Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT)

The LGBT Special Emphasis Program is designed to provide focus on issues related to employment, promotion, training, and career enhancement affecting LGBT employees and applicants in NRCS. The program seeks to:

  • Identify and improve any negative working conditions related to identifying or being perceived as identifying with any of the LGBT populations
  • Educate employees of the subtle and overt actions that constitute discrimination against LGBT populations.
  • Work to create a safe and nourishing work environment for LGBT populations
  • Encourage and promote hiring, promoting and rewarding the best person, regardless of perceived association or identification with LGBT, in all job categories.
  • Encourage the participation of people identifying with LGBT populations in all NRCS sponsored programs and activities.
  • Provide a network of professional support for LGBT persons within NRCS.


Enhance the awareness of and improve access to educational and professional development of LGBT employees within the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and increase the participation of LGBT professionals in agriculture, natural resources, and related fields. Achieve a high level of professional acceptance and appreciation of LGBT populations within the NRCS work force.


  • Obtain information about the current working conditions for people identifying themselves within the targeted populations.
  • Foster a productive working relationship between employees and management to promote an effective program delivery system.
  • Provide a forum for employees to identify concerns and provide information and recommendations to management on programs, technical practices, and administrative policies that impact employees, potential employees, and NRCS customers.
  • Develop a network to assist new employees and employees who relocate
  • Aid in the recruitment and advancement of employees in positions at all levels of NRCS.
  • Develop leadership and other skills by conducting training workshops and seminars to disseminate research findings.
  • Work with the Leadership Team, the Training Committee, supervisors and employees to identify and implement training needs.
  • Network with existing Professional and Academic LGBT associations (e.g Pride at Work Hawaii) and organizations
  • Establish a formal network of NRCS employees


Valerie Russell
PIA Cultural Resources Specialist
Phone: 808-541-2600 x 136