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A Journey of Exploration

About Us

RiverWorks Discovery® educates communities about the commerce, culture, conservation, and careers of the great rivers of America and their watersheds.

Featured Career


Career Description: Performs welding and fitting in the repair of barges and vessels using welding processes, like gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW). Assists with construction/repair of marine boats and barges. Assists in preventative and routine maintenance on shipyard equipment. Cuts out and replaces sections of damaged steel on equipment. Uses power tools and tools to perform repairs and maintenance.

Average Annual Salary Range: $40,000-70,000

Average Hourly Pay Range: $19.00 - $28.00

Minimum Education:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Ability to carry heavy loads
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work in extreme weather
  • Many employers prefer applicants who have formal schooling from a technical school, community college, or through a certification course.


Hall of Fame Spotlight



The River People

Rosalie Edge

Inducted in 2018

Rosalie Edge was a conservation advocate who contributed significantly to America by preserving its river species. Born in New York City in 1877, she was the youngest of five surviving children, attending elementary school but not college.

Edge began her public life as an advocate for the equal rights for women. She profoundly helped in the enactment of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution in 1920 which gave women the right to vote. Then she turned her attention toward wildlife and conservation with a particular interest in birds.

During the Great Depression, Edge was considered the country’s most militant conservationist, encouraging the conservation community to take stronger measures to protect bird species. She founded the Emergency Conservation Committee which published and distributed numerous pamphlets through the years urging wildlife protection organizations to increase their effectiveness. She became the first American woman to achieve national acclaim as a conservationist.  

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