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Resources for CDs

Annual Financial Report to the Department of Administration

Mill Levy

Audits and Reviews

Filing thoughts

Administrator Timelines and Duties

Grant Billing/Reports/Tracking


  • New Personnel-Procedures
  • Payroll Procedures
  • Evaluation Process Sample
  • Timesheet sample 1
  • Timesheet sample 2
  • Something to remember is that if your CD is co-located in a USDA building, there are forms to fill out. Speak with your District Conservationist to get more information
  • Montana Public Employees Retirement Administration (MPERA) runs the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).  Districts are eligible to participate if they’d like.  There are forms required.  Please contact MPERA at 1-877-275-7372

Accounting Tools

QuickBooks Specific




The Employee Handbook is a more thorough take on what we CD Employees do.  However, for those new to the office, we wanted a more succinct “First Week on the Job” crash course.  Tenlee Atchison at the Cascade Conservation District put this together for the November 2020 EO Meeting as a draft.  After some edits were completed, here’s the final version.

We’re hoping to get a hard copy of this in each CD office across the state.  In the meantime, add this to the “list” for the person who may replace you.

Field Guide Final

2021 Draft Employee Handbook-Under Revision!

Send comments and recommendations for changes to

Employee Roundtables

One of the positive results of the Covid 19 Pandemic was an increase in virtual meetings and trainings.  While Conservation District Employees have always met, it was usually only quarterly for Areas, or semi-annually or annually at the Spring Board meeting and MACD Convention.  Born of the Covid pandemic, the Roundtables happen on a monthly basis, on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10 am.  The meeting link is sent out via email to those on the MACD Administrator and MACD Alternative Administrator list serves prior to each Roundtable.

If you’re interested in presenting on any of these topics or to get on the list for the meeting link, contact Chris Evans at or call 406-449-5000 ext. 3884.

The draft list of topics for 2022 are:

May-Project Planning/Funding/Management: the Montana State Procurement requirements and how they apply to Conservation Districts–Hailey Graf, DNRC CDB
June-will not have one this month since it falls during the Spring Board meeting

The Topics below may be pre-empted by some other opportunities-stay tuned!
July-310 Permitting: legal scope; 310’s vs. Water Rights (when is it our jurisdiction vs. the other entities);
August-Technology Use for CDs: Best WordPress plugins, tips and trick with tech, social media use, webpage management and WordPress.
September-Cost Share Programs-pros & cons and ideas for a program
October-all things personnel related
December-Basics & Partners: Back to basics-All the acronyms, partners, the EO, District Operations



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