What We Do


The National Conservation District Employees Association’s mission is to strengthen conservation district employee professional capacity and influence national conservation policy by providing leadership and proficiency.


  • To educate, inform, and support Conservation District employees and partners
  • To promote and inspire the professional development of Conservation District employees
  • Serve as the voice of 7000+ conservation district employees
  • Encourage members to be involved on state, regional, and national levels
  • Proactively demonstrate the value of locally-led conservation
  • Recognize excellence in conservation delivery
  • Maintain open communication with conservation district employees and partners
  • Maintain financial and organizational sustainability

NCDEA is engaged

Members participate with various committees and resource policy groups (RPGs), providing important context and information that helps these groups be successful. Groups include:

  • National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Foundation Committees
    • Communications
    • District Operations and Member Services
    • Legislative
    • Natural Resources Policy
    • Stewardship and Education
  • National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Task Forces
    • Conservation Technical Assistance Task Force
    • Farm Bill Task Force
    • Annual Meeting Planning Team
    • Urban Grants Evaluation Team
  • National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Resource Policy Groups (RPG)
    • Coastal RPG
    • Public Lands RPG
    • Forestry RPG
    • Urban and Community Conservation RPG
    • Tribal Outreach RPG
  • National Conservation Partnership (NCP) Representation
    • National Conservation Partnership Leadership Team
    • National Conservation Foundation
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Employee Development Board
  • National Conservation Partnership Planning Initiative (NCPPI)
    • Leadership Team
    • Communication and Messaging Action Team
    • Partnership and Leverage Action Team
    • Performance, Goals, Outcomes Action Team
    • Technical Processes Action Team
    • Training and Development Action Team