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 for new supervisors or staff members. 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. Quizzes can be taken as many times as needed to receive a passing score.

  3. Upon successful completion of all Modules, supplemental information and quizzes, please submit Completion Report to Katie Sponberger, Executive Director by February 1, 2020 to be recognized at GACD’s 2020 Annual Meeting.


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


Past, Present and Future of Conservation Districts

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. 


Module 3: District Responsibilities

What you will learn:

  • Programmatic Responsibilities

  • Financial Responsibilities

  • Legal Responsibilities


2018 GSWCC Supervisor Handbook


Module 4: Becoming a District Supervisor

What you will learn:

  • Supervisor term specifics

  • Electing and appointing procedures

  • How to resign/terminate

  • Specific responsibilities of District Supervisors


Election Frequently Asked Questions


Module 5: 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 6: 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 7: The Power of Partnerships

What you will learn:

  • Why partnerships are important

  • Who your main partners are

  • Finding new partners


    NRCS Information


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

District Informational Leave Behind for Elected Officials


Module 9: Development and Outreach

What you will learn:

  • How to Increase District Development

  • The Importance of Outreach

  • Project and Program Ideas

  • Resources


Georgia Conservation District Success Stories

District Outreach Events


Module 10: Tips for Success

What you will learn:

  • Dealing with Disengaged Supervisors

  • Ways to Enhance Partnerships

  • Importance of Communication and Providing Information


NACD: Conservation’s Unified Voice

NACD Membership Information

What Does it Take to be a Conservation District Supervisor (good handout for recruiting)


Module 11: All About District Program Assistants

What you will learn:

  • What is a DPA

  • DPA office locations and Districts they serve

  • Independent Contractor status, payment and contract termination

  • Roles & Responsibilities

  • Logo usage

  • Training & Recognition


DPA Annual Plan of Work: Since the deliverables of each DPA vary statewide, this document is utilized by the DPA, Conservation District, NRCS and GACD to determine specific deliverables for each position.