Volunteers: A Vital Part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service
Volunteering has always been a cornerstone of America’s soil and water conservation movement. It formally began in the 1930s with the organization of local conservation districts. Then, as now, people volunteered their time and talent as district supervisors to assist the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in getting conservation practices on the land. In expanding the volunteer concept, Congress passed legislation in 1981 which allowed NRCS to use volunteers in all of its programs.
In 1986, the National Volunteer Program became known as the “Earth Team”, the volunteer arm of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The primary purpose of the Earth Team is, and always has been, to expand NRCS services by using volunteer time, talent, and energy to help meet agency needs.
The Earth Team is now an organized and recognized part of NRCS’s operations. NRCS employees at the national, regional, state, and local level recruit and utilize volunteers for a wide variety of activities.
As it was in the beginning, the Earth Team is looking for volunteers who have an interest in conserving natural resources.
For more information on volunteering for the Earth Team, call 1-888-526-3227 or visit the agency’s website.
Volunteer Needs in Lincoln, Nebraska
Purpose/Mission of the National Soil Survey Center
To provide soils program technical leadership and coordination, and state-of-the-art soil survey technology, standards, data, and expertise to NRCS and its national and international partners.
Job Title/Description: Laboratory Aid
Assist laboratory technicians doing various routine tasks such as weighing samples and assisting scientists. If you are interested in working in a laboratory environment, this is the job for you! We will provide on-the-job training. Available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Minimum 2-hour shifts. Need 5-7 volunteers throughout the year.
Job Title/Description: Office Assistant
Perform routine clerical tasks such as data entry, word processing, telephone answering, and collating. Seeking persons that are self-motivated and have keyboarding/typing skills. Available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Minimum 2-hour shifts. Need 5-7 volunteers throughout the year.
Linda Bouc, Volunteer Contact
USDA, NRCS, National Soil Survey Center
Federal Building, Room 372
100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, NE 68508-3866