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Volunteer - Earth Team

Volunteers Improve Today for Tomorrow

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.

About the Earth Team:

Mission:

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 its environment.

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.

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What Kind of Jobs Volunteers Do?

  • Conservation Education
  • Natural Resource Inventories
  • Water Monitoring
  • Surveying
  • Soil Science

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Want to Be An Earth Team Volunteer?

NH NRCS State Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator Shari Cohen or call 603-868-7581.

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Earth Team Forms:

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For more Earth Team Information:

Still need to know more? call 1-888-LANDCARE.  Let a friend know!  

Contact the National Earth Team Office
Michele Brown, National Volunteer Coordinator, (888) 526.3227 ext. 102

National Earth Team Volunteer Website

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Earth Team Volunteers help restore New England Cottontail Habitat

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Let’s Glean!

What Is Gleaning?

Gleaning is simply the act of collecting excess fresh foods from farms, gardens, farmers markets, grocers, restaurants, state/county fairs, or any other sources in order to provide it to those in need.

Benefits of gleaning include:

·         Reduces unnecessary wasting of quality food items
·         Facilitates access to fresh and nutritious foods to individuals and families who cannot find or purchase them regularly
·         Fosters relationships between community members, farmers, gardeners, and local agencies

Would you like to be part of a gleaning effort in your area?  New Hampshire needs you! Contact Shari Cohen.

 

                            Get involved in your community!                Area Administrators, log your hours here.

 

Examples of Earth Team Volunteers at work:

Types of Work

  • Four high school students worked with NRCS and Conservation District employees and others to install 1' x 20' fiber rolls along the shoreline of the Connecticut River in North Haverhill as part of an erosion control project. 

  • An environmental consultant assisted with the 5th Annual Soil Judging Contest for high school students which gives students an awareness of soil properties and how they affect different land uses. 

  • Students and adults have been taking part in a water table study at four sites in Coos County. 

  • A UNH student developed a database to collect information from towns that have used the New Hampshire Method for the Comparative Evaluation of Nontidal Wetlands.

  • Students from a special needs class in Laconia assist the Belknap County Conservation District with general clerical duties.

  • A payroll clerk is assisting the NRCS cartographer digitizing information for maps and in the process is learning about the geographic information program. 

  • On the land - With a soil conservationist volunteers help landusers plan conservation projects or take field surveys. Best of all, they see how their conservation work cares for our natural resources. 

  • In schools - Earth Team volunteers teach students about conservation. Through outdoor classrooms, they teach urban students how to stop erosion in schoolyards. 

  • With organizations - Earth Team volunteers help youth groups, churches, garden and service clubs, and other organizations learn about ecosystem management. They teach them that plants, animals, soil, water, and humans are interdependent, or show them how to turn abandoned eroded land into a nature center or playground. 

  • In offices - Volunteers can keep offices organized, put together newsletters, and keep people up-to-date about local conservation issues.