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Civil Rights Policy Statement For USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

As State Conservationist of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), I fully support the policy of USDA to provide equal opportunity for all persons without regard race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex (including gender identity and expression), marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. Prohibited discrimination is a violation of Title VI and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and will not be tolerated.

I am fully dedicated to ensuring that all persons associated with NRCS in Maine comply with every aspect of our Nation’s Civil Rights laws and policies.  All employees are expected to model equal opportunity, civil rights, and cultural transformation, and managers and supervisors must demonstrate an elevated regard by supporting civil rights, equal employment opportunity, diversity, and cultural transformation. 

Our employees are our greatest asset.  We must strive to create and maintain an inclusive environment in which every employee is respected, trusted, and valued regardless of differences.  We can achieve and maintain a diverse workforce with an abundance of opportunities for every employee to reach his or her full potential.

Employees will be held accountable for doing their part to ensure that all applicants, program participants, customers, partners, and employees are provided equal access to the opportunities, programs, and services available.  We can achieve our critical mission of providing assistance and service to private landowners that will benefit agriculture, the environment, and the conservation of our natural resources, but it requires every employee’s cooperation and commitment. 

I look forward to working with you to assure that our employees, partners, and clients find an agency and work environment that is positive, productive, and focused on agriculture and natural resource conservation.  


/s/  Juan C. Hernandez

State Conservationist

February 2013