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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 

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

  • The Deputy Chief for Management and Strategy is responsible for outreach and partnerships, international programs, strategic support services, and policy and program analysis.
  • 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.
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.