Director/Admin 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


When: Tuesday, May 7th (starting at 10:30 a.m.) and Wednesday, May 8th (ending at 3:30 p.m.)

Where: Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton

The VASWCD Operations Committee announces the first District Admin/Ops Training Workshop.  The workshops will be held bi-annually to provide relevant and hands-on training and networking opportunities for Administrative staff.  The topics for the May workshop include Attachment E, Quickbooks-related to budgeting and reports, record retention, mentoring panel, VRS, and a tour of the Frontier Culture Museum.  An individual 20 minute session with a CPA (per District) to provide assistance with any Quickbooks questions you may have, will be provided as a service to Districts.

The registration cost for the training is $65 for both days. Registration form and additional details for download here.  Be sure to indicate if you will participate in the Tuesday lunch and tour and if you would like an appointment with the CPA. (Pre-registration for the CPA appointment is required so that a time slot can be scheduled).

To assist our speakers with planning – click here to complete short survey by Wednesday, April 10th.

Below you can find presentations and documentation presented at previous VASWCD Director & District Admin Trainings.

The Power of Communication and Outreach: Enhancing the SWCD Message– Speaker: Dr. Julie Gochenour, James Madison University

“Incentivizing Your Employees: Personnel/Human Resources Mgmt. Topic”– Speaker: Terri Higgins, Associate Director Henricopolis SWCD & Loudoun SWCD

Local Outreach Spotlight – Tips & Testimony from a Successful Envirothon Program- Speaker: Brent Hull

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program Update- Speaker: Kevin McLean