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The Thurston Conservation District is seeking qualified candidates among Thurston County residents that reside within the district boundaries and have interest in serving the people of Thurston County.  This is an elected position vacancy (Position #3), which expires in May 2017. 

The selected candidate will become part of a volunteer five-person Board of Supervisors, who serve without compensation.  The Board is responsible for setting and maintaining overall district policies and initiatives regarding the management and conservation of natural resources within the district boundaries. 

Candidates must registered to vote and be either a Thurston County landowner or farm operator within the Conservation District boundaries.  The board is seeking a demonstrated team player that is willing and able to commit up to 20 hours a month, posesses a passion for preserving natural resources, and can serve the remainder of the term (through May 2017).


The following skills, qualifications and expectations are required for this position:

a) Willingness and ability to work and communicate effectively with a team;

b) Willingness to fully participate in board discussions and decisions in
     open, public meetings;

c) Willingness and ability to be respectful of Staff and other Supervisors;

d) Functional knowledge of Conservation Districts;

e) Willingness and ability to meet all Supervisor requirements set forth in the
     Board of Supervisors Authorities & Responsibilities policy;

f) Willingness and ability to participate in various leadership roles, if needed,
     such as special committees or board officer position;

g) Willingness and ability to represent the District to other public entities and
     policymakers upon request of the board;

h) Willingness and ability to complete both the Washington State Conservation
     Commission and district orientations within 30 days of assuming office; 

i) Willingness and ability to complete the Open Public Meetings Act and
     Public Records Management training within 90 days of assuming office;

j)  Having a basic working knowledge of email and internet; and

k) Willing and able to serve the best interest of the citizens of Thurston County, with the ability to put aside personal issues and grievances. 


Thurston Conservation District's Board of Supervisors Roles & Responsibilities policy


To apply, please electronically submit a completed APPLICATION and a resume by June 15, 2016 (4:30pm), to our Executive Director, Kathleen Whalen at Resume is not to be any longer than two pages. Note: Application materials must be submitted electronically. They can not be submitted in person.

Applicant interviews will be conducted at Board’s June monthly meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 2016 meeting, beginning at 2 pm.


The Washington State Conservation Commission certified Thurston Conservation District's 2016 Board of Supervisor Election. Welcome aboard Aslan Meade!
In addition, the Washington State Conservation Commission re-appointed Thurston CD Board Supervisor Eric Johnson. Congratulations Eric!


Conservation District elections procedures are set by the Washington State Conservation Commission and are governed under WAC Chapter 135-110.  For more information, please contact the Bill Eller at the Washington State Conservation Commission at 360.407-6200 or

For more information about the details of the 2016 Thurston Conservation District election, please contact the Thurston Conservation District Election Supervisor, Kathleen Whalen at 360.754-3588, x114 or

For more general information about Conservation District elections in Washington State, please click here.



Supervisors are public officials who direct the activities of the conservation district, identify local conservation needs, set priorities, and oversee the implementation of plans to conserve soil, water, wildlife, and other renewable resources.

Five members comprise TCD's Board, each serving three-year terms, without compensation. Three of the five Supervisors are elected by registered Thurston County voters, and two are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. David Hall, Samantha Fleischner,  serve in two of the three elected supervisor positions. The third elected position is currently vacant, and TCD is seeking applicants to fill this position.  Doug Rushton and Eric Johnson serve in the appointed positions. 




For more information, please contact Kathleen Whalen: or 360-754-3588 ext 114

Thurston Conservation District

2918 Ferguson St SW, Suite A

Tumwater WA 98512


Thurston Conservation District Boundaries Map

Conservation District Elections Policy Manual