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Rensselaer County Soil & Water Conservation District

USDA Service Center

Department of Agriculture & Life Sciences Building

61 State Street, Troy, NY 12180


Office:  (518) 271-1740 Extension 3



Rensselaer County SWCD Board of Directors:

Chairman: David Schmidt, Grange Representative

Vice Chairman: Charles Peter, RC Legislator

Secretary: Todd Tesman, RC Legislator

Treasurer: James Sullivan, Member At Large

Ken Herrington, Farm Bureau Representative


SWCD Staff:

District Manager

Tom Sanford

Mobile:  (518) 823-8391

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District Agronomist Technician

Nick Halford, CCA  

Mobile:  (518) 428-7827

District Conservation Technician

Megan P. Myers, PWS, CLP, CSE

Mobile:  (518) 380-0384

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Staff:

District Conservationist

Dianna Stanton

Office:  (518) 271-1740 ext. 3

Mobile:  (518) 598-2344


The Rensselaer County SWCD accepts internships during most summer seasons.  To apply for a summer internship, please e-mail a cover letter, resume and three (3) references to   Vacancies are posted at

Our partner, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), may also have internship opportunities.  To seek internship opportunities available within USDA NRCS, please e-mail or check out .

Laura Bornt, Intern 

SWCD Dry Hydrant Program Specialist

B.A. Environmental Studies Major, Siena College

The photograph below is of  one of the 2020 Rensselaer County SWCD  Summer Interns, Natalie Shudt.  Here, she's using soil compaction equipment to test agriculture land.  

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Drew Hoag, Intern

A.S. Ag Business, SUNY Cobleskill

B.A. Wildlife Management Major, SUNY Cobleskill

The photograph below is of one of our 2020 Rensselaer County SWCD Summer Interns, Laura Bornt, in the field on agricultural land learning how to use survey equipment with USDA NRCS Engineers.


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