she worked for the Edwards Aquifer Authority on their Public Outreach and Education team. Amy is currently a member of the River Management Society and has been Chair of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Natural Resources Committee since 2019. She was a recipient in the inaugural 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of New Braunfels in 2017. Amy cofounded the Dos Rios Watershed Cleanup, which has occurred annually since 2017. She loves living in New Braunfels with her husband and 5 children, and has a little one on the way!

Bobbie Jo Roshone

Bobbie Jo Roshone grew up on the Eleven Point, Current, and Jacks Fork Rivers in southern Missouri. A lifetime river lover led to her first post-high school summer job working for Ozark National Scenic Riverways (NPS) as a park guide. After seven summers and a degree in history, she decided to branch out to other rivers in the National Park Service. In 2014, Niobrara National Scenic River in Valentine, Nebraska offered her a position as seasonal Park Ranger (I). After a winter internship with the Fish and Wildlife Service in Kentucky, she found herself back in Valentine, and in 2016 was offered the permanent Park Ranger (I) position at Niobrara. She met her husband in Valentine and they now have a 17 month-old toddler that likes to play in the river with Mom.


River Management Roundtables are open to both RMS members and non-members. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required! We share recordings from our Roundtables, so even if you can't make it, you can register to receive the recording and links. You can access this recording as well as dozens of previous Roundtables, webinars and workshops in our River Training Channel.


About RMS River Management Roundtables

Each month, the River Management Society hosts virtual conversations with professional river, greenway, and water trails leaders, planners, and managers whose community, region, state and federal river will benefit from the experiences of peer-to-peer sharing. Our goal is to facilitate an open forum to support your work managing rivers. We work together to tackle common issues by asking questions, sharing solutions and building comradery.