Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9AM-5PM M-F

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

Laura Grape,
Executive Director

Careers and Internships

staff photoThe Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its boundaries are the same as those of Fairfax County, home to nearly one million people. Founded in 1945 by citizens concerned about conserving natural resources, NVSWCD is now one of 47 conservation districts in Virginia and approximately 3,000 nationwide. The agency is governed by a five-member Board of Directors who employ seven staff to carry out the organization's technical and educational programs. 

The agency's goal is to promote clean streams and protected natural resources. We achieve this through effective leadership, technical assistance and outreach programs in collaboration with government, industry, and the public. 

NVSWCD is not a regulatory agency. Instead, the agency provides conservation information, technical services, educational programs and volunteer opportunities to residents on many aspects of water quality, nonpoint source pollution and stream health. We also connect residents with environmental initiatives and opportunities through our Watershed Calendar and other online listserves and our seasonal newsletter, Conservation Currents. 

The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Its programs, activities and employment opportunities are available to all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or political affiliation. 

Open Positions with NVSWCD

Limited Term Urban Conservation Specialist

The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) is seeking an enthusiastic and organized team player to fill our limited term Urban Conservation Specialist I position to support the District’s Conservation Assistance Programs (CAP).  The CAP promotes the use of conservation-based landscape practices and energy efficiency retrofits in the Northern Virginia area. To learn more about the CAP please visit Conservation Assistance Programs | Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District ( This position may not exceed 1,560 hours per year (0.75 FTE). The term may be extended depending on workload, performance, and availability of funds. The individual in this position is not eligible to participate in NVSWCD’s benefits package, earn leave, or receive holiday pay. For more information on this role, please see the full position description. Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to by 5:00 PM, Friday, November 19, 2021.

Internships with NVSWCD

Spring 2022 Environmental Outreach Internship

Spring term, 22 weeks, 20 hrs/week, $15/hr. This spring internship position will support the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District’s outreach and engagement programs. Through these efforts, we reach thousands of people and have a deep impact on the Fairfax County community. NVSWCD’s interns work in a professional setting and acquire practical experience in data collection and management, as well as the development of programmatic guidance, execution of education and engagement programs, and informational or promotional materials for various audiences. For more information, please view the Spring 2022 Environmental Outreach Intern Position Description. Interested applicants should email their resume accompanied by a cover letter and contact information for two references to by Friday, December 10, 2021.



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