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Welcome to the
Natural Bridge SWCD

To represent the public providing local leadership in the conservation of natural resources.


To be a productive and cooperative entity meeting the conservation needs of our district, acting in harmony with the environment.


The purpose of the SWCD is to give citizens the structure and the capability to solve conservation problems at a local grassroots level.  The idea of forming local conservation districts grew out of public concern for the conditions of our Natural Resources in the early 1930’s.  Poor farming practices, abuse of farmland, and unusually harsh weather caused massive soil erosion. The incentive for such problem solving began with the Dust Bowl/Depression era when people began to realize that land and water were precious resources to be carefully managed. 

The Natural Bridge SWCD joins 47 other Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state of Virginia, and similar districts nationwide.

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About Us


The Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation District was formed in 1939 and is the fourth oldest district in the state. A soil and water conservation district is a governmental subdivision of the state which is responsible for conservation work within it’s boundaries.  The purpose of this subdivision is to focus attention on land, water, and related resource problems.  Soil and Water Conservation Districts enlist and coordinate help from public and private sources to deal with local conservation issues and provide technical expertise to assist the community in protecting its natural resources. 


Conservation Technician

Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District 


Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting applications for the position of Conservation Technician. The successful candidate for this full-time position will implement the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share Program for the district. The successful candidate will work closely with other staff members to carry out program deliverables in support of the Commonwealth’s water quality goals. Education and/or experience in conservation planning, agriculture, natural resources and/or environmental science is preferred. The successful candidate will have or be willing to obtain conservation planning certification from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The successful candidate must be a team player, possess excellent communication and computer skills, be well organized, and self-motivated. The candidate must have a valid Virginia driver’s license. Employment is conditional upon successful completion of a federal background check.


Salary range for a Conservation Technician based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include paid sick and annual leave, paid holidays, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, and employer paid healthcare coverage. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and completed Commonwealth of Virginia Application for Employment Form (DHRM Form 10-12, available at to Jennifer Huffman at . Application review will begin June 6, 2023 and the position will remain open until filled.  


Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District serves Rockbridge County, the city of Lexington, and the city of Buena Vista. District staff provide technical, educational, and financial assistance to support local conservation efforts. For more information about the district, visit


Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation District employment opportunities, programs, and services are offered to all on a nondiscriminatory basis regardless of race, color, religion, sex, parental status, national origin, age, disability, or veteran’s status.

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