Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts

We support Pennsylvania’s Conservation Districts who work for clean water and healthy soil every day.

Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Training Basic 2024

Take advantage of this free training opportunity which includes both classroom learning and experience in the field! Four days will be in-person and three will be virtual.


Virutal Training:
March 19, March 26, and April 22 

In-person Training
Apr 08, 2024 09:30am – Apr 11, 2024 01:30pm
Apr 15, 2024 09:30am – Apr 18, 2024 01:30pm
Note: the April 15-18 dates will only be added if needed.   


Union County Government Center
155 N 15th St, Lewisburg, PA 17837


Appropriate for Agricultural Conservation Technicians, NRCS field staff, Nutrient Management Technicians, Chesapeake Bay Technicians, and others in agricultural positions with less than 1 year of professional experience, or less than 3 years experience if employee did not attend a previously held Level I ACT training.

There is limited space and conservation district watershed specialists will be cut. Brand new hires will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Existing NRCS and conservation district staff with agriculture-focused positions will get priority for the 30 seats available. Others will be considered as space is available.

Attention NRCS employees: Do not submit SF182 until you receive confirmation that you are approved to attend this training.

For Spring 2024, the dates are March 19, March 26, and April 22 (virtual) & April 8-11, 2024 (in person). April 15-18, 2024 (in-person) will only be added if needed. You may indicate your preference on the application, but in-person training will be April 8-11 unless we need to add the additional session April 15-18. 

If you do not receive confirmation from PACD, you will not be admitted. No walk-ins will be accepted. If you do not receive an email from PACD by February 5, please email



Participant registration fees are waived. Funding is provided through a Special Leadership Development Project Grant, sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and State Conservation Commission.


An overnight room block will be available. Information will be provided to those accepted into the course.

Reimbursement policy (conservation districts only):
PACD will reimburse the conservation district (up to $140/person/night) AS FUNDING ALLOWS for the lodging of those whose office is more than 45 miles away from the Union County Government Center. Monday through Wednesday evenings only. Please note: there may not be sufficient funding to fund all three nights for every district employee.


Lunch will be provided. Breakfast and dinner will not be provided. Please plan to bring your own refillable water bottle and coffee mug.

The deadline to apply is January 26, 2024.

Sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Conservation Commission, and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.