Conservation Planning Boot Camp

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp is a three-week, intensive training course for technical employees that covers current conservation planning policy, procedures, and guidelines as outlined in the National Planning Procedures Handbook. 

Each year for the next five years, 75 conservation district employees will have the opportunity to participate in this Lincoln, Nebraska-based program. District participants are trained in and out of the classroom – right alongside NRCS field staff – in the skills necessary for developing and implementing comprehensive conservation plans. District participation in the course ensures conservation technical assistance is provided to local landowners and operators in a consistent manner nationwide.

Click here to view the Conservation Planning Boot Camp Overview and Completed Curriculum.

If you are an employee that is or will be involved in working with customers on conservation plans, conservation systems, conservation practices, or the installation of conservation practices as one of the following, you are eligible to participate.

  • Any employee of a soil and water conservation district, soil conservation district, resource conservation district, natural resource district
  • Soil and water conservation state agency employees who work in district offices
  • District employee funded by the county
  • Tribal conservation district employee

If you think you may be eligible, but still have questions, please contact NACD CPBC Coordinator Phylis Vandevere.

To participate in CPBC Training, you must have the following:

  • A letter of support from the local conservation district board in which you work
  • Level 2 E-Authorization
  • USDA Linc Pass from NRCS (click the link for more information)
  • Knowledge of working within NRCS’s Tool Kit Computer Application
  • Completed, or be in the process of completing, the following USDA AgLearn courses:

i. Conservation Planning, Part 1 (NRCS-NEDC-000019)

ii. Cultural Resources Training Series, Part 1 (NRCS-NEDC-000141)

iii. Environmental Compliance for Conservation Assistance (NRCS-NEDC-000190)

iv. Introduction to NRCS (NRCS-NEDC-000008)

v. Introduction to Field Office Technical Guide, (FOTG) (NRCS-NEDC–000149)

vi. Introduction to Conservation Forestry Planning (NRCS-NEDC-000195)

vii.  Air Quality, Climate Change and Energy (NRCS-NEDC-000253)

If you have not completed all of the prerequisite courses at this time, you may still continue with the approval and selection process. After candidates are submitted to NACD, there is still a six-week window to complete the prerequisite courses before the start date of your assigned CPBC training session. However, all of above listed requirements – including all Aglearn courses – must be obtained/completed before the start date of your assigned training session.

To apply for CPBC Training:

  • Submit a letter of request indicating your interest in participating in CPBC Training to your state/territory association.
  • Please include a brief statement on why you are seeking this training, along with the dates of the sessions you are available to attend. (If you are able to attend more than one session, please indicate your preference).

Please attach the following to your letter of request:

  • A letter of support from the local conservation district board in which you work
  • Appropriate documentation showing all the above requirements have been met

The selection of participants is left up to each state/territory association. For this reason, candidates may be asked to provide additional information.

Timeline for applications:

Once NACD receives the candidate’s information from their state/territory association, it fills the slots for CPBC sessions and submits the names of participants to NRCS at least six weeks prior to the start date of each session. NRCS contacts each district participant at least four weeks prior to the start date of the assigned session to provide detailed instructions on hotel accommodations in Lincoln, Nebraska, and other logistical concerns, including what to bring and wear to the training.

State/territory associations are the only entities authorized to submit CPBC Training candidates to NACD. Each association controls its own selection process and is asked to submit the following information to NACD via email for each of the employees it selects to participate in Boot Camp:

  • Employee’s full name
  • Title
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Conservation district in which he or she is employed
  • Preferred session date(s)

Upon receipt of this information, NACD considers the employee(s) verified, eligible, and approved to participate in CPBC training, and will slot the employee(s) into the appropriate session(s).

Timeline for applications:

Once NACD receives a district employee’s information from his or her state/territory association, it fills the slots for CPBC sessions and submits the names of participants to NRCS at least six weeks prior to the start date of each session. NRCS contacts each district participant at least four weeks prior to the start date of the assigned session to provide information on hotel accommodations in Lincoln, Nebraska, and other logistical concerns, including what to bring and wear to the training.

NACD will reimburse expenses incurred during the assigned CPBC training session for travel, lodging, and meals after the completion of the course and upon receipt of the CPBC reimbursement form. Please note: Per diem rates are included in the CPBC reimbursement form. Participants should submit their form by email to Phylis Vandevere (cc’ing finance@nacdnet.org) no more than 30 days after completing CPBC Training. Click here for a complete list of reimbursement instructions. 

  • Each district participant is responsible for making his or her own hotel reservation. NACD will reimburse $91 plus tax per night for lodging during the training.
  • In lieu of submitting meal receipts, NACD will reimburse participants a flat per diem of $38.25/day for meals on the days participants travel to and from the training. During the training, the meals per diem is $51.00/day.
  • If traveling by personal vehicle, please include a Google Map’s print-out showing the distance traveled to the training location. If traveling by air, please include a copy of the airline receipt. Participants will not be reimbursed for travel during their training sessions.
  • PLEASE NOTE: While in training, a maximum of $142 per day ($91 plus tax a night for lodging, $51 a day for meals) is allowed for reimbursement by NACD.

Participants’ conservation districts may choose to provide for portions of an employee’s reimbursable expenses.  Should expenses be reimbursable to both employee and his or her conservation district, two reimbursements forms must be submitted to NACD clearly stating the recipient of the reimbursement.

There are no scheduled classes or events for CPBC participants on the weekends during training sessions. There are, however, a host of activities for you and your fellow attendees to enjoy while in Lincoln, Nebraska. The training facility is located in the Lincoln metro area, in walking distance from restaurants and entertainment. While rental cars and Uber and Lift ride services are available, they are not a reimbursable expense.

 

Boot Camp Schedule for 2017

Last day for state/territory associations to submit participant information to NACD Location of Session Start Date of Session End Date of Session
February 10, 2017 Session is FULL Lincoln, NE March 28, 2017 April 13, 2017
March 1, 2017 Session is FULL Lincoln, NE April 18, 2017 May 4, 2017
March 22, 2017 Session is FULL Lincoln, NE May 9, 2017 May 25, 2017
April 19, 2017 Session is FULL Lincoln, NE June 6, 2017 June 22, 2017
May 24, 2017 Lincoln, NE July 11, 2017 July 27, 2017
June 21, 2017 Lincoln, NE August 8, 2017 August 24, 2017
July 26, 2017 Lincoln, NE September 12, 2017 September 28, 2017
September 29, 2017 Lincoln, NE October 17, 2017 November 2, 2017

 

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