Better Ground

Puget Sound Conservation Districts Caucus

We’re here to serve you.

Conservation districts have served Washington state for more than 75 years. This rich history bloomed from the dedicated staff, partners, and leaders working with conservation districts throughout the decades. In 2006, the twelve Puget Sound conservation districts (PSCDs) joined together, forming a collaborative, regionally-focused caucus.

Our shared vision is a future in which private land managers and local residents are actively engaged in building community, stewarding natural resources, and playing an essential role in restoring and maintaining a healthy and productive Puget Sound and Salish Sea. 

Regional Programs and Services of the Puget Sound Conservation District Caucus

To enhance the collective capabilities and capacity of PSCDs and to assist regional partners in understanding the scope, scale and strength of the PSCD system, the Caucus has compiled a comprehensive portfolio of the Puget Sound-wide programs and services that addresses the region’s high priority natural resource concerns on multiple scales – from individual parcels to watersheds to the entire Puget Sound region. Individual program areas are described in the following sections.

We work toward our vision by

Aligning our conservation programs with regional priorities

Ensuring consistency in technical programs across boundaries

Engaging residents in actions that protect & enhance natural resources

The best way we can better our community is by working together and pooling our resources. Better Ground is meant for all of us.

Check out what we've accomplished since 2016.

Positions for Hire

Working in conservation is a great opportunity to become more familiar with the land.

Forest Resource Planner

Snohomish and Whidbey Island Conservation Districts are seeking a Forest Resource Planner to deliver natural resource planning services to landowners throughout Snohomish County, Camano Island, and Whidbey Island, working alongside the Forestry Program Manager and the Agroforestry Program Manager. This role, jointly serving two conservation districts, will provide forestry and agroforestry technical assistance, planning, and implementation support to landowners and residents. A successful candidate will have strong Pacific Northwest ecological knowledge, a diverse background in natural resource management, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively with excellent communication skills. The tasks included in this job description span a wide range of disciplines; we seek an individual who has the capability to quickly gain expertise in new areas in order to fulfill the full project role. We hope to find a Forest Resource Planner who is passionate about natural resource conservation and supporting landowners and stakeholders in forest management and agroforestry practices.

Key qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in Forestry or natural resource/environmental field and a minimum of three years of professional level experience in forestry, forest management, silviculture, or agroforestry. Alternative combinations of education and work experience will be considered.

This position is open until filled and initial review of applications will begin Monday, May 1, 2023.

Working in conservation is a great opportunity to become more familiar with the land. There are no regional positions currently open for the collaborative PSCD. Please check your District’s website to find any local job listings available.

Puget Sound Conservation Districts Regional Forestry Pilot Program

We’ve launched a Regional Forestry Program! Our program is funded through the Puget Sound National Estuary Program. See our process for prioritizing our work and our Engagement Strategy for reaching out to forest landowners.