Overview

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 counseling, medical advocacy, financial assistance, legal assistance, life coaching and more!

The Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) is an AmeriCorps program created through collaboration between the Montana Conservation Corps, the Montana Watershed Coordination Council and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana. The BSWC utilizes community based initiatives to protect, preserve and restore local watersheds throughout Montana.

MCC seeks to provide access and opportunity to a diverse group of staff and participants, while continuing to identify and reduce barriers to being involved in our organization and programs. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing an application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to [email protected]

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS WITH PRIORITY GIVEN TO THOSE SUBMITTED BY SEPTEMBER 25TH. EARLY APPLICATIONS ENCOURAGED!

APPLICATON & MORE INFO AT: https://www.mtcorps.org/joinmcc/individual-placement-programs/big-sky-watershed-corps.html

Tagged as: Conservation, Full Time, Research/Science and Technical, Teaching/Education, Water Skills

Qualifications:

• College degree (B.A./B.S.), preferably in watershed, agriculture, environment, or education related field.
• 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.

Required Skills:

•Work with Host Site staff/mentors to develop and implement watershed-related field projects; assist Host Site staff/mentors in the completion of watershed-related plans.
•Recruit and manage volunteers on field and service projects; ensure participant safety on all projects.
•Develop materials (brochures, posters, etc.) to use in community presentations; conduct community outreach to educate stakeholders about watershed issues.
•Help develop and write watershed-related plans, proposals and reports.

Preferred Skills:

•Previous watershed-related experience, fieldwork, data collection & analysis or plan development.
•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 groups.

About Montana Conservation Corps

Montana Conservation Corps' (MCC) promise is to ignite the potential - for leadership, for service, for action and resilience - that exists in every person. Founded in 1991, MCC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves Montana (and neighboring states), with offices in Bozeman, Helena, Missoula, and Kalispell. MCC receives Federal grant money through the Corporation for National & Community Service, which is used to provide participant stipends and education awards, as well as to support our programming. By weaving together leadership development, teamwork, civic engagement, and work-skills training with direct service to our lands and communities, MCC helps members develop competencies for achieving success. In return, our corps members protect amazing wild places. While most of the work we accomplish is in the field, our main goal is not to build trails but to help members develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to be active citizens in their community.

Application Instructions

APPLICATON & MORE INFO AT: https://www.mtcorps.org/joinmcc/individual-placement-programs/big-sky-watershed-corps.html