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Big Sky Watershed Corps

About Big Sky Watershed Corps

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 2023, 46 BSWC members are serving conservation organizations across the state, from the Yaak Valley to Rosebud County. 

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. Big Sky Watershed Corps is offered through a partnership with the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD), Montana Conservation Corps, and MWCC.


2024 Host Site Applications now open! Applications are due Friday, September 15. Two introduction/orientation webinars will be held for anyone interested in potentially hosting a BSWC member(s). This one-hour virtual meeting covers the basics of the BSWC program and addresses questions of potential first-time host sites. It is NOT required but highly recommended for any first-time host site partner.  Below are two options to attend: *Note* The webinars will cover the same material so you can plan to attend the date that best fits your schedule.

 Tuesday, August 22nd @ 10 AM
 Thursday, August 31st @ 2 PM


For information about funding to host and support BSWC members, check out the MWCC Watershed Fund BSWC Support page and MACD’s BSWC Funding page. To apply to serve as a BSWC member, go to the Montana Conservation Corps website.

“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.