My name is Jenny Templeton, a 12-year NRCS employee in Accomac, VA. My conservation career began as a BMP/Education Technician for the Soil & Water Conservation District in the area I grew up in western Virginia. After several years in that position, I knew that I was on the right career path, and I applied for and was hired as a Soil Conservation Technician position in Lexington, VA. Not having all of the necessary courses needed to become a Soil Conservationist, I went back to school and received my Master of Science in Agricultural and Life Sciences from Virginia Tech. I then decided to make a move and applied for and was hired as a Soil Conservationist in Accomac, VA, on the complete other side of the state.
After being a Soil Con for 9 years, I am now District Conservationist in Accomac, VA. I've been involved in several NRCS extra-curriculars throughout my career, including serving on the NEDC Instructor Cadre, participating in the agency-wide mentor program, serving in several acting details, serving on Virginia's Program Development Committee, serving on Virginia's Civil Rights Advisory Committee as Women's Special Emphasis Program Manager, participating as a member in VA's Soil Health Outreach Committee, and participating in various other committees and groups.
I began my WiN journey several years ago, when the group was just forming. I would again like to be more than just a member of WiN, and provide networking, education, and employee-development opportunities to other WiN members. As Southeast Regional Rep, I will use my past experiences, leadership and training skills, and goals for the future to provide WiN members support throughout the region.