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Big Sky Watershed Corps

About Big Sky Watershed Corps

The Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) Program is now accepting applications to host BSWC members for 2023. Applications are due by Friday, September 2. Additional information about hosting a member will be available during webinars on August 9 and August 24. Webinar details below.

The MWCC Watershed Fund has funding available to offset the costs of hosting a BSWC member for host sites implementing DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plans. Funding proposals are due August 26.

Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) is an AmeriCorps program that places young professionals in Montana’s watershed communities to make a measurable difference in local conservation initiatives. Since its inception in 2011, the program has become a statewide success, with members making strides in watershed research, project planning and implementation, education and outreach, and community engagement.  In 2022, 42 BSWC members are serving conservation organizations across the state, from the Yaak Valley to Carter County.  Check out the bios of this outstanding group of young conservationists here.

BSWC members serve from early January through mid-November each year. The BSWC Program accepts applications to host BSWC members each summer for the following year. For more information about hosting a BSWC member at your organization, contact MWCC Watershed Programs Coordinator Terri Nichols at To apply to serve as a BSWC member, go to the Montana Conservation Corps website.

Big Sky Watershed Corps is offered through a partnership with the Montana Association of Conservation Districts, Montana Conservation Corps, and the Montana Watershed Coordination Council.

Informational Webinars for Hosting a Member in 2023

MCC will host two introduction/orientation webinars for anyone interested in potentially hosting a BSWC member(s) for the first time in 2023. These one-hour virtual meetings will cover the basics of the BSWC program and address questions of potential first-time host sites and supervisors. It is NOT required but highly recommended for any first time host site partners/supervisors. The webinars will cover the same information so interested parties can attend one webinar that best meets their schedule.

Wednesday, August 24th @ 9 AM


Tuesday, August 9th @ 1 PM

“The Big Sky Watershed Corps program provided many unique opportunities for me to work alongside conservation professionals in Montana. The technical skills, professional development, and networking opportunities offered in the program opened new doors that elevated my career in ways I’d never expected. I’m fortunate to have discovered how to apply my passion into a lifelong career, and I appreciate the role BSWC played in jumpstarting my career.”  —Ethan Kunard, MWCC Executive Director and former Water Programs Manager at Madison Conservation District

Select the link below to learn about positions with the Big Sky Watershed Corps program. The Montana Conservation Corps accepts applications year-round. Learn more about becoming a BSWC Member.