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The Orleans County Natural Resource Conservation District (OCNRCD) was established in 1946 as a non-regulatory organization led by local landowners. We strive to protect natural resources by seeking solutions to local environmental concerns and providing resources to address them.

Our current focus is to support Orleans County communities and landowners in their efforts to improve water quality issues. Our extensive partnerships with state, federal and local organizations enable us to coordinate resources locally to support conservation land use practices.


Orleans County NRCD seeks a part-time Business Operations Manager to join our growing, highly functioning and mission driven team in meeting our strategic goals. Do you have experience managing farm or business books? Are you comfortable with using online management software? The ideal candidate is an organized, positive professional with strong communications, financial management and administration experience. This new internally focused position’s basic function is to deliver business management needs to support our work with landowners for the protection of Orleans County natural resources. With room for creativity and growth, responsibilities include: 1. Provide operational and administrative tasks and clerical office assistance to staff.  2. Lead financial operations. 3. Meet open meeting laws for board meetings. 4. Work on special projects.

The ideal candidate can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the organization, brings a local community network, shared passion for stewardship of natural resources and has knowledge and/or practical working landscape experiences. The position is based out of our office in Newport VT in a hybrid shared office workstation. Bachelor’s degree is ideal but not required and at least 3 years of related work experience.  Orleans County NRCD offers staff a supportive work environment with a goal of meeting our clients needs as well as the wellbeing of our staff.  

To learn more, find the position description here.

All applications submitted before June 17th will be considered, with later applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled.

To apply please send your cover letter and resume as one PDF to


First, we bid a fond farewell to two members of our Board of Supervisors, Pat Sagui and Tim Buzzell. We thank them for their contributions, totaling over nine year of service! We will miss their valuable insights and support.

And we are thrilled to pass the torch to FIVE new members: David Fox, Alyssa Conn, Chris Steel, Emily Dehoff, and Bruce Urie. Not only are they fascinating people, but they also bring a passion for conservation and a suite of skills that is sure to be deeply impactful. You can read  their bios in our Spring and Summer Newsletters and on our “meet the board and staff” page.

Orleans county farners doing good conservation work

The Farm at Wheeler Mountain — owned and operated by Orleans County NRCD board chair, Joanna Lidback — has been focusing on conservation efforts since 2017. They have been implementing BMPs with assistance from OCNRCD staff and with technical and financial support through the USDA NRCS Memphremagog RCPP program. Check out the farms accomplishments in this one pager.

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Mission Statement

Protect and enhance the soils and waters of Orleans County by providing leadership, education and services for implementation of sound land stewardship practices.

Contact us:

59 Waterfront Plaza
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-6090 x 7008

Upcoming Events:

Saturday April 27th 9-12:00: Volunteer tree planting in Greensboro.

Saturday May 4th 9-12:00: Plant Sale Pick Up Day and Conservation Fair.  

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Get the latest news and learn how Orleans County NRCD is conserving natural resources in Vermont. To sign up and view past newsletter, click here.

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Conservation Success Stories!

Orleans County NRCD highlights local farmers who reduced their nonpoint source pollution by installing best management practices that have measured phosphorous runoff reductions in Orleans County watersheds!

Click here to read the Jones Farm conservation practice adoption success story.

Click here to read the Morin Farm over 85% phosphorus reduction success story.

Click here to read the McCormick Farm 50% phosphorus reduction success story.

“I don’t think people realize the effect that these projects can have on the environment.”
Amanda McCormick


“We are getting more milk and better quality since we completed all this work”, this is their third year of getting a quality milk award. Overall, the project “has brought us closer together as a family.”

I don’t think people realize the effect that these projects can have on the environment.”

Chad McCormick


“The project improved the farm because the cows are out of the mud, there is more room to feed in one place, it is easier to maintain, it helps my manure management, it looks a lot nicer and the work benefits the local waters because the cows are not going in the stream whenever they want.”
Andre Morin