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Physical Address:

CRG Science & Education Center,
181 Pettigrew Lane (Meadowood Park)
Tornado, WV 25202

Mailing Address:

PO Box 363,
 St. Albans, WV 25177



Tour de Coal, 2016, with the Coal River Group

Coal River Group Boat Rental and Water Trail Internship

Summer 2017

The Coal River Group is looking for interns for the summer of 2017 to help operate the Coal River Canoe & Kayak Rental business.

Interns will be primarily tasked with day-to-day operations of the Coal River Group's boat rental business. Responsibilities will include: managing and maintaining boats and equipment; shuttling rental boats and passengers to their put-in/take-out site; handling business transactions for boat rentals and gear purchases; providing safety orientations to boaters; and marketing of the rental program.

Interns will also engage in maintenance of the Coal River Water Trail. Tasks will include: creating an inventory of existing signage throughout the 100 miles of water trail, and working with volunteers to replace needed signs.

Special Projects:

  • All Coal River Group internships include a youth outreach component. For this position, interns will coordinate several "Kids Outdoor Days" events, which will give local kids the opportunity to kayak and canoe
  • Based on the intern's individual experience, side projects may include marketing, GIS/GPS mapping, water quality monitoring, and other projects
  • As a final deliverable upon completion of the position, interns will prepare a report on entrepreneurship in outdoor recreation.

Details & Requirements:

This is a full-time, 10-week summer internship program that will take place at the CRG River Center in Tornado, WV. The intern schedule will include flexible hours and days, allowing the three interns to coordinate their work schedules and carpool from Huntington.

As this position requires handling boats, applicants for this position should be physically fit, capable of lifting 60lbs, and able to swim. First aid certifications are preferred.

Upon completing the internship, interns will be awarded a $1000 scholarship.

Download application here.

Tour de Coal 2017 Sponsors Needed

Run for the River 2017 Sponsors Needed

Exciting News!

Download the new Coal River Watertrail App

Visit the Apple App Store, the Android App Store, or Google Apps

Check out the new Coal River Water Trail Website!

Coal River Group featured in Perspective section of West Virginia Gazette

Here are the links to two great articles featured in the Charleston Gazette

What we do:

Upcoming Events:

  • Fall Festival - Oct 20th
  • Waggin Tails Chili Challenge - Nov 5th
  • Christmas Party - Dec 15th

The CRG's Coal River Water Trail was selected as the State Journal's Kanawha County's choice for the 55 Good Things in West Virginia for 2015. Read the full story HERE.

Coal River Group looks to future after its first decade

SEE STORY & PICTURES featured in Charleston Daily Mail HERE

WV DEP to help fund Coal River restoration restoration project

Watch news story featured on WOWKTV HERE

VIDEO: An excellent report on the restoration of the Little Coal River by the WVDEP.

Watch HERE


Upcoming Events:

Local River Levels:

USGS River Levels - Coal River at Tornado, WV
--Optimal paddling levels for the Little Coal River: 10.20 - 11.50

USGS River Levels - Big Coal River at Ashford, WV
--Optimal Paddling levels for the Big Coal: 1.9 - 5.00 high
(If the level is below 1.9, your boat will drag bottom. Levels above 5ft can be dangerous to non-experienced boaters)

USGS River Levels - Clear Fork of Big Coal at Whitesville, WV

USGS River Levels - Kanawha River at Charleston, WV

River Levels - Danville WV

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