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Earth Team Frequently Asked Questions

About the Earth Team Volunteers

We need your help in reducing soil erosion, conserving our water and improving its quality, and developing pride in our country's natural resource heritage. Your commitment to the Earth Team will help ensure that generations to come will enjoy America's bounty.

The Earth Team, the volunteer arm of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is now recruiting volunteers in more than 3,000 locations across the country. Make a difference in your community -- become an Earth Team Volunteer.

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone 14 years of age or older and interested in conserving our precious natural resources can join the Earth Team.  You can work part-time or full-time, evenings or weekends, outdoors or in a local NRCS office.  You can volunteer as an individual or form/join a group.

Why Volunteer

As a member of the Earth Team, you will work side-by-side with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service professionals who are committed to helping people protect and conserve the Earth's natural resources.

As a volunteer, you could have opportunities to gain professional work experience, discover a lifetime career, receive training, earn academic credit, fulfill service learning requirements, and meet people with similar interests.  Whatever your talents or interests might be, there is a volunteer opportunity for you.

Working together we can make a difference!

What Our Volunteers Do

As an Earth Team Volunteer, you'll work with professionals on conservation activities in your community Whatever your talents or interests, there is a volunteer opportunity for you. Technical assistance is needed to plan, lay out, and design conservation practices; to make natural resource inventories; and to improve wildlife habitat. Schools and community groups benefit from the conservation tours and exhibits that volunteers can organize. Taking photographs writing articles, speaking to community groups and producing artwork and publications are some of the opportunities available. Office support services include opportunities in computer data entry, typing, filing, computer programming, and conservation information. There are opportunities for everyone.

Where Volunteers Can Help

On the Land - with professional conservationists who are working directly with farmers and ranchers.

In schools - with elementary and high schools, college and university students. Through camps and classes, you can introduce young people to the wonders of nature.

With organizations - youth groups, professional societies, or civic groups. All types of organizations are joining together to sponsor water quality education campaigns, community beautification, and erosion control projects. Cooperative Earth Team efforts can help solve many natural resource problems in your area.

In offices - where NRCS or your conservation district may want to use your talents for clerical assistance, organizing information in a computer, preparing newsletters, or educating others about natural resource conservation.

Maryland NRCS has field offices in 23 counties across Maryland, the National Plant Materials Center in Beltsville, and the District of Columbia field office. 

How to Get Started

Contact

  • Nora De La Rosa
    State Volunteer Coordinator
    Phone:  443-482-2907
    Email:    nora.delarosa@usda.gov
  • Contact your local NRCS field office
  • Call 1-888-LANDCARE (888-526-3227)