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The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is a branch of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The NRCS assists farmers and forest landowners to protect the soil, water, and other natural resources on their land. Located in almost every county within the United States, the NRCS employs almost 12,000 people.
The NRCS is an equal opportunity employer and provider. Within the NRCS and other agencies of the USDA, Special Emphasis Programs (SEPs) have become established as a component of the Equal Employment Opportunity Program. SEPs were set up to address the unique concerns of members of certain groups in achieving diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. An LGBT SEP has been established to address the concerns of LGBT employees within the NRCS, as well as the concerns of LGBT individuals applying for NRCS programs.
The specific purpose of the LGBT program is to provide LGBT awareness and education to NRCS employees and partners while focusing on such issues as employment, retention, promotion, training, career development, and advancement opportunities affecting NRCS employees and program applicants. Some goals of the program are to ensure LGBT individuals receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment, to encourage the participation of LGBT populations in all NRCS programs, and to educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of LGBT workplace issues and concerns.
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