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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.

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. S&T staff acquires, develops, and transfers cutting-edge science-based technology to support all NRCS programs and activities, and to meet the conservation needs of NRCS customers, partners, and stakeholders. S&T continually transfers this technology to NRCS staff through the Field Office Technical Guide (FTOG), the National Conservation Practice Standards (CPS), related guidance documents, training, and conservation tools developed and maintained by S&T. The S&T Deputy Area also addresses priority natural resource challenges with many other agencies and partners, and ensures compliance with the highly erodible land, wetland, and water quality provisions of the Farm Bill-and applicable national environmental statutes and regulations. 
  • 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.