BIG SKY WATERSHED CORPS
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.
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Location: Varies based on host site placement
Program Dates: 1/9/2023-11/17/2023
Living Allowance: $800 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $6,495 upon completion of the program
Member Assistance Program: Free access to confidential mental health services, medical advocacy, financial assistance, legal assistance, life coaching and more.
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS.
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.
Big Sky Watershed Corps member Peter Dudley is serving with the Montana Audubon this year for a second term. Take a look at some of the highlights of his projects during his 2021 term!
“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 I would guess 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 would consider myself to have developed into an entirely new person, one that my previous self could hardly have dreamed of.”
- BSWC Member