​​​​​​​​​SWCD Training Week: Feb. 18-26, 2021

With the election of new directors, the SWCD program usually travels to various parts of the state to provide an orientation for new directors and a refresher course on various legal obligations for every board member. This year, due to travel and meeting restrictions, the training will be held virtually over a several-day period with many sessions being held on multiple occasions to accommodate different schedules. There are sessions for new and returning directors, managers, and staff. 

There is no need to sign up ahead of time. Just use the link below for any of the sessions. If you have any questions or would like to have something in particular addressed at any of the sessions, please call Eric Nusbaum at 503-510-8930.​

All sessions will be held via Go-To-Meeting and use the same Go-To-Meeting link. You may use your computer audio or call in using the toll-free number.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/409125277
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
Access Code: 409-125-277

Schedule of trainings

​Click on title for details;​ times are Pacific. 

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Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour, 30 minutes

This session is for both new directors and directors who wish for a general refresher course on the basics of the legal responsibilities of being an SWCD director. The session will cover what it means to be a director, what you can and cannot do as a director, how your district interacts with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the basics of Ethics, Public Meeting, and Public Record Laws. This session will be repeated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 and 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. There will be similar session focused on new employees at noon Wednesday, Feb. 24. Directors will still find that session useful if they cannot make any of the other three sessions.
​​Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour

This training will look in detail at the complexities of holding an Executive Session — what you can and cannot hold executive sessions for and how to conduct them. Violations of Executive Session law can lead to costly fines and legal costs for the district and individual board members; it is important to ensure you know how to appropriately hold your executive sessions. There will be time for asking questions and discussion. This session will be repeated at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.
​​Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour

This session is for managers only or with prior permission from Eric Nusbaum. A similar session for everyone will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22.

Learn simple tools for managing your time and stress! The emphasis is on small changes you can make for your work day to be less stressful and more efficient. There will be time for managers to discuss issues at their particular district and get advice and guidance from their peers.

​Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour​

A deeper and more advanced look at Public Meeting Law than will be presented in the New Director and Employee Trainings. This session would be particularly helpful to managers and administrative staff who deal with setting up meetings, providing agendas and notices, and prepare minutes. There will be time for answering and discussing questions from the participants.

​​​​Led by Ellen Hammond — 1 hour​

This session is for directors, managers, and staff who would like to know how the Department’s Agricultural Water Quality Program operates and works with SWCDs. This will include looking at area plans and rules, the compliance program, Strategic Implementation Areas (SIAs), monitoring, and other areas of interest. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. This session will be repeated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour

Learn simple tools for managing your time and stress! The emphasis is on small changes you can make for your work day to be less stressful and more efficient. There will be time for everyone to share their own tips and tricks.​​

​Led by Courtney Shaff and Tara Choate — 1 hour

Grant Payment Coordinator Tara Choate and Interim Business Operations Manager Courtney Shaff will go over 10 Tips and Tricks for easy and reliable SWCD Capacity Reporting. Topics include how to easily use OWEB’s Request for Funds Form, what information is necessary on the Expense Tracking sheet, budget category tips including allowable costs under travel and food, and the best way to get answers to the question “What category is that?” This session will be repeated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

​Led by Tyler Manitsas — 30 minutes

The Agricultural Drainage Channel Maintenance (ADCM) program authorizes maintenance activities without a Removal-Fill permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) in dry, traditionally maintained channels under certain circumstances.  The ADCM staff developed a new notice-based process that landowners and irrigation, drainage, and other water control districts must use if they are interested in agricultural maintenance of eligible ditches and streams that drain agricultural lands. Tyler will give a brief explanation of the program followed by questions and answers.

Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour​

A deeper and more advanced look at Ethics Law than will be presented in the New Director and Employee Trainings. This session would be particularly helpful to managers and board chairs who may be in the position of monitoring the actions of their board members or employees for possible ethics violations. There will be time for answering and discussing questions from the participants.


​​Led by Courtney Shaff and Sandi Hiatt — 1 hour

For the 2021-2023 SWCD Operating Capacity grants, districts will be applying through OWEB’s Online Grant Management System​.  This training will provide an overview of OWEB’s online grant application system and provide a preview of the SWCD Operating Capacity online application. This session will be repeated at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour, 30 minutes

This session is for both new directors and directors who wish a general refresher course on the basics of the legal responsibilities of being an SWCD director. The session will cover what it means to be a director, what you can and cannot do as a director, how your district interacts with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the basics of Ethics, Public Meeting, and Public Record Laws. This session will be repeated at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. There will be a similar session focused on new employees at noon Wednesday, Feb. 24. Directors will still find that session useful if they cannot make any of the other three sessions.

​​Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour, 30 minutes​

This session is for employees new to the SWCD world or to being a public employee.  The session will cover what it means to be a public official, how your district interacts with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the basics of Ethics, Public Meeting, and Public Record Laws. This session is similar to the New Director Orientation sessions. New employees will find those sessions useful if they cannot make this employee-oriented session.

​Led by Courtney Shaff and Tara Choate — 1 hour

Grant Payment Coordinator Tara Choate and Interim Business Operations Manager Courtney Shaff will go over 10 Tips & Tricks for easy and reliable SWCD Capacity Reporting. Topics include how to easily use OWEB’s Request for Funds Form, what information is necessary on the Expense Tracking sheet, budget category tips including allowable costs under travel and food, and the best way to get answers to the question “What category is that?”

​Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour​​

This training will look in detail at the complexities of holding an Executive Session — what you can and cannot hold executive sessions for and how to conduct them. Violations of Executive Session law can lead to costly fines and legal costs for the district and individual board members; it is important to ensure you know how to appropriately hold your executive sessions. There will be time for asking questions and discussion. ​

​​​​​​Led by Courtney Shaff and Sandi Hiatt — 1 hour​​​

For the 2021-2023 SWCD Operating Capacity grants, districts will be applying through OWEB’s Online Grant Management System. This training will provide an overview of OWEB’s online grant application system and provide a preview of the SWCD Operating Capacity online application. ​

​Led by Ellen Hammond — 1 hour

This session is for directors, managers, and staff who would like to know how the Department’s Agricultural Water Quality Program operates and works with SWCDs. This will include looking at area plans and rules, the compliance program, Strategic Implementation Areas (SIAs), monitoring, and other areas of interest. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion.


​​Led by Jan Lee of OACD, Jeremy Baker of OCEAN, and Marganne Allen of ODA — 1 hour

OACD: Oregon Association of Conservation Districts
OCEAN: Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network
ODA: Oregon Department of Agriculture

If you are new to the conservation and SWCD world, these organizations and how they relate to each other may be unfamiliar. This will be an opportunity to hear from each organization about their current activities and relation to each other. There will be time for questions and discussion.



​Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour

A deeper and more advanced look at Public Record Law than will be presented in the New Director and Employee Trainings. We will look at changes in the law over the past couple of years and have time to answer and discuss any questions that the participants have.

​​Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour, 30 minutes

This session is for both new directors and directors who wish a general refresher course on the basics of the legal responsibilities of being an SWCD director. The session will cover what it means to be a director, what you can and cannot do as a director, how your district interacts with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the basics of Ethics, Public Meeting, and Public Record Laws. There will be a similar session focused on new employees at noon Wednesday, Feb. 24. Directors will still find that session useful if they cannot make any of the other three sessions.

Led by Eric Nusbaum — 1 hour

This session is for managers only or with prior permission from Eric Nusbaum.

One of the most important and yet challenging jobs for managers is providing the support for your employees to do the best job possible, yet many of the SWCD managers have no experience or training in employee coaching. This session will provide some simple and useful skills and tools to help you coach your employees. There will be time for managers to discuss issues at their particular district and get advice and guidance from their peers.

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​Contact

Eric Nusbaum
SWCD Operations Specialist
Phone: 503-510-8930
Fax: 541-688-0724

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