In 1981, Congress authorized the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly the Soil Conservation Service, to accept volunteers to increase soil and water conservation efforts, and to do this by working closely with Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
In California, the Earth Team is a growing volunteer workforce making a difference. The concept of Earth Team includes not only volunteers, but also NRCS staff and Resource Conservation Districts. The mission of the Earth Team is to provide an effective volunteer workforce within NRCS to help people conserve, improve and sustain our resources and environment.
Volunteers can help expand efforts in soil and water conservation. Anyone 14 years or older and interested in saving our precious soil and water can join the Earth Team. Volunteers may work part-time, full-time, outdoors or in an NRCS office.