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Earth Team Volunteer Program

Illinois Earth Team Volunteers

CONSERVATION... Our Purpose. Our Passion. Our Volunteers - Lighting the Way!

NRCS is proud of the dedicated Earth Team volunteers and staff who have committed their time and talents to conserving and protecting our natural resources.



It shall be the mission of the earth Team to provide an effective volunteer workforce within the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help people conserve, improve, and sustain the Earth's resources and it's environment.

About the Earth Team:

Why be a Volunteer?

People volunteer with the Earth Team for a lot of reasons, but all Earth Team Volunteers have one thing in common: they want to help protect the natural resources in their communities. Other reasons people volunteer include:

  • to enjoy working outdoors
  • to help others
  • to learn a new skill
  • to pursue an interest in natural resources
  • to gain work experience
  • to complete a school project
  • to meet high school community service requirements
  • to enhance college applications and scholarship applications with volunteer service

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone who is 14 years of age or older can volunteer their services to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

What Kind of Jobs Volunteers Do:

  • Conservation Education
  • Natural Resource Inventories
  • Water Monitoring
  • Computer Assistance
  • Surveying
  • Clerical Assistance
  • Administrative
  • Soil Science



Illinois Earth Team Newsletter



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December 2009 Not available PDF (307 kb) Not Available

Want to Be An Earth Team Volunteer?

IL NRCS State Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator Carzella Pritchett

Meet some of Illinois' Earth Team Volunteers!

Illinois Earth Team Contacts:

Carzella Pritchett
State Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 217-353-6651

State Office & MLRA Office Coordinators

Jean McConkey, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 217-353-6635

Coordinator, Areas 1

David Webber, Area 1 Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 618-453-5640 

Coordinator, Areas 2

TBA, Area 2 Volunteer Coordinator

Area 3 Coordinator

Allison Anthe, Area 3 Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 815-942-0359 ext. 121

Area 4 Coordinator

TBA, Area 4 Volunteer Coordinator

Area 5 Coordinator

Karla Shaffner, Area 5 Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 217.345.3901 x102


Earth Team Forms

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Earth Team Application (Individual & Group) Form (PDF, 417 kb)
Earth Team Volunteer Interest & Placement Summary (PDF, 451 kb)
Earth Team Time & Attendance (PDF, 408 kb)


For more Earth Team Information:

Contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service Office or call 1-888-LANDCARE.  Let a friend know!  

National Earth Team Volunteer Website