When a district hires an employee, the district is subject to the legal responsibilities of being an employer. There are a number of required personnel obligations and compliance requirements ranging from hiring practices to tax reporting. It is important to have well defined district policies and procedures, trained staff, and directors knowledgeable in personnel matters.

Because of the complexities of employing others, conservation districts should consult as many resources as possible. For specific questions, conservation districts should consult legal counsel or a personnel management professional.

Commonly requested examples relating to personnel management are available below. These are samples of other districts' work and are not recommendations. Any examples downloaded will need to be customized and edited to your district's needs. Additional examples are available by contacting the SWCD Program.


Oregon Business Guide: Employer's Guide for Doing Business in Oregon

Oregon Employer's Guide

Oregon Soil and Water Conservation District Guidebook

SWCD Guidebook to operations and management, updated October 2016. SWCD Guidebook

Personnel Management Handbook for Conservation District Directors and District Managers


​​Tools and examples

Employee salary range from Jackson SWCD

Example salary range resolution

Employee vs. Independent Contractor, IRS 20 Factors Test

IRS 20 Factors Test

Fact Sheet: SWCD District as Employer

SWCD District as Employer handout

Personnel Policy of Jackson SWCD


Safety Committees and Meetings from OSHA


Seven Questions for 1-on-1 Staff Meetings from East Multnomah SWCD


Volunteer Agreement with Workers Comp from SDAO


Volunteer Agreement without Workers Comp


Job descriptions

Assistant Bookkeeper/Front Office from Marion SWCD

Example job descriptions Document

District Manager position description from Yamhill SWCD

Example job descriptions District Manager position description example

Natural Resource Conservationist from Jackson SWCD

Example job descriptions Document

Office Coordinator from Clackamas SWCD

Example job descriptions Example job description for office coordinator



Eric Nusbaum
SWCD Operations Specialist
Phone: 541-688-0396