Join our volunteer program and help make a difference for the Clark Fork River
Are you someone who likes to roll up your sleeves for the river? Join our Volunteer River Corps (VRC) for fun and engaging opportunities to make a difference for the river, whether it’s in urban areas like Missoula, or rural reaches of the watershed.
What’s do volunteers do? VRC members have hiked 12+ miles in snowshoes to collect valuable snow pack data. They remove trash and debris from the river, and brave thorny conditions to fight invasive weeds. They plant shrubs and trees to revive stream banks and riparian areas. VRC members also assist at Coalition events, and help inform the public about watershed topics and news. It can be hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun, it feels great, and you meet some wonderful folks along the way!
You’ve got talent. The river has needs. We do our best to make a good match between the two so that your hard work has the most benefit for the watershed. Artists, hearty hikers, engineers, kids, teachers… everyone can contribute! Some VRC members are retirees with extensive technical experience. Others are young people who want to learn real-world skills. We will train you for on-the-ground projects and help expand your knowledge and skills so you can help with specialized activities and projects. Fill out a volunteer application today and we’ll help connect you with the right job.
Examples of VRC projects:
- Remove dangerous fencing
- Help eradicate invasive species
- Plant new vegetation
- Water plants and install browse protectors to ensure new vegetation gets a healthy start
- Lead and/or assist with river cleanups throughout the basin
- Monitor snowpack to help agencies track and report on stream flows
- Assess water quality and habitat before and after restoration work
Advocacy and other work:
- Send alerts and write letters to the editor
- Hang event posters and distribute newsletters and flyers
- Help at Coalition events
- Speak on behalf of the river at hearings or other venues
Helping Community Partners
Our volunteers are providing help beyond the walls of the Clark Fork Coalition. We work alongside community partners and agencies such as the Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) and Missoula’s Parks and Recreation Department. Through the NRCS partnership, volunteers help collect valuable data on snowpack and snow density, helping the agency to predict late season streamflows. With Parks and Rec we’re teaming up to give heavily-used riverside trails and waterways a little TLC through restoration and monitoring projects.
By partnering with other organizations and agencies, VRC members not only address natural resource management needs, they become part of a growing network of watershed stewards who are prepared and willing to go to bat for clean water and healthy rivers for years to come.
You will also find CFC volunteers attending issue briefings, traveling with us to Helena on conservation lobby days, and joining us for community celebrations. Many of our volunteers are also our most consistent and active members who email us with updates on watershed issues and concerns. Others post their own updates to our social media sites, and inspire their own friends to do the same. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization — won’t you join us today?
Why Join Volunteer River Corps?
- To make a difference for the watershed
- To give back to the river you use and enjoy, ensuring its health for the future
- To build real-world skills that boost your knowledge, skills, and resume
- To fulfill service requirements
- To make new friends
- To get out and see some less-treaded parts of the watershed
- To earn membership perks and CFC giveaways
- To have FUN!
For more information about upcoming projects and activities, please contact Outreach and Learning Coordinator Ellie Rial at firstname.lastname@example.org.