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Individual Placement Programs

Big Sky Watershed Corps

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Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC)

BSWC members work throughout Montana with a partner agency referred to as a “host site”.  BSWC is a year long extensive experience.  You will gain first hand skills with resource management, community engagement, and education.  Over your year, you will make a measurable difference in local conservation efforts while gaining valuable hands-on professional skills in natural resources. BSWC is offered through a partnership of the Montana Association of Conservation Districts, the Montana Watershed Coordination Council, and the Montana Conservation Corps.

[Image Description: An MCC Member holds a clipboard as they reach for the measuring tape in the grass below, appearing to be conducting a survey.]

Members of this program serve with a host site completing natural resources-related projects. Members receive training in outreach & communication, grant writing & management, hydrologic field techniques, Montana agricultural management, GIS, and more. BSWC members project focus and outcomes vary depending on the host site members are serving with. To learn more about what some past members have accomplished during their term of service check out the past projects links on the IPP home page.  

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“I thoroughly enjoyed my term of service with BSWC, it was both challenging and rewarding. I was definitely pushed to a level of a professional standard above any time previously in my life. This personal growth has prepared me to enter the workforce as more than just a laborer by introducing me to a level of responsibility and expectation that many people my age do not experience. I don't think I would have been able to find my place here without the connections this program fostered. I have developed into an entirely new person, one that my previous self could hardly have dreamed of.”

- BSWC Member

Please contact the Individual Placement Team at or call with any questions 406-587-4475 x102.