ONline supervisor and staff training

Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) has developed various training modules that can be used to teach supervisors and staff the basic operations of conservation districts. The intent of these modules is to have education materials readily available to complete on their own time, and to also conduct "in-house" training during District Meetings as needed. These modules are especially useful when new supervisors are elected or new staff members are hired. All Supervisors and Staff who complete online training will be recognized at GACD’s Annual Meeting.

Program Completion Instructions

  1. All training modules, including review of Supplemental information, must be completed. Modules can be completed at Supervisor or Staff’s own pace.

  2. Each Module has an associated quiz. You must receive a score of 70 or higher on the quiz to receive credit for the Module. Quizzes will include information also presented in Supplemental documents.

  3. Upon successful completion of all Modules, please submit Completion Report to Katie Sponberger, Executive Director by December 31 to be recognized at GACD’s Annual Meeting the following year.


Module 1: GACD's Partnership With Districts
What you will learn:

  • Who is GACD

  • What they do

  • Evolution of GACD

  • How they help Districts

  • Initiatives


Module 2:
Conservation District Basics

What you will learn:

  • The purpose of the districts

  • Basic district functions & responsibilities

  • Information regarding District Program Assistant

  • Acronyms


Conservation Districts Deliver

Hugh Hammond Bennett Documentary: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) created this documentary on soil conservation pioneer Hugh Hammond Bennett. Includes the history of USDA NRCS and the birth of the private lands conservation movement in the U.S. 

2018 GSWCC Supervisor Handbook


Module 3: Meeting Specifics

What you will learn:

  • Board meeting purposes

  • Properly conducting meetings

  • Parliamentary procedure basics


Parliamentary Procedure Quick Reference Guide


How to Conduct a Meeting

How to Make a Motion

Amending a Main Motion




Module 4: Sunshine Laws

What you will learn:

  • Why Districts must follow Sunshine Laws

  • GA Open Records Law

  • GA Open Meetings Law


Georgia’s Sunshine Laws: A Citizen’s Guide to Open Government


Module 5: The Power of Partnerships

What you will learn:

What you will learn:

  • Programmatic Responsibilities

  • Financial Responsibilities

  • Legal Responsibilities


2018 GSWCC Supervisor Handbook


Module 7: Appointed and Elected Supervisors

Module 8: Legislative Advocacy

What you will learn:

  • The importance of conservation legislation

  • Procedures for legislative advocacy on federal, state and local levels

  • Advocacy Examples

  • Advocacy Goals


NACD Advocacy Training

NACD Advocacy Training Handouts


Module 10: Supervisor Tips for Success: GACD AND NACD, Stepping down if you cant fulfill duties