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Type Name, Description, Item ID and Prerequisites
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A Framework for Stream Corridor Restoration

Natural resource planners, specialists and soil scientists will learn how to integrate stream corridor processes, dynamics and restoration principles into their local conservation work.  This introductory course provides the student with the ability to understand the physical and biological processes, structure, and functions forming stream corridor systems including river valleys and head waters.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000091

Prerequisites: None

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Advanced Hydric Soils for Soil Scientists

This training will provide soil scientists with the skills needed to accurately identify and describe redoximorphic features, to interpret and delineate hydric soils, and to train others in hydric soil identification. The training will assure that soil scientists will be able to explain the pedogenic processes in hydric soils, effectively describe regional groundwater and surface water relationships, explain the development of hydric soils interpretations, and install monitoring equipment to quantify functions of wetlands for mitigation, restoration, and enhancement of wetlands.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000024

Prerequisites: Regulatory IV – Identification and Delineation of Wetlands (Corps of Engineers/NRCS)

Web-based

Agricultural Waste Management Systems: A Primer

This training provides an overview of agricultural waste management systems. It covers background, safety and hazards, planning, and functions of agricultural waste management systems. It is intended for field personnel, NRCS supervisors and managers with responsibilities relating to agricultural waste management systems. This course is a prerequisite to the Agricultural Waste Management Systems - Level 2 course.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000115

Prerequisites: None

Web-based

Agricultural Waste Management Systems: Level 2

This course provides training on planning and designing agricultural waste management systems with an emphasis on systems for livestock and poultry operations. It provides guidance in developing an agricultural waste management system that manages the waste from its production through its utilization. The "Agricultural Waste Management Field Handbook" serves as the textbook and reference.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000116

Prerequisites: Agricultural Waste Management Systems-A Primer; A working knowledge of terms and processes relating to poultry and livestock operations; Introduction to Water Quality; and Nutrient and Pest Management Considerations in Conservation Planning.

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Areawide Conservation Planning

This course follows the procedures and guidelines set forth in the National Planning Procedures Handbook for areawide conservation planning. It emphasizes locally led conservation, working with people, and the planning process. It uses a case study to demonstrate techniques and dynamics of areawide conservation planning. This course will help NRCS and the conservation partnership meet local community needs for areawide conservation planning.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000092

Prerequisites: Conservation Planning: Part 1

Web-based

Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy

Air quality, climate change and energy are three issues that increasingly are being addressed by the NRCS.  Air quality already is a functional part of the NRCS conservation portfolio (the first ‘A’ in SWAPA+H).  Climate change and energy are now becoming significant considerations in conservation planning.  This course will provide a broad overview of these three topics, and how they are related to each other and SWAPA+H components. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000253

Prerequisites: None

Web-based

Air Quality Resource Concerns

The NRCS utilizes the concept of “resource concerns” in conservation planning.  There are four broad categories of air-related resource concerns:  particulate matter, ozone precursors, odors, and greenhouse gases/carbon sequestration.  This course provides an overview of each of these four air quality resource concerns and how they can most effectively be addressed in the NRCS planning framework.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000258

Prerequisites: Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy; and Why Should We Care About Air Quality?

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Basic Soil Survey Field and Lab

This course equips the new soil scientists with concepts and techniques to carry out field soil surveys in accordance with NRCS policy and technical guidelines. Geomorphic and stratigraphic principles are applied to help define soil-landscape relationships for the purpose of designing map units. Mapping techniques both past and present are presented.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000012

Prerequisites: None

Web-based

Beef Production for NRCS Employees

This course provides self-paced training modules to acquaint NRCS field employees with relevant production principles related to beef cattle production. The course will provide employees with a broad range of knowledge that will help them to be conversant in dealing with beef cattle producers. The course provides information on the beef production industry itself, breeds and breeding, nutrition, marketing, health, public issues, and the environment.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000246

Prerequisites: None

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Capitol Hill Workshop: Contracted Training

This workshop examines the role of Congress in the effort to mobilize the support and resources required to achieve our domestic policy goals without bringing the nation to the financial brink. Through a series of 12 high-level presentations, this workshop will address the crucial domestic and international choices that lie ahead and explore how those decisions will affect not only the welfare but also the security of the United States in the years to come.  

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000001

Prerequisites: None

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Civil Rights Compliance in Program Delivery

This training will provide general information on how various Civil Rights laws, rules, and regulations interface to form the foundation for equal access in program delivery. It will, through lecture, student participation in exercises, and class discussions, expand the knowledge of participants in the following areas: civil rights laws and regulations, responsibilities of employees regarding program delivery; diversity and cross-cultural communication; program outreach; use of management tools; representation on boards; and the program assessment process. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000002

Prerequisites: None

Web-based

Computer Security Awareness 

NRCS depends on computer systems to perform many of its functions and responsibilities. These systems contain a wealth of information resources. The purpose of this training is to generate computer security awareness and concern among its readers and to ensure an understanding of our roles in protecting this valuable resource. Ir provides readers with practical information on computer security that users should immediately implement in all their daily activities. 

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Prerequisites: None

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CON 243: Contracted Training 

This course is based on Part 36 of FAR, and provides the participant with information on the unique aspects of contracting for architect-engineering services.  Coverage includes the Brooks Act, solicitation evaluation, award, and administration of A-E contracts. This course is suitable for more experienced contracting personnel.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000260

Prerequisites: Management Concepts and FAC-C or DAWIA Level 1 Certification Training Courses

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Concrete Fundamentals 

This training instructs participants in the selection of materials, design of mixes, mixing of ingredients, testing of mixtures, placement, finishing and curing of concrete. Topics covered in the training include: types of cements, selection of aggregates, air entrainment additives and other additives; proportioning mixes; mixing sampling and testing fresh concrete; placing steel reinforcement, forming and inspection of concrete. The course has field hands-on training component.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000021

Prerequisites: Funadamentals of Concrete Mix by Dennis Clute

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Conservation Boot Camp 

This course teaches new field employees how to guide decision makers through a comprehensive conservation planning process that complies with national policy. The course uses classroom and field experience to demonstrate to participants how the Agency and its conservation partners work together to conserve, maintain, and improve natural resources while meeting our customers’ needs. It provides participants with instructions in basic conservation planning, as well as, focuses on the diversity of the conservation environment in which the Agency employees work to ensure conservation on private lands.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000164

Prerequisites: Conservation Planning: Part 1; Cultural Resources Training Series: Part 1; Environmental Compliance for Conservation Assistance; Introduction to NRCS; Introduction Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG); Introduction to Conservation Forestry Planning; and Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy.

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Conservation Buffers 

This course provides 16 hours of training on conservation buffer practice design in the classroom over a 2- or 3-day period. At the option of the host site, field trips/exercises may be added. State-of-the-art aspects of selecting, locating, designing, installing and maintaining conservation buffers will be covered. Modules on program delivery and communication also are included, as well as formulation of post-course strategies and expectations for participants.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000126

Prerequisites: None

Web-based

Conservation Planning: Part 1

This course is designed to provide conservation planning training for working with individual clients or with groups that basically function as an individual. The course emphasizes the conservation planning process; developing quality, complete plans on the entire unit; consideration of ecological, economic, and social concerns; on-site assistance; the effects and impacts of planned actions on-site and off-site; and partnership involvement.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000019

Prerequisites: Having the equivalent of one year or more experience in conservation planning with a proficiency level of 3 - can perform with supervision; and having a good knowledge of conservation planning policy, the NPPH, the Field Office Technical Guide and data collection techniques.

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Construction Inspection 

This training is primarily designed to instruct the construction inspector engaged in evaluating phases, as well as entire projects of complex work construction operations. It includes: evaluation of earthwork, reinforcement and plain concrete; forms and forming; rockwork; sampling and field tests, drawing and specifics interpretation; and pertinent construction documentation. The course reviews the inspection process and provides guidance on how to analyze and evaluate inspector job performance. Also, the training assesses earthen structures, concrete, steel, rock and geo-textiles.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000014

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of algebra and general math and some field experience in the installation of basic conservation structural measures.

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Contract Administration for Construction Contracts 

This course informs participants of established administrative and technical procedures, contract requirements for construction, and interrelated responsibilities, duties and authorities of concurring parties. Instruction is designed to cover the following areas of contracting: technical responsibilities; administrative responsibilities; kinds of contracts; responsibilities of cooperating organizations; contract documentation standards; showing job sites; procedures for awarding contracts; compliance with contract requirements; supervision of subordinates; inspection and acceptance; and reports.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000015

Prerequisites: General knowledge of contracts and contract administration.

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Correlation & Management of MLRA Soil Surveys 

This training is designed for NRCS and Cooperator soil scientists in the National Cooperative Soil Survey who are working on soil surveys at the MLRA (Major Land Resource Area) or other region level. Participants, upon completion of this course, will be able to explain the concepts and methods used to initiate, develop, and effectively manage project soil surveys.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000094

Prerequisites: Basic Soil Survey Field and Lab; Soil Correlation; and A working knowledge of NASIS is recommended.

Self-paced; Web-based; Classroom

Cultural Resources Training Series 

It is the policy of the Natural Resources Conservation Service that cultural resources training will be provided to all employees who carry out some or all of NRCS’ cultural resources compliance responsibilities at the field and State Office levels.  The purpose of this training is to increase student awareness and knowledge of NRCS’ cultural resources stewardship responsibilities. Completion of this training may also be a requirement for certification under the NRCS Conservation Planning Certification training program.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000141

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for accessing Modules 1-6.  Successful completion of modules 1 through 6 is a prerequisite for Module 7. Successful completion (as certified by the NRCS State cultural resources specialist and Training Officer) of Module 7 is a prerequisite for Module 8.

Webinar

Digital Soil Survey Data Editing and Management: Part 1 - Editing 

This course will provide training in the use of ArcGIS software for on-screen soil survey drafting and editing to produce quality consistent spatial data for ultimate certification and delivery to the Soil Data Warehouse. Training will focus on equipping MLRA Soil Survey Offices to efficiently produce quality products that will meet Soil Survey Geographic Databases (SSURGO) standards. Training will cover advanced features of the most current version of ESRI ArcGIS 10.1 or higher.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000250

Prerequisites: Learning ArcGIS 10.1 or higher (ESRI Virtual Campus, online); Introduction to ArcGIS I (NCGC instructor-led) or equivalent experience; and Access to ArcGIS 10.1 or higher, ArcInfo Workstation and Desktop at duty station.

Webinar

Digital Soil Survey Data Editing and Management: Part 2 - Data Management  

This course will provide training in the use of ArcGIS software for on-screen soil survey drafting, editing and quality control to produce quality consistent spatial data for ultimate certification and delivery to the Soil Data Warehouse. Training will focus on equipping soil survey project offices to efficiently produce quality products that will meet Soil Survey Geographic Databases (SSURGO) standards. Training will cover advanced features of the most current version of ESRI ArcGIS 9.X.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000251

Prerequisites: Learning ArcGIS 9.X (ESRI Virtual Campus, online); Introduction to ArcGIS I (NCGC instructor-led) or equivalent experience; and Access to ArcGIS 9.X ArcInfo Workstation and Desktop at duty station.

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Digital Soil Survey Data Mapping and Editing 

This course will provide training in the use of GIS software for on-screen soil survey mapping and editing. Training will focus on equipping soil survey project offices to efficiently produce quality products that will meet Soil Survey Geographic Databases (SSURGO) standards. Training will cover advanced features of the most current version of software programs such as ESRI ArcGIS 8.3 ArcInfo option and 3dMapper commercial version.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000144

Prerequisites: ArcGIS1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Manual, 3rd Edition NFSAM; and Hydrology tools for Wetland Determination Manual (HTWDM).

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Digital Soil Survey Mapping and Updating 

This course will provide training in the use of GIS software for on-screen soil survey mapping and editing. Training will focus on equipping soil survey project offices to efficiently produce quality products that will meet Soil Survey Geographic Databases (SSURGO) standards. Training will cover advanced features of the most current version of software programs such as ESRI ArcGIS 8.3 ArcInfo option and 3dMapper commercial version.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000144

Prerequisites: ArcGIS1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Manual, 3rd Edition NFSAM; and Hydrology tools for Wetland Determination Manual (HTWDM).

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Economics of Conservation Planning 

This course formerly called Economics of Soil and Water Conservation, enables non-economists to understand and perform basic economic analysis during conservation planning. It also enables participants to become more knowledgeable of the role economics plays both from the landuser, decision maker viewpoint and from their roles as conservation planners.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000017

Prerequisites: None

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Effective Instruction 

This course provides the basic knowledge and practice to become an effective instructor. The training is based on the book, Telling Ain’t Training by Dr. Harold Stolovitch. The purpose of the Trainer Skills Workshop (TSW) is to help trainers understand that their principal role is to transform, not to transmit. Learning requires a change in cognitive (mental) structures. Dumping information onto learners who do not assimilate all they are told is not instruction. Telling is not enough. The trainer must build activities that help learners learn.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000139

Prerequisites: Platform skills will not be taught in this course. While not mandatory, completion of the NEDC training Effective Presentations is recommended prior to attending this course. Learners will be required to develop and deliver a 10-minute lesson, along with visual aids. To facilitate the activity, learners are required to bring a laptop loaded with MS PowerPoint to class along with content material sufficient to develop a 10-minute lesson. This lesson can be on any subject that the learner selects and does not have to be NRCS related.

Web-based

Energy Basics 

Understanding energy basics is fundamental to effective energy conservation planning. This course establishes a technical foundation to prepare NRCS planners to incorporate energy considerations into conservation plans. It provides general background on the fundamental principles behind energy issues in agricultural setting. It is a prerequisite for the Energy in Agriculture course.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000255

Prerequisites: Why Do We Care About Energy?

Web-based

Environmental Compliance for Conservation Assistance: Level 1 

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Classroom

Environmental Procedures & Document Preparation 

This course is the upper level course in the NRCS environmental training curriculum. It is designed to provide the students with the opportunity to apply what they learned in both the Environmental Compliance for Conservation Assistance (EC Level 1) and Environmental Processes for Programs and Projects (EC Level 2) Web-based Courses.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000225

Prerequisites: None

Web-based

ESRI Virtual Campus 

The ESRI Virtual Campus training provides a high-quality learning experience using interactive exercises, examples, and instructional resources to create a rich learning environment. Web courses teach a variety of topics related to ESRI software, the theory underlying GIS technology, and the application of GIS tools in particular fields. Some Web courses include downloadable trial editions of ESRI software.

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Prerequisites: Each user must have an ESRI Global Account login; Participants should be familiar with the Windows operating system and Refer to each course prerequisites and recommendations.

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Extending Outreach to All Customers 

This course will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitude to effectively serve and meet NRCS customers’ needs; as well as to comply with policies and laws such as OMB & OIG requirements to educate field employees about extending outreach to all NRCS customers. The course will allow students to develop and implement Outreach plan, track and document Outreach activities, establish relationship with community influencers and community base organizations (CBO) including non-government organizations (NGO), conduct Outreach training and guidance to their staff and District Conservationists (DC), and disseminate Outreach information to the public.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000247

Prerequisites: Online pre course reading assignments.

Blended

Field Construction Quality Assurance 

The new NEDC course entitled ‘Field Construction Quality Assurance’ (FCQA) is similar to the current course entitled ‘Construction Inspection’, but FCQA is geared to construction of conservation practices instead of those in Federal or CLO watershed construction contracts. The target audience for the FCQA course is employees who provide oversight of construction associated with typical field office programs such as Soil Conservation Technicians and Field Engineers.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000276

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of algebra and general math and some field experience in the installation of basic conservation structural measures.

Blended

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management 

The main purpose is to provide the target audience with a detailed working knowledge of fish and wildlife habitat management techniques to improve their ability to work with landowners with fish and wildlife objectives.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000158

Prerequisites: None

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Forest Water Quality 

This course trains state and area specialists to effectively carry out a conservation program that uses trees and forest practices to protect water quality and quantity.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000018

Prerequisites: None

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Forestry-Windbreak Technology 

This course provides 30 hours of comprehensive windbreak training in the classroom and field. State-of-the-art aspects of determining windbreak feasibility, planning, installation, and maintenance will be covered.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000020

Prerequisites: None

Web-based

Greenhouse Gases & Carbon Sequestration 

Climate change and carbon offset trading have gained great interest in many parts of the agricultural community over the past few years.  But why should we as NRCS conservationists be interested in these issues?  Conservation systems that we design and help implement can often have a positive influence on the emission or storage of gases which, when in the atmosphere, can affect climate change. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000259

Prerequisites: Air Quality, Climate Change and Energy

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Hydric Soils for Wetland Delineation 

This course enables non-soil scientists to perform hydric soils determinations and field delineations, using standard techniques of soil science. It also enables participants to complete technically accurate documentation. Soil scientists with less than two years experience may also attend.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000022

Prerequisites: Regulatory IV - Identification and Delineation of Wetlands (recommended, but not required.)

Self-paced

Hydrology Training Series 

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Hydrology Tools for Wetland Restoration & Determination 

This course is intended to provide multi agency participants with the knowledge they need to select the right hydrology tools for making a wetland determination in accordance with the requirements of the National Food Security Act Manual (NFSAM). Tools presented may also be used in wetland work hydrology studies.  Participants will learn how to use the seven major tools to perform hydrology studies, and review agency work done by consultants.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000025

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Manual, 3rd Edition NFSAM and Hydrology tools for Wetland Determination Manual (HTWDM).

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Interpreting & Measuring Indicators of Rangeland Health 

The course presents a process for visualizing, assessing and communicating rangeland health, and for identifying potential challenges and opportunities.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000155

Prerequisites: None

Classroom

Introduction to Aerial Photography for NRI 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000044

Prerequisites:

Web-based

Introduction to Conservation Forestry Planning 

This course complements and builds on the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Planning Course. The course teaches "Conservation Forestry," which includes conservation planning and application on forest land, and the integration of forest technology with other land uses. Training focuses on procedures, tools and processes used to deliver conservation technical assistance.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000160

Prerequisites: Parts I, II, and III of Conservation Planning

Self-paced; Web-based

Introduction to Conservation Planning on Cropland 

This course teaches conservation planning on cropland. It focuses on the specific tools and processes used to assess, formulate, and implement cropland resource management systems as they apply to soil, water, air, plants, animals, and human resources. It complements and builds on the existing Conservation Planning Course.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000148

Prerequisites: Parts I, II, and III of Conservation Planning

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Introduction to Digital Remote Sensing 

This course introduces employees to remotely sensed digital imagery, with a focus on evaluating, selecting, procuring, interpreting, and utilizing digital imagery for NRCS applications. It includes an introduction to digital image processing techniques in a GIS environment and a review of global positioning systems (GPS) technology.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000028

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the basic concepts of Geographical Information System and Basic Photo Interpretation is recommended, but not required.

Self-paced

Introduction to Ecological Principles: A Basic Ecology Course 

This is an introduction course for employees who have not had a basic ecology course. It will give students an understanding of ecological principles. The course consists of a self paced workbook with exercises followed by a video presentation.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000067

Prerequisites: None

Web-based

Introduction to Environmental Credit Trading 

Ecosystem services, defined as natural and environmental assets, are important in sustaining human health and livelihood. Since ecosystem services are free and are considered as public goods, they may be subject to environmental misuse and abuse. The degradation of our natural and environmental assets can impact our quality of life and their solutions can be complex and expensive. Environmental credit trading is viewed by many as a cost-effective complement to many of our traditional technical solutions and conservation practices.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000301

Prerequisites: Air Quality, Climate, Change and Energy

Self-paced; Web-based

Introduction to the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) 

The Field Office Technical Guide is the primary technical reference for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). It contains technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources. The FOTG is managed by NRCS state technical specialists, but contains technical knowledge and standards used by field conservationists at the local level.  This course is the foundation for additional training and experience needed to plan and apply conservation practices to on-the-ground situations.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000149

Prerequisites: None

Self-paced; Web-based

Introduction to NRCS 

This is a self paced program for all new employees to be completed during their first six months of employment. It includes such topics as Mission and History; NRCS Customers and Partners; Employment and Position Classification; Performance Appraisal and Merit Promotion; EEO, Civil Rights; and Valuing Diversity; Employee Relations; Safety and Health; Ethics and Conduct; Employee Development and Career Management;  and Directives and Records.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000008

Prerequisites: None

Self-paced

Introduction to Water Quality 

This training program creates an awareness of NRCS Water Quality policy.  It teaches principles and how to apply them in daily NRCS activities at the field, farm, and watershed scales. The course utilizes video and student workbook for the self-study delivery. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000033

Prerequisites: None

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Introduction to Watershed & Floodplain Modeling 

This course enables participants to use NRCS hydrologic criteria and procedures to correctly design soil and water conservation measures. Emphasis is placed on hydrologic procedures and concepts used in the design of earth dams, determining peak rates of run-off, and the effect of urbanization on the peak and volume of run-off.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000023

Prerequisites: Engineering Hydrology Training Series Modules 101-107, 111, 116, 201-203, 206A, and 206B.

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Liner Design for Animal Waste Containment 

This course instructs participants in planning, design and installation of animal waste containment systems. It discuses compacted clay liners; chemical dispensers and bentonite; soil liners treatment with soil additives; flexible geo-synthetic liners and geo membranes.  It covers quality control and quality assurance tests in selection, design, installing, and filed testing of liner and geo-synthetic liner systems. Participants have hands-on experience with geo-membrane materials such as HDPE, LLDPE, PVC, and GCLs.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000093

Prerequisites: Soil Mechanics: Modules 1,2,3; Classification of Soils: Level 1; Module 4: Volume Weight Relationships; and Module 5: Compaction.

Webinar

Management of Soil Surveys by MLRA 

This training is designed for NRCS and Cooperator soil scientists in the National Cooperative Soil Survey who are managing a MLRA (Major Land Resource Area) Soil Survey Office or providing quality control or quality assurance to these MLRA Soil Survey Offices. Participants, upon completion of this course, will be able to apply the methods used to initiate, develop, and effectively manage soil surveys by MLRA.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000248

Prerequisites: Basic Soil Survey: Field and Lab course; Soil Correlation course; Managing for Excellence course; and A working knowledge of NASIS and ArcMap is required.

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Managing for Excellence

This course is an introduction to management. Participants will receive an overview of the functions of management; techniques to recognize and develop personal behavioral tendencies; establish and maintain relationships with conservation districts and other organizations; and develop skills to manage change and conflict in groups.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000010

Prerequisites: Introduction to NRCS and Orientation for New Employees.

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NASIS: Advanced Report Writing 

This training will provide soil scientists with the skills needed to perform complex data manipulations and formatting required to create specialized reports.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000185

Prerequisites: Basic NASIS; Basic Report Writing; and extensive experience writing reports.

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NASIS: Basic 

This training will provide personnel with the basic concepts of using the National Soil System Information software and of populating the NASIS database. This training covers the major topics of populating, editing, reporting, and interpreting soils data using the NASIS software.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000180

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of soil survey data and procedures.

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NASIS: Basic Query and Report Writing 

This training will provide soil scientists with skills needed to select data from the NASIS database and create simple to moderately complex reports in tabular, narrative, or export formats which are suitable for everyday use.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000184

Prerequisites: Basic NASIS training plus a working understanding of data objects, target tables, selected sets, security, and editing in NASIS.

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NASIS: Intermediate 

This training will provide soil scientists with skills needed to perform advanced soil survey data entry and management using the NASIS software. The course content is determined by the participants needs. The content of the course is ascertained from the participant before and during the course. Little formal instruction is presented. This is a hands-on course with the participant working on their soil survey area.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000181

Prerequisites: NASIS: Basic 

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NASIS: Site/Pedon Data 

This training will provide soil scientists with skills needed to perform advanced soil survey data entry and management using the NASIS software. The course content is determined by the participants needs. The content of the course is ascertained from the participant before and during the course. Little formal instruction is presented. This is a hands-on course with the participant working on their soil survey area.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000181

Prerequisites: NASIS: Basic 

Blended

NASIS: Understanding Soil Interpretations 

Soil survey interpretations predict soil behavior for specified soil uses and under specified soil management practices.  The ability to understand what a soil interpretation is, understand teh relationships of soil properties to interpretations, and develop the criteria for soil interpretations is valuable for all soil scientists.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000279

Prerequisites: NASIS: Basic; Basic Soil Survey: Field and Lab; Basic level user of ArcGIS 9.2 or higher recommended; and 2+ years with the National Cooperative Soil Survey program recommended.

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New Professional Engineers, Geologists, & Landscape Architects 

This training introduces new engineers, geologists, and landscape architects to the application of their academic training to NRCS work, their role within the agency, and professional development. It includes basic training on a variety of fundamental engineering principles that focus on hydrology, hydraulics, soil mechanics, structural design, geology, and landscape architecture. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000111

Prerequisites: Review the general outline, content and organization of the National Engineering Manual. and the National Engineering Handbook, Part 650, Engineering Field Handbook. Review State Job Approval Authority Criteria Read State licensure laws and regulations. Read Professional Code of ethics. Prepare or review Employee Development Plan with Supervisor (and mentor, if available) Review TR-62, "Engineering Layout, Notes, Staking and Calculations", USDA - SCS, January 1979. Review Field Office Technical Guide, Section IV, Practice Standards and Specifications. Complete Soil Mechanics Training Series 1 - 5. Complete Hydrology Training Series Modules 101-107, 109-112, 115-116, 151, 201.

Web-based

NRCS Alaska Wetland Course: Phase I 

The Alaska NRCS Wetland Online training modules are a required course for all NRCS field staff in Alaska. They provide an opportunity for NRCS field office staff and affiliates to learn about Alaska specific wetland issues as they pertain to the laws, regulations, and policies for the protection of wetlands. The Alaska NRCS Wetland Online training modules are a pre-requisite for the NRCS Wetland Field training course. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000300

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of algebra and general math and some field experience in the installation of basic conservation structural measures.

Web-based

Nutrient & Pest Management Considerations in Conservation Planning 

Nutrient and pest management is becoming increasingly important in Conservation Planning. To adequately address nutrient and pest management considerations, planners must become more familiar with the basic scientific processes important to nutrient and pest management, as well as important ecological interactions and site conditions as they relate to offsite environmental concerns. The mission of NRCS calls for integration of nutrient and pest management into Resource Management System (RMS) Planning.

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Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Water Quality is required unless specifically waived.

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Orientation for New Employees 

This course provides participants an awareness of the work by our Agency in carrying out our mission and vision. The course uses classroom and field trips to demonstrate to employees how NRCS and our Conservation Partners work together to conserve, maintain and improve natural resources while meeting our customers' needs. It focuses on the diversity of the conservation environment in which we work in getting conservation applied to the land.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000013

Prerequisites: Introduction to NRCS

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Pastureland Ecology I: Contracted Course 

This course examines the interaction of soil, water, air, pants, animals, humans (SWAP + H), and the pastureland ecosystem. Instruction is designed to analyze various scenarios in animal foliage management. The scenarios are set in the context of plant morphology and growth factors; herbage mass and animal intake; pasture design systems and animal production goals. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000030

Prerequisites: Recommended but not required that participants have attended the course “Working Effectively With Livestock Producers.”

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Pastureland Ecology II: Contracted Course 

This course is designed to train employees who assist pasture based dairies in natural resource planning and application. It provides instruction in basic understating of the dairy animals nutritional requirements, and pasture feeding systems. This course discusses farm management trade-off, and cost-benefit analysis of going back to pasture feeding lactating cows and their offspring. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000031

Prerequisites: None

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Phosphorous in the Environment

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Plant-Herbivore Interactions 

This course provides in-dept information on the interrelationship between plants, grazing and browsing animals. It discusses state-of-the science concepts, current research findings, and application of these concepts and findings. It uses state-of-the-art scientific methods to explore the underlying concepts of this emerging knowledge. Major areas of discussion include the evolved plant structural and chemical responses to grazing and animal behavior in relation to their selection of food and habitats.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000032

Prerequisites: None

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Prescribed Burning

This course establishes an understanding of Natural Resources Conservation Service policy on prescribed burning and teaches employees the basics, considerations and methods needed to plan and design prescribed burns with cooperators. The course will include classroom study, experience in design of prescribed burns and actual application of prescribed burning. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000046

Prerequisites: None

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Prescribed Burning: Oak & Pine Savannas (Oak Savannah) 

This course establishes an understanding of Natural Resources Conservation Service policy on prescribed burning and teaches employees the basics, considerations and methods needed to plan and design prescribed burns with cooperators. The course will include classroom study, experience in design of prescribed burns and actual application of prescribed burning. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000161

Prerequisites: None

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Prescribed Burning: Short Grasses 

This course establishes an understanding of Natural Resources Conservation Service policy on prescribed burning and teaches employees the basics, considerations and methods needed to plan and design prescribed burns with cooperators. The course will include classroom study, experience in design of prescribed burns and actual application of prescribed burning. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000047

Prerequisites: None

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Prescribed Burning: Shrub Grasses 

This course establishes an understanding of Natural Resources Conservation Service policy on prescribed burning and teaches employees the basics, considerations and methods needed to plan and design prescribed burns with cooperators. The course will include classroom study, experience in design of prescribed burns and actual application of prescribed burning.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000048

Prerequisites: None

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Prescribed Burning: Southeast Pine Forest 

This course establishes an understanding of the Natural Resources Conservation Service policy on prescribed burning and teaches employees the basics, consideration and methods needed to plan and design prescribed burns with cooperators. The course will include classroom study, experience in design of prescribed burns and actual application of prescribed burning. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000221

Prerequisites: None

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Prescribed Burning: Tall Grasses 

This course establishes an understanding of Natural Resources Conservation Service policy on prescribed burning and teaches employees the basics, considerations and methods needed to plan and design prescribed burns with cooperators. The course will include classroom study, experience in design of prescribed burns and actual application of prescribed burning.

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Rangeland Ecology I: Principles & Application 

This course examines the interaction of soil, water, air, pants, animals, humans (SWAP + H), and the pastureland ecosystem. Instruction is designed to analyze various scenarios in animal foliage management. The scenarios are set in the context of plant morphology and growth factors; herbage mass and animal intake; pasture design systems and animal production goals.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000026

Prerequisites: Enrollees are encouraged to complete “Working effectively with Livestock Producers” course prior to enrollment for this course.

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Rangeland Ecology II 

This course is designed to provide participants with an in-depth evaluation of contemporary and emerging issues in rangeland and ecology and management. The course will use rangeland theoretical framework and concepts to review, evaluate and issues that are tabled. A small panel of experts will use workshop format to set the agenda, and prioritize issues for discussion.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000027

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge and familiarity with rangeland ecological principles. Rangeland Ecology I is not a prerequisite for this course.

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Rehabilitation of Aging Watershed Dams

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Remote Sensing for Soil Survey Applications 

Remote sensing is the art and science of deriving useful information from imagery and other data acquired from a distance.  The Remote Sensing for Soil Survey Applications course will provide the theoretical understanding and hands-on experience necessary to enable soil scientists and other soil survey specialists to use remote sensing data and techniques to develop data and information products that can assist with initial mapping, update mapping, and MLRA-wide analysis and correlation.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000244

Prerequisites: None

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Roller Compacted Concrete 

This course instructs participants in the selection of suitable materials for making roller compacted concrete, design of mixes, batching and mixing of ingredients, quality control and quality assurance testing, conveying/transporting, placing, spreading, compacting, and curing of roller compacted concrete.  It reviews the history of roller compacted concrete, and current technology trends. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000146

Prerequisites: None; However, it is suggested that attendees complete the NEDC Concrete Fundamentals course prior to attending the RCC.

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Salinity Management for Soil and Water 

This course is intended to develop skills to review soil, water, and plant relationships pertaining to the salinization process.  It will evaluate and diagnose salinity problems.  It instructs participants in the principles of salinity identification.  It teaches how to evaluate causes and effects of salinization on rangeland, cropland, forests, pastureland, hay and urban land, as well as, the protocols that could be used to monitor, remediate and reclaim salinized areas. The course has a field component to it.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000156

Prerequisites: Modules 1-5 National Planning Course; and College level soils course or equivalent experience.

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Science of Interpretations 

Soil survey interpretations predict soil behavior for specified soil uses and under specified soil management practices.  The ability to understand what a soil interpretation is, understand the relationships of soil properties to interpretations, and how to develop the criteria for soil interpretations is valuable for all soil scientists.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000288

Prerequisites: Basic Soil Survey: Field and Lab course; Technical Soil Services; and 2+ years with the National Cooperative Soil Survey program recommended.

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Soil Bioengineering 

This course describes and demonstrates how vegetation and structures can be used together in attractive environmentally compatible and effective ways for protecting upland slopes, stream banks and shorelines. Methods and construction techniques for soil bioengineering systems on small, uncomplicated sites are covered in detail.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000035

Prerequisites: None

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Soil Compaction & Field Control 

This course is intended to instruct participants involved in the construction of structural measures where soil compaction have a significant impact on the quality and integrity of the final product. The focus of compaction is earth fill. The course examines basic properties of soil compaction, and the field control processes used to attain quality earthwork construction. The course will address soil compaction procedures for density, moisture content and permeability or hydraulic conductivity.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000037

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge and familiarity of the Unified Soil Classification System as documented in ASTM D 2487. Some field experience in the installation of basic conservation structural measures involving earthwork.

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Soil Correlation

This course covers present practices and philosophy in soil classification and correlation. It includes lectures, discussions, and problem solving.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000036

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Soil Survey: Field and Lab Course and/or minimum of two years of soil survey field mapping experience and knowledge of: Soil Taxonomy; National Soil Survey Handbook; Soil Survey Manual; and Basic NASIS functions.

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Soil Geomorphology Institute 

This training presents an integrated earth science approach to soils and geomorphology. The purpose is to expand field skills and conceptual knowledge needed to generate and deliver scientifically accurate soil inventory products. The course provides a comprehensive treatment of key soil geomorphic principles and processes including 1] soil geomorphology, 2] stratigraphy, 3] hydrology, and 4] pedology and use of  current tools to apply these principles and processes.  

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000142

Prerequisites: Basic Soil Survey: Field and Lab and Minimum of 1-2 years field experience in project soil survey.

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Soil Mechanics Training Series (Multiple Courses)

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Soil Properties & Interpretations Training Series (Multiple Courses)

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Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff 

This training is designed to provide field level conservationists and resource soil scientists with an overall understanding of soil health and sustainability principles to guide them with recommendations for land management. The training can be tailored by landuse or specialty emphasis area using modules for cropland, pasture, range, eastern forests, sod and nursery crops, organic specialty crops, and/or salinity and sodicity.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000050

Prerequisites: Background knowledge of soils.

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Soil Science Institute 

This training is designed to provide soil scientists the opportunity to update their knowledge of the latest technical information and technology developments in soil science and related disciplines, and to refresh their educational background in the soil sciences. This training is conducted in a University setting and taught primarily by University professors.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000110

Prerequisites: Potential participants should have seven years or more experience in the mapping, classification, correlation and interpretation of soils. Enough time should have elapsed since the last formal college education for the training to provide a significant update of the knowledge and skills of the soil scientist attending.

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Soil Technology: Application of Soil Data Viewer & ArcGIS in Technical Soil Services 

This course provides an introduction into using the capabilities of ArcGIS 9.2 and SDV 5.2 for delivery of Technical Soil Services.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000001

Prerequisites: Must have completed the ESRI Introduction to ArcGIS I course online or at NCGC, or be a confident ArcGIS user; and must have access to ArcGIS 9.2 and SDV 5.2.

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Soil Technology: Measurement & Data Evaluation 

This training will provide soil scientists with skills needed to use new technology in data collection and to accurately assess the data collected for the purpose of populating the National Soil Information System (NASIS). They will learn what information goes into the models and how it is used.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000038

Prerequisites: Basic Soil Survey: Field and Lab

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Supervising for Excellence 

This course is an introductory course for supervisors. The supervisory skills included in this training are: leadership styles, effective communication and supervisory responsibilities with respect to operations management, employee development, professionalism, and employment/employee relations issues. Focus is given to ensuring competencies are built according to Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Leadership Competencies.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000011

Prerequisites: Managing for Excellence and must be in a Supervisory position.

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Technical Soil Services

This training will provide soil scientists with skills needed to promote the use, understanding, and application of soil information to other disciplines and land use decision-makers. This course is delivered via instructor-led, web-based distance learning.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000249

Prerequisites: None

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The Effective Facilitator 

This course is for those facilitators who will be required to help groups/teams become more effective. It provides essential principles and skills that will enable facilitators to develop sound, value based responses to a wide range of unpredictable situations.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000006

Prerequisites: None

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TSP Orientation 

Completing the course will familiarize you with providing technical services to producers on behalf of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). More importantly, it will point to critical information sources that, along with your skills and experience in practicing resource conservation, will help you succeed.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000191

Prerequisites: None

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Trainer Skills Workshop 

This course provides the basic knowledge and practice to become an effective instructor. The training is based on the book, Telling Ain’t Training by Dr. Harold Stolovitch. The purpose of the Trainer Skills Workshop (TSW) is to help trainers understand that their principal role is to transform, not to transmit. Learning requires a change in cognitive (mental) structures. Dumping information onto learners who do not assimilate all they are told is not instruction. Telling is not enough. The trainer must build activities that help learners learn. The TSW provides trainers with the basics for transforming what they know into a form that is digestible to their learners.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000139

Prerequisites: Platform skills will not be taught in this course. While not mandatory, completion of the NEDC training Effective Presentations is recommended prior to attending this course. Learners will be required to develop and deliver a 10-minute lesson, along with visual aids. To facilitate the activity, learners are required to bring a laptop loaded with MS PowerPoint to class along with content material sufficient to develop a 10-minute lesson. This lesson can be on any subject that the learner selects and does not have to be NRCS related.

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Training the Trainer for Contracting Officer's Representative

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Water Quality Monitoring 

This course provides training on designing a water quality monitoring system. It is intended for field personnel who are directly involved in a monitoring project and for other personnel who are responsible for providing technical assistance. The training focuses primarily on chemical monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation practices and is based on the NRCS National Handbook of Water Quality Monitoring. Part 1 of the Handbook was issued as 450-vi-NHWQM, December 1996.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000051

Prerequisites: Introduction to Water Quality and a statistics course is desired, but not required.

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Water Quality Resource Assessment 

This course provides intermediate training in water quality assessment tools and technology in order to understand the impacts of pollutants on water quality.  The course includes an introduction to stream dynamics and discusses the ecology of streams, lakes and ponds. The course introduces participants to water quality assessment tools from the National Water and Climate Center:  Stream Visual Assessment Protocol and A Procedure to Estimate the Response of Aquatic Systems To Changes in Phosphorus and Nitrogen Inputs. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000042

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of resource planning and Introduction to Water Quality.

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West Wide Snow Survey Training School 

Classroom subjects include history of snow surveys; NRCS mission and snow surveys; snow sampling; note keeping; overall snow travel; safety; emergency shelter construction; principles of survival; avalanche hazard recognition, assessment, and avoidance; first aid; SNOTEL theory and operation; and data accessing and uses. Outdoor laboratory exercises include snow machine operation and maintenance; helicopter safety; snow survey techniques; and an overnight encampment in the snow using individual shelters constructed by trainees.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000043

Prerequisites: Personal health and physical conditioning necessary to travel on snow using snowshoes or skis and carrying a full field pack, an annual physical examination (NRCS personnel), current Red Cross Multimedia Standard First Aid Course (or its equivalent), and a CPR training course.

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Wetland Identification for National Food Security Act Purposes: Phase 2 - Application 

This course is designed to prepare staff with the skills needed to successfully identify and delineate wetlands on agricultural properties using On-Site Wetland Delineation Methods as specified in the National Food Security Act Manual (NFSAM), and to effectively defend the delineation decision. This training presents the balance reached by NRCS between the requirements in the statute/regulations and accepted scientific principles behind on-site wetland delineation methods using the three-factor approach.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000254

Prerequisites: None for the on-line training module.  Completion of the on-line training module prior to the classroom/field portion of the course. 

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Wetland Restoration and Compatible Use 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000082

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Wetland Restoration and Enhancement 

NRCS has assumed responsibility for the long-term management of over 1.1 million acres under Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) easements. The management goal on these lands is for wildlife benefit, primarily migratory birds (Neotropical migratory birds, waterfowl, and shorebirds), and threatened and endangered species. This course will provide wetland restorationists with information and skills on advanced restoration and enhancement techniques needed to restore high quality wetlands to meet WRP policy.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000081

Prerequisites: Two years experience in wetland restoration or having wetland restoration as a major component of your job activity.

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Why Should We Care About Air Quality? 

As the first “A” in SWAPA+H, air is an important natural resource that is vital to life.  Although our agency has addressed issues related to air quality and atmospheric change since its formation, these issues have not been a traditional focus area for the NRCS in most locations.  As our partners and the public have begun placing a larger emphasis on air quality and atmospheric change issues, NRCS has needed to develop the technical expertise for integrating conservation of the air resource into our assistance portfolio. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000257

Prerequisites: Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy

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Why Do We Care About Energy? 

While energy has not traditionally been addressed in the NRCS planning process, it is receiving unprecedented attention in the national and international news. This short course provides insight into why energy issues are important to agriculture and the nation. It gives participants the opportunity to explore how our energy choices can impact NRCS and the natural resources we work to conserve. It is a prerequisite for the Energy Basics course.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000256

Prerequisites: Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy

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Working Effectively with Alaskan Natives

This course is for field personnel to provide awareness and basic understanding of the culture, history, and protocol of Alaska Natives and their land. Delivery is provided in a classroom setting, usually in a Native setting or during an Alaska Native gathering event. The session, taught predominantly by Alaska Native instructors, is designed to sensitize and inform. Participants experience facets of Native culture, i.e. song and dance, food, and games, as well as interaction with elders and tribal representatives.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000147

Prerequisites: None

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Working Effectively with American Indians 

In order for USDA/NRCS employees to have a successful relationship with American Indians and Alaska Natives, this course will provide attendees with an understanding of this land’s history, the political complexities, government-to-government fiduciary responsibilities, and most importantly an understanding of the cultures and life from an American Indian and Alaska Native perspective. In addition, the course will enhance attendees’ skills pertaining to NRCS and American Indian tribal policy and procedures.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000090

Prerequisites: FAQ About American Indian; Archaeology Of Phoenix Indian School; Arizona Hopi Wedding; Being Indian Is...; Common Herbs; American Indian Contributions; Legend of the Dream Catcher; Dry Meat; Federal Register EOM; Executive Order: American Indians Alaska Native Education; Fry Bread; Glossary; Indian Reorganization Act; Indian Day; Indian Removal Act 1830; Old Indian; Legends; Items to Research; Native American Religions; Multi Cultural Sites; Taboos; U.S. Treaties; Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek; List of Tribes; and Cultural Values.

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Working Effectively with American Indians (Executive Session)

In order for USDA/NRCS to have a successful relationship with American Indians and Alaska Natives, this course will provide attendees with an understanding of this land’s history, the political complexities, government-to-government fiduciary responsibilities, and most importantly an understanding of the cultures and life from an American Indian and Alaska Native perspective. In addition, the course will enhance attendees’ skills pertaining to NRCS and American Indian tribal policy and procedures.(AIANEA) 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000E89

Prerequisites: None

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Working Effectively with Hispanic Producers

Understanding cultural differences and how they impact NRCS will help employees make the right decisions at the local level, where grass roots conservation happens. To better address changes in NRCS customer demographics, this course will provide awareness and a basic understanding of the Hispanic culture. The course offers an opportunity to learn how to develop productive and rewarding relationships with Hispanic customers. 

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Prerequisites: Participants need to study the demographics of their community and state and bring the demographic profiles of their community and state to share with the class.

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Working Effectively with Livestock Producers: Contracted Training 

The main purpose of the training is to enable students to effectively assist livestock producers through improved communication skills related to resource conservation on grazing lands. A goal is to increase the students’ working knowledge of livestock operations and economic impacts of conservation-related decisions.

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000045

Prerequisites: Desired, but not required: Online Beef Production courses; Rangeland Ecology I or approved equivalent; Pastureland Ecology I or approved equivalent; and Completion of NRCS conservation planning course – Level 2 (Modules 1–9) or equivalent.

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Working with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst

Explore how the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst software extension uses raster and vector data in an integrated environment. This course teaches basic raster concepts and shows how to use ArcGIS Spatial Analyst tools to create, run, and edit spatial models. It focuses on problems that are best solved in a raster environment such as surface analysis and distance measurement. 

Item ID: NRCS-NEDC-000173

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to ArcGIS I (for ArcView 9, ArcEditor 9, and ArcInfo 9) or equivalent experience is required; Programming knowledge is not necessary; and Participants in this course should know the following: Basic operating system skills (copying, deleting, and moving files and directories); Adding, renaming, and deleting themes; Setting data frame properties (map and distance units, projection); Displaying layers in ArcMap; Using ArcGIS menus, buttons, and tools; Performing queries; Selecting records in layers tables; and Using ArcGIS online help.