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From Volunteer to NRCS Employee

Earth Team Volunteer hired as NRCS employee The nice thing about volunteering was that he got to see all aspects of the NRCS and decide if there was something he would be interested in. More (PDF 600 KB)






Retired Soil Scientist still working with NRCS

Earth Team volunteer, Willie Terry, delivers schoolroom demonstration.  Soil Scientist Willie Terry signed up to be an
  Earth Team Volunteer the day he retired from the
  NRCS in Mississippi. More(PDF 1521kb)




Work Study Student Volunteers with NRCS

Volunteer with Lt. Govenor and state conservationistWhen high school student Jackie Goodwin contacted Connecticut NRCS to accomplish her senior year work study, she had no idea what was in store for her. More (PDF 330 KB)



Earth Team Volunteer Shares his experience    

Volunteer with NRCS employees As an Earth Team Volunteer, I recently had the exciting opportunity to explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in Northern Minnesota with a team of NRCS soil scientists...  More  (PDF 1281 KB)




Students Volunteer in West Virginia

volunteer in field

Last year, three student volunteers helped the Grant
County West Virginia NRCS assist area landowners... More (PDF 768 KB)






Volunteer uses Google Search to find Earth Team.

Volunteer with Earth Team banner

Who would have ever thought a simple Google search to find out about volunteer opportunities in Minnesota would lead to the Earth Team? More (PDF 393 KB)





 State Archaeologist volunteers

Dr. Nick Bellatoni

Connecticut NRCS is lucky to have a long-term relationship with archaeologist, Dr. Nicholas F. Ballantine. Through an agreement with the State,...More (PDF 283 KB)





Wounded Warrior Helps NRCS 

Volunteer talking with land owners

Veteran Soldier John Crawson will always remember the year
of 2012. It was the year he received the heroic Purple Heart
Award following an injury... More (PDF 1,075 KB)




Student discusses Earth Team experiences

Volunteer and her dogWisconsin high school senior Katyra Von Ruden discusses her Earth Team activities and duties she performed while volunteering. More (PDF 528 KB)






Local Farmer Gives Back

Elizabeth HunterEarth Team volunteer Elizabeth Hunter says farming is in her blood. Growing up, her maternal grandfather was a farmer, and her paternal grandfather was a veterinarian, so she always had a strong love of animals and the land. More (PDF 393 KB)




 Intern Utilizes Earth Team for Degree Requirements

Wisconsin volunteer Jill EwersTo fulfill an internship requirement for her degree, Earth Team Volunteer Jill Ewers completed clerical work for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at the Area Office in Richland Center, Wisconsin. More (PDF 268 KB)




Volunteer Helps Communication with Producers

Montana volunteer at deskAs a well-known community member, local producers trust and respect Earth Team Volunteer Clay Crawford. More (PDF 671 KB)




 High School Senior Earns Class Credit

South Dakota Volunteer Kala DavisKala Davis has been an Earth Team volunteer at the Rapid City, South Dakota NRCS Field Support Office for the past year and it all started as a high school class credit. More (PDF  KB)




 Earth Team Helps Individual Get Back into the Workforce

Voulnteer in officeMeet Doyle Easter, an Earth Team Volunteer who has been answering phones and greeting office visitors 25 hours a week for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). More (PDF 209KB)





Volunteer has just the right amount of patience!

volunteer picturePatience is a virtue when tedious work is necessary,
and one Earth Team Volunteer has just the right
amount. More (PDF 186 KB)




Having another set of Hands Help!

volunteer kneeling in grassThe Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Field Office in Homer, Alaska was fortunate to have
the help of student, Katie Schmidt as an Earth Team
Volunteer. Schmidt volunteered her time... More (PDF 242 KB)



Volunteers Help With Fish Habitat

Group picture of Wisconsin Interns in waterYouth Conservation Crew team up with the Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Committee, as Earth Team Volunteers, to help install large woody debris fish habitat... More (PDF: 726 KB)




Volunteers working together to help protect local water quality

Speaker at watershed conference

Producers of the Mississippi River-Winona Watershed in
Minnesota volunteered their time at the 2012 Watershed
Citizen Summit to discuss concerns...More(PDF 541 KB)



Volunteer creates Order out of Chaos

MT volunteer working in office

Mena Limpy-Goings' talent has made the staff at the Billings, Montana field office more efficient...More(PDF 640 KB)




Volunteers bring Happiness to Office

Kansas volunteers at luncheon celebration

The Kansas Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Office has received assistance from Earth Team Volunteers including creating materials for... More(PDF 654 KB)




Retirees Help Preserve Indiana's Conservation History

Retiree studing old slides

Nine SCS/NRCS retirees volunteered to sort through approximately 3,000 slides... More(PDF 1093 KB)




Magician teaches Conservation

Magician on school stage

For years, Paul Cash has been using magic to teach students of all ages about conservation.  In 2012, some schools were unable...More (PDF 931 KB)




Office benefits from Volunteers skills

Volunteer in office

For more than five years, Earth Team Volunteer Pat Johnson has been a great asset to the NRCS in Montana especially... More (PDF 749 KB)




Volunteers Glean Watermelons!

people laoding watermelonsIn just one week, the Scott County USDA Service Center
in Missouri coordinated two watermelon gleaning events,
donating a total of 33,552 pounds of fresh produce to local
food banks.    More (PDF: 1,125 KB)


Student Volunteers While Working Toward Engineering Degree

Volunteer posing with State Conservationist and Assisstant Conservationist

Danae Bray is an Earth Team volunteer working with engineering
staff in NRCS offices near Bozeman, MT. More(PDF 700 KB)




2007 Individual National Award winner Still Enjoys Volunteering

Volunteer working in the officeAlthough Kayla Higgins has lived in a small Montana county
her entire life, she continues to meet local producers and
landowners she’s never encountered before. More(PDF 651 KB)



Volunteers Collect Leftover Crops

Volunteers harvest excess potatoesLast summer, NRCS offices throughout the country received a challenge; states were asked to plan... More(PDF 605 KB)




Student Volunteer Assists in Montana    

Volunteer working in office filingGrace Milanowski started volunteering regularly at the Havre, Montana NRCS field office in October 2011 when she moved to the state.     More(PDF 64 5 KB) 




Volunteers help with Conservation Education

Volunteers teaching kids about conservationNRCS, in partnership with the Humphreys County Soil Conservation District in Tennessee, hosted the 16th annual Environmental Field Day. More(PDF 798 KB)




Sixteen Years and Counting...A Dedicated Volunteer

Volunteer working in field

In 1996, a Soil Conservationist in the NRCS Havre field office in
Montana approached Don... More(PDF 842 KB)





Student chooses NRCS to fulfill volunteer requirement

picture of a Montana volunteerRiley Singer has been an Earth Team volunteer at the Hardin,
Montana NRCS Field Office for the past year. Singer has assisted the office
with numerous activities including surveying, workshop
mailings and well monitoring. Each time he comes... More(PDF 719 KB)


College Volunteers Helping NRCS Spread the Word

Pacific Island Expo paticipantsVolunteers and the NRCS Saipan field office staff recently participated
in an annual environmental expo. More(PDF 870 KB)





Volunteer becomes integral part of soil surveys 

men out in a field in CaliforniaRobin Roberts, Earth Team Volunteer, has become an
integral part of the soil surveys in the San Joaquin Valley
of California. He is the author of... More(PDF 953 KB)



Celebrating USDA 150th Anniversary with volunteers

Volunteers and expo participantsNearly 20 Earth Team Volunteers and the Saipan field office
staff in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
(CNMI) celebrated the 150th anniversary of the USDA by...More (PDF 762 KB)



Exceptional Indiana Volunteer uses Geography Skills

Indiana Volunteer Sandra Smith Sandra Smith is an exceptional Earth Team Volunteer in Indiana who assisted the NRCS and the Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) with a number of tasks for the South Fork Wildcat Creek Watershed Management Project (SFWCP).  More (PDF: 745 KB)


Montana Citizen Makes for an Exceptional Volunteer

Montana Volunteer Gordon HaugenWhen you’re looking for a biologist and a guy who can get things done, you’re glad to have the assistance of a volunteer like Gordon Haugen.     More (784 KB PDF)




Bikes, Bananas and Conservation--An Annual Iowa NRCS Partnership

Bicyclists eating bananasEach July, more than 9,500 people pedal across the state of Iowa, covering a total distance of more than 400 miles in just seven days. The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) attracts cyclists from across the globe. More (1,400 KB PDF)



California Retiree Donates His Time

Volunteer explaining to school kidsJoe Evans recently retired from Oregon NRCS, but continues to stay involved
by donating his time and experience as an Earth Team
volunteer. More (765 KB PDF)



Arkansas Volunteers Maintain People's Garden

Men working in gardenA new USDA “People’s Garden” in Van Buren County, Arkansas has given fresh, nutritious food to food banks during the summer when food is needed most. More (975 KB PDF)




Volunteers make Soil Babies

NRCS employees with 2 senior volunteersSoil babies are constructed of knee-high hose, rye grass seed, soil, and decorations. After placing the seed in the toe of a knee-high (to grow grass hair), soil is packed in to
form a ball.  More (1.63 MB PDF)




Volunteering leads to NRCS Employment

NRCS Employee MuldowneyIt may have taken 19 years for Loren Muldowney to become a NRCS employee, but in her mind it was worth the wait! Muldowney became employed by NRCS Marshall, Minnesota Area Office in 2011 as a Water Quality Specialist. A career with NRCS is something she had long desired and her dream finally
came true! More (733 KB PDF)