Director Trainings

The VASWCD and its Educational Foundation organize regional director trainings throughout the year.

Training topics chosen previously have included financial matters, IT issues, parliamentary procedures, efficient meeting management, and personnel management. If you have a topic or a speaker that you would like to recommend for a future training, please contact VASWCD staff. Additionally, if you are interested in assisting the education committee with training please contact VASWCD staff for more details.

Information on the VASWCD Annual Meeting, the largest training opportunity for directors, associates, staff, and partner organizations, can be found at

June 20-21, 2017 – Stonewall Jackson Hotel – Staunton, VA

Registration Form: Register by June 9, 2017

Full Training Agenda Available for Download

Day 1 will focus on training topics. Training sessions include Personnel: Incentivizing Employees/Staff Retention, New Attorney General Contact & Info, Legislative Outreach Successes, VCAP Highlights and Benefits, Envirothon Coach Participation and Testimonial on how to further recruit and grow the program, and more! We are also hoping to finalize a session on parliamentary procedures/open meeting rules. Training will be led by an expert in the field who knows the SWCD audience. We heard from you repeatedly that more in-depth training was needed on these topics and we’ve responded. Day 2 will be the VASWCD Foundation & Association Quarterly board meeting which will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about statewide activities as well as engage about SWCD issues of importance with the VASWCD Board and partner agency members.Full Training Agenda available here.

  • REGISTER FOR TRAINING WITH THE VASWCD by JUNE 9 – Registration form available for download. The $50.00 registration fee made payable to the VASWCD Educational Foundation is a bargain and includes lunch and breaks
    on both training days! The $50 rate is reduced cost for training as the Foundation is providing supplemental funds to cover cost of training. A full training agenda is available for download.
    Lodging is available at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, VA
    at state rate for $91
    a night.  We cannot guarantee rooms will be available after the June 5
    reservation deadline, nor can we guarantee this significantly reduced rate after this date. We encourage you to join us at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel
    – rooms available for June 19
    & 20 for our training on June 20
    and board meeting June 21
    . To reserve your room call the hotel at 540-885-4848 an
    d book under the VA Assoc of Soil and Water Conservation Districts room block.

Below you can find presentations and documentation presented at the VASWCD Director & District Admin Training held June 21-22, 2016.

June 21, 2016 – Hilton Garden Inn Riverfront – Suffolk, VA

Personnel/Human Resource Mgmt Topic: Personnel & Operating Policy Best Practices -peaker: Terri Higgins, Associate Director Henricopolis SWCD & Loudoun SWCD

Personnel Policy Showcase Panel – Piedmont SWCD, Loudoun SWCD, Hanover-Caroline SWCD, Peter Francisco SWCD/ Moderated by Wayne Davis, DCR & Terri Higgins

Building your SWCD through Marketing, Outreach & Engagement -Speaker: Julie Buchanan – DCR, Senior Public Relations & Marketing Specialist

Visit the VASWCD Marketing webpage for additional resources.

Marketing, Outreach & Engagement Showcase Panel – Piedmont SWCD, Hanover-Caroline SWCD, Northern VA SWCD, Northern Neck SWCD/ Moderated by Julie Buchanan