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NRCS Leadership

The Chief provides overall leadership for the activities of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

The Chief of Staff provides support to the Chief and coordinates the Legislative Affairs and Public Affairs Divisions. 

The Civil Rights Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination and ensures employees, applicants and customers receive equal opportunity and are treated fairly and with respect.

Associate Chief for Operations

The Associate Chief for Operations is responsible for all business operations.

  • The Chief Information Office is responsible for all NRCS information technology resources, information technology governance, enterprise architecture, security, continuity of operations and the Information Technology Center in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for budget development, financial management, accounting and policy.
  • The Deputy Chief for Strategic Planning and Accountability strategically improves service delivery, plans for the future, promotes continuous performance improvement and ensures accountability
Associate Chief for Conservation

The Associate Chief for Conservation is responsible for NRCS conservation activities and programs.

  • The Deputy Chief for Programs is responsible for the delivery of financial assistance programs, easement programs and conservation technical assistance.
  • The Deputy Chief for Science and Technology ensures scientifically-sound conservation practices, technology acquisition, development, and transfer. Leads the Conservation Innovation Grants Program, Plant Materials Program, Watershed Dam Rehabilitation Program, and Emergency Watershed Protection Program.
  • The Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment is responsible for soil science, soil survey and resource assessment, technical assistance to foreign governments, international scientific and technical exchange, geospatial technologies (GIS, PNT, GPS, remote sensing) services and use, inventory and correlation of ecological site descriptions, conservation effects and assessment modeling, National Resources Inventory (NRI), resource analysis to support USDA policy making for conservation, snow survey and water supply forecasting, soil research and soil laboratory data analysis.
  • The Strategic Natural Resources Initiatives staff is responsible for emerging and priority natural resources issues such as climate change,environmental markets, farm bill, bio energy and national food and agriculture council.
Regional Conservationists

The NRCS organization in its Northeast, Southeast, Central, and West regions is headed by a Regional Conservationist. Regional Conservationists are management representatives of the Chief and are responsible for providing overall direction of NRCS programs and activities consistent with the Chief's guidance; acting as representatives of the Chief at meetings; and supervising the State Conservationists and the Directors of the Pacific Basin and Caribbean Areas.