Bureau of Land Management
Work as a representative for the BLM at the most popular boat launch for the Wild and Scenic Upper Missouri River in beautiful, remote North Central Montana!
5/15/2022 – 9/30/2022
Volunteer campground hosts at Coal Banks Landing Campground work a 7 days on, 7 days off schedule, allowing them time to rest, and explore the beauty and adventures that Montana has to offer. The campground host is primarily responsible for ensuring fees are paid for multi-day river trips and campground services, as well as monitoring the drinking water system and collecting river trip departure forms. Hosts can also expect to disseminate information regarding paddling the river, explaining rules and regulations, ensuring visitors have all required equipment, posting weather forecasts and river flows, etc. Campground hosts are also expected to maintain the facilities at Coal Banks by cleaning and stocking the two vault toilets, watering and mowing the lawn and occasionally running a string-trimmer and z-turn mower.
Coal Banks Landing campground is fortunate enough to have an incredible log cabin as a visitor contact station with WiFi and electricity.
The host trailer-pads are full service with water, electricity and septic.
An average shift at Coal Banks would consist of taking the daily chlorine residual reading and recording the outcome, as well as making adjustments if necessary. Then, ensuring the custodial services are completed. Visitors may be arriving to prepare to launch for their multi-day voyage, so making contact to educate visitors on rules and regulations of the Monument as well as required equipment and fee compliance. Campground hosts are also responsible for filling our departure forms for paddlers. Also, light maintenance of the campground facilities might be necessary, such as watering the lawn, operating the provided z-turn lawnmower and possible operating the string-trimmer.
- Boat Operation
- Conservation Education
- General Assistance
- Hand Power Tools
- Map Reading
- Visitor Information
- Working with People
Coal Banks Landing Campground is located approximately 12 miles from the town of Big Sandy, MT. The campground sits on the bank of the Missouri River at river mile 41.5. The environment in the summer is typically hot and dry, with occasional rain/thunderstorms. North Central Montana is rural, agricultural area with few trees, except for along the riparian river corridor, where Coal Banks is located.