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MCDEO is an organization of the employees of Conservation Districts in the state of Montana.

Conservation Districts do a wide variety of important work conserving natural resources across our beautiful state.

As the employees of these CDs, we are the people in the offices doing the bulk of the work–We are the face of the Conservation District and interact with the public and our partners. We sell & plant trees, process 310 permits, host youth education events, producer workshops, implement restoration projects, and much more.

The EO mission is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Conservation District Employees in these important positions by providing peer support, training, and other resources. These resources are provided through membership dues and an annual fundraiser event at the MACD Convention in November, and through many volunteer hours from EO Officers and members.  The pages and blog posts on this website provide information on:

  • Financial concerns and QuickBooks
  • Social Media and Technology
  • Educating with Online Content
  • Handbooks
  • Resources specific to new employees
  • News about events and upcoming training

Whether you’re a new employee stepping into an office with 30 years of disorganized files, or a seasoned employee looking to strengthen your QuickBooks skills, we are here to say “you are not alone”.

We encourage you to visit the message board on this website. It is a resource that we think will be very helpful as a place to ask questions and get answers, and to save those Q & As for future administrators. It’s only a valuable archive if it gets used, so please ask away!  If you have questions, you can send an email out on the list serves that are managed by the MACD at and (second one is used when there is a government shutdown, and during the COVID 19 pandemic primarily).  These emails are archived.


Employee Training

Every other spring, we host a two-day statewide training that features a variety of topics for administrators.

Upcoming Training

Past Training Resources



We have a network of people with skill sets that can help admins conquer any challenges they face

EO Leadership




Every professional knows the importance of relationships with others in the field.

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