Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) is an AmeriCorps program that assists Montana’s watershed
communities to make a measurable difference in local conservation efforts while strengthening the
experience of young professionals.
BSWC members develop and implement climate resiliency initiatives through stream and riparian
restoration projects, re-vegetation projects, low-tech process-based restoration, drought planning,
water quality/quantity monitoring, riparian fencing, river clean-ups, terrestrial/aquatic invasive species
removal, abandoned mine reclamation, beaver mimicry, irrigation infrastructure improvements,
watershed inventories and so much more! BSWC members also promote watershed health and natural
resource conservation through outreach and education by engaging local communities through lessons
in schools, community field days, workshops, trainings, and volunteer opportunities. Overall, BSWC
members confront climate change with innovative solutions developed in direct partnership with
community organizations and local stakeholders.
Term of Service: 1/9/23-11/17/23
Living Stipend: $800 biweekly;
Health Insurance: Provided at no cost;
Education Award: $6,945 upon successful completion of the program;
Professional Training/Certification: ArcGIS-Certificate from U.C. Davis; Accredited Experiential
Education-Instructor Certification; Principles of Fundraising, Philanthropy & Grant Writing;
Communication, Marketing & Outreach Best Practices; Federal, State, and Private Fundraising Strategies
& Good Grant Management Workshop; Standard Operating Procedures in Water Quality & Quantity
Collection; The Science & People behind Agriculture & Irrigation; Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring
and Education Certification
Member Assistance Program: Free access to confidential mental health
• College degree (B.A./B.S.), preferably in watershed, agriculture, environment, or education
• Effective written and oral communication skills.
• Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, ability to pass a motor vehicle records check, US
Citizenship or ability to work in the US.
• Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment.
• Ability to provide personal transportation to worksites, housing, and trainings.
• Previous watershed-related experience, fieldwork, data collection & analysis or plan
• Previous teaching or volunteer management experience.
• Ability to work with and build consensus among diverse stakeholders.
• Open and adaptable to new environments, different perspectives and rural communities.
• Previous work or volunteer experience with local stakeholder, watershed or natural resource
About Montana Conservation Corps
Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) is a nationally-recognized nonprofit that instills hope and purpose in a new generation of young leaders who get things done to improve our lands and communities. Through hands-on service, our participants, including teens, young adults, and veterans, develop the self-awareness, grit, people skills, connection to place, and respect for their own power to enact change, to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their communities. In turn, these young leaders improve hundreds of miles of trails and tens of thousands of acres of habitat each year. In 2017, over 600 youth, from local communities and reservations, and recruited nationally into our AmeriCorps program, will serve on a crew or as an intern for 3 to 11 months. MCC is based in Bozeman, MT, with regional offices in Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. We work throughout the Northern Rockies and Plains.