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Re: Non Co-Located District Offices

Robert Dobbs
 




On Jun 3, 2019, at 10:12 AM, Pacific NCDEA <pacificrep@...> wrote:

Tim, I'll reach out to Washington State with your question.  Most of their districts are no longer co-located with USDA.  I haven't heard of such an agreement but I surely do like the idea!

Tom

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Re: Non Co-Located District Offices

Tim Riley
 

Thank you.

So far we are committing to our District Planners (partially funded through NRCS Cooperative Agreements) to be at their office 2 days a week; as well as some sort of "get together" monthly at our new building where we will have a nice sized conference room for trainings, learning lunches, etc., covering any range of topics from technical, human resources, computer usage, customer service, whatever really just to have a reason to continue face-to-face interaction on a regular basis...open to topic ideas...did I mention our new building is directly next door to a Bavarian Bakery?  Oh....yeah that.....


Re: Non Co-Located District Offices

Bobbi Lindemulder
 

Let me see what we have here. Although we are still all in the same building as an ag service center, I am the only staffer who shares office space.  I am required to have a LincPass, and we have done a variety of agreements in the past (including having something in the lease) but let me check.....

Bobbi Lindemulder
Snohomish Conservation District
Program Manager, Agricultural Engagement

On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 7:22 AM Tim Riley <timothy.riley@...> wrote:
Thank you.

So far we are committing to our District Planners (partially funded through NRCS Cooperative Agreements) to be at their office 2 days a week; as well as some sort of "get together" monthly at our new building where we will have a nice sized conference room for trainings, learning lunches, etc., covering any range of topics from technical, human resources, computer usage, customer service, whatever really just to have a reason to continue face-to-face interaction on a regular basis...open to topic ideas...did I mention our new building is directly next door to a Bavarian Bakery?  Oh....yeah that.....



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Snohomish Conservation District

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Re: Non Co-Located District Offices

Craig Nelson
 

Tim,

NRCS made a big to do about having Cooperative Working Agreements with CDs here in Washington about 5 or 6 years ago.  Here's the closest to final I have in an electronic version.  We are in the same building as NRCS but have a separate lease agreement and do not share office space.  Feel free to drop me a line if you have questions.

Craig Nelson
Okanogan CD
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(509) 422-0855, ext. 110


Re: Non Co-Located District Offices

Tim Riley
 

Thank you Craig; I really appreciate the feedback!!

 

Be well,

Tim…

 

From: main@ncdea.groups.io <main@ncdea.groups.io> On Behalf Of Craig Nelson
Sent: Monday, June 03, 2019 11:51 AM
To: main@ncdea.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ncdea] Non Co-Located District Offices

 

Tim,

NRCS made a big to do about having Cooperative Working Agreements with CDs here in Washington about 5 or 6 years ago.  Here's the closest to final I have in an electronic version.  We are in the same building as NRCS but have a separate lease agreement and do not share office space.  Feel free to drop me a line if you have questions.

Craig Nelson
Okanogan CD
craig@...
(509) 422-0855, ext. 110


Phishing -- are you experienced?

Pacific NCDEA
 

My conservation district had a bad experience with phishing recently.  That caused me to bring up this topic when I visited with the Idaho District Employees Association board last week.  I was surprised -- and alarmed! -- to hear several people describe their experiences with attempts to phish information from them.

Have districts in your state been subjected to phishing attempts?  How severe is the problem?  Your responses may help us develop training materials to help protect our sister districts from this kind of cyber threat!

( What is phishing?  See this government article: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams )

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Re: Phishing -- are you experienced?

Craig Nelson
 

Our conservation district in Washington State has seen quite a few more pop up recently.  The ones that are the scariest are the ones that say they are from a known person.  We even had one last week where 'employee A' received an e-mail that appeared to come from 'employee B' until the receiving employee looked at the e-mail address because the content of the message didn't quite make sense.  The name in the header matched the name of one of our employees, but the e-mail address was absolutely different, like not even close to our convention type of different.

I'm particularly concerned too with the web-site generated e-mails from platforms like Dropbox when you share a file or folder there.  We have received a couple of those from partners with a link to open the file they shared with us.  Those are by far the scariest to me because the most recent round looked real enough and were from partners we actively engage with, so I'm sad to say it got me and one other employee in our office before we caught onto the fact that it was a phishing attack.

Now we are all hyper vigilant until unfortunately we aren't some time in the future and we start all over again...sigh.


Partner IDP Webinar

Pacific NCDEA
 

This comes to us via Melissa Higbee, NCDEA Vice President.

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Good afternoon,

 

If there are employees who missed the Partner IDP webinar on Wednesday, October 30th,  they will be able to navigate to the course page https://aglearn.usda.gov/course/view.php?id=48115 and view the recording as well as download the files.

 

Please forward the information to your designated states for their information.

 

If there are questions or concerns, please let me know.

 

 

Thank you,

 

Melissa Higbee, Vice President

National Conservation District Employees Association


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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion #dei

Tom Salzer
 

I would love to hear what kinds of conversations are occurring in conservation districts around the country on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Now that NACD has issued a position statement it seems like an opportunity to continue talking about how we can make our conservation delivery system better for all.

I look forward to reading your thoughts!

Tom


Re: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion #dei

Craig Nelson
 

We have had limited conversations during our staff meetings for two reasons.  First they are remote and I think we're all still trying to get comfortable with discussing some topics (particularly emotionally sensitive topics such as this one) from a remote platform.  Secondly, I am looking for ideas on how to have a productive conversation that leads to true change.  So I'm looking for ideas on how to start and conduct a conversation that helps us implement individual and team changes that helps us to open ourselves to a stronger diversity in members and actions.


Re: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion #dei

Jeremy Baker
 

East Multnomah SWCD invested fairly early in guided, professional training for our staff which took some of the weight off of deciding how to go about implementing a process.  Staff started internally with an equity team (which included staff and a Board member) focused on identifying ways we could educate ourselves.  As you’d expect, it started with an internal self - assessment (the basis of any good plan).  Once staff had made some significant headway in identifying options, we reached out to our Board with a plan of action which, in turn, brought them on board as well.    

 

This has resulted in several hours of all staff (and board) training on DEI, the drafting of an EMSWCD Equity Statement, in process drafting of a DEI plan, monthly small group staff meetings focused on a DEI topic (selected by our Equity Team).  The guided trainings were excellent in helping relieve staff of having to figure out how to have difficult conversations.  And they are difficult, but they are very necessary and they are eye opening.  On a personal note, I think our staff benefited greatly from us all taking the initial training together.  It provided us all with a space to learn, listen, question, engage, and grow. 

 

More detailed information can be found on our webpage; https://emswcd.org/about/equity/

 

 

 

 

 

I hope this helps.   

 

 

Jeremy

 

 

Senior Rural Conservationist

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

5211 N. Williams Ave.

Portland Oregon 97217

503-935-5361

www.emswcd.org

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You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about it’s width and depth.   -  Evan Esar

 

 

 

 

 

From: main@ncdea.groups.io <main@ncdea.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Salzer
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7:54 AM
To: main@ncdea.groups.io
Subject: [ncdea] Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion #DEI

 

I would love to hear what kinds of conversations are occurring in conservation districts around the country on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Now that NACD has issued a position statement it seems like an opportunity to continue talking about how we can make our conservation delivery system better for all.

I look forward to reading your thoughts!

Tom


Re: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion #dei

Jeremy Baker
 

Hi Tom,

 

Just wanted to follow up on my last email outlining some of the steps we’re taking to implement DEI in to our work.  While letting folks know what we’re doing, I neglected to mention that we’re not at all finished but we’re certainly engaged, to the point that DEI is baked in to EMSWCD processes and procedures.  We’ve been sure to make time in everyone’s work plans to accommodate this work (and learning process) and we’ve added an equity lens to our current ED job announcement and hiring process.  I can’t say if we’re getting it all right or not but we’re assuredly on a path.    

 

 

Jeremy

 

 

 

From: main@ncdea.groups.io <main@ncdea.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Salzer
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7:54 AM
To: main@ncdea.groups.io
Subject: [ncdea] Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion #DEI

 

I would love to hear what kinds of conversations are occurring in conservation districts around the country on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Now that NACD has issued a position statement it seems like an opportunity to continue talking about how we can make our conservation delivery system better for all.

I look forward to reading your thoughts!

Tom


Re: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion #dei

Tom Salzer
 

No worries.  I recognize that it's a journey with a destination that may always be just ahead of us as we travel.  

In a WACD Board meeting today so I'm jumping back to the meeting.  *Thank you* for replying and I hope all is going well for you!

Tom

On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 10:03 AM Jeremy Baker <jeremy@...> wrote:

Hi Tom,

 

Just wanted to follow up on my last email outlining some of the steps we’re taking to implement DEI in to our work.  While letting folks know what we’re doing, I neglected to mention that we’re not at all finished but we’re certainly engaged, to the point that DEI is baked in to EMSWCD processes and procedures.  We’ve been sure to make time in everyone’s work plans to accommodate this work (and learning process) and we’ve added an equity lens to our current ED job announcement and hiring process.  I can’t say if we’re getting it all right or not but we’re assuredly on a path.    

 

 

Jeremy

 

 

 

From: main@ncdea.groups.io <main@ncdea.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Salzer
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7:54 AM
To: main@ncdea.groups.io
Subject: [ncdea] Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion #DEI

 

I would love to hear what kinds of conversations are occurring in conservation districts around the country on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Now that NACD has issued a position statement it seems like an opportunity to continue talking about how we can make our conservation delivery system better for all.

I look forward to reading your thoughts!

Tom



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