April 12-15, 2021 online portion 
August 2-4, 2021 in-person portion 

Both online and in-person portions must be attended to complete the course.

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In-person session in August:

Keystone Conference Center, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)



Shannon Wehinger 
PA Association of Conservation Districts 

Agricultural Conservation Technical Training Basic Boot Camp 2021 

Boot Camp

This training will include a webinar series April 12-15, 2021 and in-person field days August 2-4, 2021.

Sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, PA Department of  Agriculture/State
nservation Commission, and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.

Photo by Holly Hunt.

Appropriate for Agricultural Conservation Technicians, NRCS field staff, Nutrient Management Technicians, Chesapeake Bay Technicians, and others in agricultural positions with less than 1 year of  professional experience, or less than 3 years experience if employee did not attend a previously held Level I ACT training.

There is limited space and conservation district watershed specialists will be cut. Brand new hires will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Existing NRCS and conservation district staff with agriculture-focused positions will get priority for the 30 seats available. Others will be considered as space is available. 

Attention NRCS employees: Do not submit SF182 until you receive confirmation that you are approved to attend this training. 

If you do not receive confirmation from PACD, you will not be admitted. No walk-ins will be accepted. 


Participant registration fees are waived.  Funding is provided through a Special Leadership Development Project Grant, sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and State Conservation Commission.


An overnight room block is avilable at the Days Inn. Information will be provided to those accepted into the course. 


Lunch will be provided. Breakfast and dinner will not be provided. The Days Inn does offer breakfast for overnight guests. Please plan to bring your own refillable water bottle and coffee mug.

The deadline to apply is February 12, 2021.