Virginia Association of Conservation District Employees

  • RUSLE2 File for Partnership Use  – Chris Lawrence of VA NRCS (Contact Information: 804-287-1680 or has put out July 2019 instructions on updating RUSLE2 software and data for all Virginia users, including SWCD personnel.  To access these instructions, start here: The associated 2019 zipped VA moses database file can be downloaded from the following link: 
  • Graves VACDE Annual Training – August 20-22 – The VACDE would like to thank the VASWCD and DCR for their support in the administration of this training. The full brochure with sessions is here! Don’t wait to register, Register Now! Registration Deadline is August 1, 2019. Registration deadline if you require lodging is July 23! Please note registration costs: $15.00 for VACDE members, $25.00 for non-members. Send your payment to: Elizabeth Dellinger, Shenandoah Valley SWCD, 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Please make checks payable to VACDE. Thank you to the George Beals Conservation Fund/VASWCD Educational Foundation for their financial support.  If you are in need of financial support to attend, please apply by clicking here.


The VACDE is an organization consisting of Virginia soil and water conservation district employees, directors, and partner agency personnel.

Our MISSION is to provide professional development, leadership, and a voice for communicating issues and solutions on behalf of conservation district employees. Our VISION is to be a professionally accepted and integrated work force of employees dedicated to the conservation of natural resources.

The VACDE sponsors and conducts an annual summer training session at Graves Mountain Lodge, which focuses on the training needs of district administrative, educational and technical employees.  The trainings will help employees meet continuing education requirements. Scholarships provided by the VACDE and in partnership with the VASWCD are available for training opportunities.


  • Provide training, professional development, and recognition opportunities for all employees.
  • Demonstrate leadership in addressing employee problems and issues.
  • Improve communication between district employees, directors, the VASWCD, and partners.
  • Expand VACDE membership.
  • Provide Benevolence Fund to assist district employees in times of financial hardship.

VACDE Activities 

The VACDE participates in and conducts numerous activities that benefit not only employees, but also SWCDs statewide. VACDE activities include:

  • Through a nomination process, the VACDE selects an outstanding conservation district employee and presents that employee with the Outstanding Conservation District Professional Award along with a monetary gift (at the VASWCD Annual Meeting).
  • The VACDE provides service awards to members for length of service.
  • The VACDE sponsors and conducts an annual summer training session. For many years, the training session has been held at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia. This three-day event focuses on the training needs of districts’ administrative, technical, and educational employees. The training topics are determined by employee input.
  • The VACDE offers scholarships to indivdiual training events including the Graves Mountain training and VASWCD Annual Meeting.
  • The VACDE provide suggestions to the VASWCD for employee training at the annual meeting.

Become a VACDE Member

For additional information on the VACDE, additional projects and programs, membership information/form and more reference the  VACDE Brochure and VACDE Membership Form 2019.

The VACDE established in 2014 a Benevolence Fund to aid and assist all currently employed Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District employees, who are members of the VACDE, as needed during times of financial hardships. All associate member dues – those collected from directors, associates and partners, etc – are directly put towards building the benevolence fund for district staff in need. If you, a district staffer, would like to consider applying for assistance please review and download the Benevolence Fund Request Form and Guidelines for the Benevolence Fund/Program.

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