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Westwide Snow Survey Course Made The News!          

Bend, Ore. -- Snow surveyors gathered in Bend Jan. 8 - 13, 2017 to train on measuring mountain snowpack and cold-weather survival. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hosts the Westwide Snow Survey training every year to support snow surveyors across 13 Western states.

Training topics included outdoor survival, mountain medicine, avalanche preparedness, a history of snow survey, shelter construction, methods of measurement, snow science, and more.

Since its inception in 1935, USDA’s Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program has grown into a network of 1,100+ manually-measured snow courses and more than 850+ automated snow telemetry stations across 13 Western states, including Alaska. The program provides streamflow forecasts at 650+ stream gages in the West. Data from the automated snow sites are available near real-time through an extensive web delivery system.
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Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt          

Lean Six Sigma's focus is reducing waste and streamlining processes. That would, get more conservation on the ground, by becoming more effective and efficient allowing a climate were conservation can thrive. The goal is to familiarize attendees with the concepts, theories and terminologies of Lean Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints and enable them to support Agency CPI efforts.


Official Degree Leadership Assessment Bulletin


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National Bulletins Now on Publications Page

Check out our Publications page to learn more about our National Bulletins.  This includes 360 Degree Leadership Assessment for NRCS Supervisors, Individul Development Plans for Fiscal Year 2017 and Supervisor and Human Resources Professionals Mandatory Hiring Training. 

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National Employee Development Center (NEDC)

The National Employee Development Center (NEDC) is the central point for training within the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Its perseverance is to provide its customers with superior service throughout the nation.  NEDC has envisioned a unified approach in providing timely, sequential, competency-based training that will be fundamental to its business of resource conservation.  

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Working Effectively in the Pacific Islands Area (PIA)

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Conservation Planning Boot Camp Training

Recent changes have been made by the National Employee Development Board to change NRCS Boot Camp name to Conservation Planning Boot Camp in order to recognize its greater focus on conservation planning. Conservation Planning Boot Camp is a three week training program providing new technical employees with the conservation planning, application, and operations management skills needed for today's workforce...

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