Explore Big Sky Staff Writer
BIG SKY – The local watershed group Blue Water Task Force recently hired two
new staffers, Andrea Saari and Brandin Krempasky. Saari will work part-time as a
development coordinator, and Krempasky will serve as a Big Sky Watershed Corps
member for the next 10 months.
Saari joined the BWTF team in 2013, after completing her undergraduate degree in
ecology and evolution at Montana State University in Bozeman. She has worked as a
bird field biologist, a naturalist guide, and as a ski and snowboard instructor in Big Sky.
Her position was funded through an individual donation meant specifically to build
BWTF’s capacity to preserve the Gallatin for the donor’s children and grandchildren.
Saari is also currently working towards her master’s in math and statistics at MSU.
Krempasky, a newcomer to Big Sky, will work with BWTF as a Big Sky Watershed Corps
member BWTF, a position created through AmeriCorps.
Originally from Virginia, Krempasky graduated from Colorado State University in 2010
with a B.S in environmental geology and a minor in watershed science.
Since then she has worked as a GeoCorps member with the hydrologist in Death Valley
National Park; with a hydrology technician with the Bureau of Land Management in
Meeker, Colo.; and as an adjunct professor for Geology and Geography labs at the
College of Southern Nevada. She is also certified in GIS.
Big Sky Watershed Corps assists Montana’s watershed communities in local
conservation efforts while strengthening the experience of young professionals. This is
the third year that BWTF has been part of the program.