Watershed Group and Non Profit Members
Organization serving: Montana Aquatic Resource Services
I am originally from northeast Florida but moved out to Bozeman Montana over two years ago after coming out for a vacation and falling in love with the landscape and people. I come to the BSWC program with a BS in biology from the University of North Florida and a background in water sciences. While in Florida I was employed with the St. Johns River Water Management District. I worked as an Environmental Scientist conducting field investigations on northeast Florida’s surface waters. I did have the privileged to conduct water quality work from several varying vessels including a canoe, a large 27ft twin 250 engine vessel but my favorite was always the airboat. I do miss driving about in an airboat! I’ve received training in Wilderness First Aid, Water Rescue and CPR. I have also worked with several varying water quality tools, including SUNA, Cycle, YSI, Campbell Scientific data logger and more. Along with getting to do some exciting work with Montana Aquatic Resources Services in Bozeman, I teach hot yoga at Sumit’s, if you’re in the Bozeman area come check out one of my classes! I enjoy rock climbing; in the off season you can find me at the local rock gym several times a week, later in the season I’m game to hit the crag with any and all! I have just recently been introduced to snowboarding, I’m horrible but I love it; cross country skiing is a new hobby as well. I enjoy all that Montana has to offer and plan to make the most of it; backpacking, trail running, fly fishing, if you want to go play outside give me a shout and I’m there.
Organization serving: Montana Conservation Corps
Carlee is originally from the Midwest, she grew up in the state of Iowa and attended Iowa State University to receive her bachelor’s degree in Animal Ecology. While in school she was involved with Story County Conservation as a Land Stewardship Intern, learning about Iowa’s natural habitat while also implementing land management practices to restore public park lands. Carlee then had an AmeriCorps position through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources upon graduation where she worked on surveys and Biometrics for public hunting areas, while occasionally being involved with pheasant research projects and native and migratory bird population studies. Carlee had visited Montana once while in high-school and had an itch to come back, so she applied at Big Sky Watershed Corps and found herself heading to Bozeman at the beginning of January as the Team Lead for Big Sky Watershed Corps to work on furthering her professional skills, while also being involved in a cause that is close to her heart. In her free-time, Carlee likes to go on long hikes and snowshoe, attend concerts, enjoy good food while in good company, and hitting up the local breweries for a pint.
Organization: Madison River Foundation
My name is Chelsea Pardo. I have recently come to Ennis to work with the Madison River Foundation through the Montana Big Sky Watershed Corp. I am from Wasilla, Alaska and attended the University of Alaska. I have my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and have been pursuing an Associate of Applied Sciences in Fisheries Technology. My background in fisheries research includes work with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game conducting Pacific Salmon studies. I have also served with New Hampshire AmeriCorps through the Student Conservation for a ten month term in 2016. With the Student Conservation Association I was able to teach environmental education to elementary aged students and participate in trail work projects. I am really excited about my future work for the Madison River Foundation and my time here in Montana!
Organization serving: Bureau of Land Management
Location: Fort Benton
I was born and raised in a small rural town in the state of Connecticut. I graduated from a small state university, Eastern Connecticut State University. My focus was on Environmental Earth Science with a minor in Sustainable Energy. During this time, I had the great opportunity to join the team at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as a Coastal Environment Enforcement Intern working on the Long Island Sound Project. This experience provided an opportunity to learn the state environmental laws on conservation in Connecticut. After college, I served a term with the ECO AmeriCorps in Vermont as part of a team that helped improve water quality and reduce the cyanobacteria in water bodies across Vermont. I was specifically focused on the Franklin watershed in northern Vermont. In addition, I joined a paleontology team last summer that is located in the North Dakota Badlands. The team hosts paleontology dig camps for adults and teenagers to discover and learn about the different species of dinosaurs that are found in that area. I am still with that team and we hope our hard work will result in huge discoveries in the coming season. I also do volunteer work for Red Cross as a Disaster Responder whenever possible. I went on my first long term mission this fall to North Carolina to help communities recover from Hurricane Matthew.
I feel that focusing on volunteer work and giving back to the community has allowed me to get a deeper understanding of how our environment impacts our lives. To quote Jane Goodall, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” I have had many opportunities over the years to begin making a difference, from working as an animal care provider in animal sanctuaries and aquariums, working with the Red Cross and serving for ECO AmeriCorps to improve water quality in Vermont. I am looking forward to serving with the Big Sky team in the next year and learning all about the land and watersheds in Montana!
Organization serving: Gallatin River Task Force
Location: Big Sky
Emily Casey was first placed as a BSWC member with the Gallatin River Task Force during her 2016 term and has decided to stay on for an additional term. She is focusing her term to expand on the projects she initiated last year: the Big Sky Water Conservation Program and the Upper Gallatin Drought Management Plan. Originally from MA, Emily graduated from UMass Amherst with a BS in Natural Resources Conservation in 2015 and decided to apply for BSWC afterwards to get some professional experience while reaping all the benefits of living in Big Sky Country. She loves hiking, camping, yoga, and exploring new places with friends.
Organization serving: Clark Fork Watershed Education Program
After being raised in Alaska and studying in Boise, Evan Norman returns for a second year Big Sky Watershed Corps term with the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program in Butte, America. Evan appreciates the drive the members of the community have on making Butte a better place. He enjoys learning and teaching students about local watershed issues in the country’s largest Superfund complex. While outside of work, Evan, can be found traveling across the state, hiking the Continental Divide trail, skiing at Discovery Ski Area, enjoying the Montana Folk Festival or playing a mean game of cribbage while at the local brewery.
Organization serving: Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana
After growing up in Kalispell, I attended Montana State University and graduated with a bachelors of science in cell biology. During my time at MSU, I was involved in undergraduate research in the plant sciences department, which solidified my interest in science and the environment. Following graduation, I managed a research lab at the university for a year, and then spent a summer in the field working on a whitebark pine surveying project for the Montana Natural Heritage program. All these experiences contributed to creating a desire to study and work in conservation science, to which the Big Sky Watershed Corps program is a natural answer. I am excited to be part of the team at SWCDM and to learn and contribute to the organization’s goals as much as possible.
Organization serving: Centennial Valley Association
Location: Centennial Valley
I was born and in southwest Michigan and spent most of my life there, but was lucky enough to be able to do some traveling. As I child I spent as much time as possible in the outdoors hiking, fishing, and just wandering in the fields, forests and swamps near my parents’ home. The constant immersion in nature made aware of many of the negative changes that were occurring in many of the places I went, and traveling and people I met while traveling gave me a wider perspective on many nature related issues. After a detour into medical studies I returned my focus to the natural world that had peaked my interests as a child and ways in which the negative effects that I had seen could be remedied. I graduated from Northern Michigan University in December of 2015 with a BA in Environmental Science and spent half of the next year working on a native plant restoration project on the prairie in central Minnesota. I currently live in Dillon, MT and work with the Centennial Valley Association. I still enjoy my childhood hobbies of hiking, fishing, and wandering in nature and am looking forward to engaging in them here in Montana.
Organization serving: Bitter Root Water Forum
Julia joined the Bitter Root Water Forum (BRWF) in January 2017 as a Big Sky Watershed Corps member. She is a Wisconsin native and gained an appreciation for Wisconsin’s rivers and lakes at an early age. She earned a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Since graduating, Julia has worked as a teaching naturalist, a Youth Conservation Corps leader, and most recently as an AmeriCorps member in North Carolina. Her service in North Carolina focused on citizen science and environmental education. She is excited to jump into BRWF’s education and restoration projects and learn more about the Bitterroot Valley along the way. Julia enjoys spending time in the water, hiking, and camping. But on a cold day, you can find her inside cooking or watching a good movie.
Organization serving: Lolo Watershed Group and Lolo National Forest
Kaeli Wells is originally from Flagstaff, Arizona and recently graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Urban Planning and Sustainable development. She is a big fan of living buildings, transportation planning, and being outside as much as humanly possible. Kaeli once worked as a volcano guide in Nicaragua and hopes to one day pursue a career in international development.
Organization serving: Montana Watershed Coordination Council
A Midwestern native, Kelsey grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln receiving a dual BA in Anthropology and Women and Gender studies. Feeling passionately about issues concerning water and sanitation, social justice, and climate change, she pursued a dual Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology and Public Health at the University of South Florida in which her thesis research focused on local concerns of water quality and scarcity in two rural Peruvian communities. Galvanized by her studies, Kelsey shifted her focus to water concerns within the United States. She joins the MWCC as a Big Sky Watershed Corps member. When not working, Kelsey enjoys travelling, trivia, all-things-soccer, and watching an unreasonable amount of Law and Order: SVU. Her friends affectionately refer to her as the “Olivia Benson of watershed community injustices.
Organization serving: Wildlife Conservation Society
Lucinda is currently serving her second term in the Big Sky Watershed Corps. She works with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Community Partnerships Program, where she assists in planning and implementing several human-wildlife coexistence projects as well as maintaining an online presence for the organization.
Lucinda received a bachelors degree in Earth, Society & Environmental Sustainability from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in December 2012. She has worked as a research assistant in the U of I Atmospheric Science Department as well as the Illinois State water Survey Atmospheric Section, and was a research specialist in the Groundwater Section of the State Water Survey. She is an accomplished musician and published author, with research papers about the Aral Sea and methods of conducting outreach to private well owners.
Organization serving: One Montana
Madison Boone is originally from Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Hendrix College, located in Conway, AR, in 2014 with degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies. After graduation, Madison spent a year in Rutland, MA working for Heifer International’s Heifer Farm where she helped manage the Farm’s livestock, provide on-site maintenance, and lead educational programs. After leaving Heifer Farm, she worked for a few months with The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska aiding in land stewardship on their Platte River Prairies. Madison moved to Bozeman, MT in 2016 to serve a term with the Big Sky Watershed Corps, through which she worked for the non-profit One Montana on their Resilient Montana program. She is currently completing a second term of the Big Sky Watershed Corps in 2017 where she is serving a dual position between One Montana and MSU-Extension on their Climate Science Team. Madison enjoys all things related to the outdoors, nature, and farming and feels so lucky to live in a place as beautiful as Montana.
Organization serving: Trout Unlimited
Max’s childhood home in Midcoast Maine was nestled at the intersection of the mountains and the sea. His early exposure to wild spaces lead him to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies and Economics at St. Lawrence University. While at St. Lawrence Max began to appreciate connecting powers of rivers, and the watersheds that feed them. In his free time Max seeks out wild spaces by ski, bike, foot, paddle and the pages of a good book.
Organization serving: The Nature Conservancy
Taylor Dove brings her passion of conservation and sustainability to help assist The Nature Conservancy as this year’s Big Sky Watershed Corps member. Born and raised in Georgia, Taylor is new to Montana and eager to experience and learn about its natural environmental. Taylor is a recent graduate from the University of West Georgia and is valued for her degree allowing her to acquire her GIS skills and geography background. Taylor was formerly part of Ecoleaders, created by The National Wildlife Federation, and helped establish her University’s first GIS organization. She has taken part in several campus and community river clean ups which helped narrow her interests into watershed conservation. Work experiences that will help The Nature Conservancy includes: member recruitment, managing events and organizations, community involvement, and leadership roles. In Taylors free time she enjoys running, hiking, camping, and thanks to Montana, skiing.
Organization serving: Flathead Lakers
The other is when I was hiking a chainsaw into a gad restoration project in Missouri ast year. So, Bio: I was born in Germany, where my dad was stationed with the Air Force. I got my degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Natural Resources at Northern Michigan University. I also got my certifications in wild land firefighting. I love doing prescribed burns. I got to be part of a burn crew in Missouri for two months last year. We only did a couple of burns there but I did a decent amount of burning in Minnesota when I was there for 6 months as part of a seed crew on a prairie. I love to travel, I bounced around in the military with my family till I was about 13 years old. I really like Montana and the yoop because I love snow and mountains. I also enjoy going to Arizona because I love the other extreme of the hot, not humid, desert. I enjoy baking, sewing, running, and chasing toads, frogs, and bugs.