Rivanna Conservation Alliance

Board Opportunity
OrganizationRivanna Conservation Alliance
Contact Emailboardchair@rivannariver.org
Contact Phone Number(434) 977-4837
Primary Focus AreaEnvironment
Service AreasAlbemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene
Year Organization Established1990 (as Rivanna Conservation Society), merged with StreamWatch in 2016 to from the Rivanna Conservation Alliance
Number of Paid Staff5
Current Operating Budget$300,000
Board Meeting Frequency8 times per year
City In Which Board Meetings Are HeldCharlottesville

Desired skills, perspectives, experiences, and characteristics of new board members

Current RCA board members are drawn from conservation, environmental, and educational backgrounds. We seek to diversify the perspectives and demographics brought to the support of our mission. Professional or experiential skills in marketing, fundraising, and financial planning are among areas of particular interest.

Annual Time Commitment (including committee meetings, special events, work outside the board, etc.)

On average 40 hours.

Is a minimum financial contribution required?


Board Financial Commitment

$575: $75 cash contribution plus $500 that can be in-kind or facilitated donations

Prior Board experience preferred?


Does the Board have term limits?


Additional Information

The Rivanna Conservation Alliance (RCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit watershed organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia established on January 1, 2016 through a merger between the Rivanna Conservation Society (RCS) and StreamWatch.

Our vision is a healthy, thriving community that values its rivers and streams.

Our mission is the protection of the Rivanna River and its tributaries through community involvement, conservation, education, recreation, restoration, water-quality monitoring and reporting.

RCA provides the community with a set of tools and programs specifically designed to help clean and protect the Rivanna River and its tributaries. Programs include: certified water quality monitoring; student, teacher, and community education; conservation projects like buffer plantings, rain garden installations, and riparian restorations; stream cleanups; the Rivanna Kiosk Network; and the Rivanna River Stewards. RCA has a vast number of community volunteers that help the organization implement its many community-based environmental protection programs.

RCA coordinates benthic and bacteria water quality-monitoring programs throughout the Rivanna Watershed. Both monitoring programs have been certified at Level III, the highest certification available in Virginia. Having Level III certification means that local jurisdictions and state and federal government agencies can use RCA data as if their own staff members had collected it. These data can be used for river assessment reports, the development of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), and water quality decision-making. RCA has the unique distinction of being the only non-profit in Virginia, and perhaps the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed, to have achieved Level 3 certification for both monitoring techniques.

RCA facilitates the Science Advisory Committee (SAC), which helps ensure that future data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting are sound, rigorous and meets the necessary standards for acceptance by the VADEQ.

RCA owns and maintains the Scheier Natural Area in Palmyra, Virginia and regularly hosts public environmental workshops there.

To carry the clean water message to environmental decision-makers, RCA encourages and engages in a continuous dialogue with local, state and federal government officials in order to keep the health and protection of the Rivanna River at the forefront of our community’s environmental agenda.

Does The Organization have Directors & Officer's insurance?