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Earth Team Volunteers

NRCS needs people who are willing to commit their time and talents to conserving and protecting soil, water, and wildlife for their communities and everyone in them. The Earth Team offers opportunities for individuals with a variety of talents and interests to help us keep Virginia's water and air clean and make our land more productive for humans and wildlife. As a member of our team, you can work on conservation activities in your hometown and protect natural resources for future generations!

Why Become A Volunteer?

Earth Team volunteers have one thing in common: they want to help protect the natural resources in their communities.  These volunteer hours can also help you:

  • Spend more time outdoors
  • Help others
  • Learn a new skill
  • Complete school projects
  • Meet high school community service requirements
  • Enhance college and scholarship applications

You can also gain valuable work experience that can help accelerate your career in the various fields of natural resources conservation. About 10 percent of Virginia NRCS employees began their careers as Earth Team volunteers.

Virginia Earth Team Committee

Virginia Earth Team Committee (left to right by row from top) Kendall Tyree, Georgia Solseth, Marcie Cox, Wendy Mears, Donna Heidel, Cynthia Morgan, Debbie Bullock, and Barbara Bowen.

Who Can Volunteer?

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

How Can You Help?

Earth Team volunteers write articles for newsletters, take photos of conservation practices, learn computer and office skills through on-the-job training, prepare and staff environmental displays for special events, assist with engineering design and drafting, plan conservation practice field demonstrations, mark fields on maps, measure crop residue, and work with professional staff on a variety of projects.

National Earth Team Volunteer Program

The National Earth Team volunteer office is located in Urbandale, Iowa. For more information, call 1-888-526-3227 or visit their website.

Virginia Earth Team Volunteer Coordinators

Contact Barbara Bowen, Acting State Volunteer Coordinator, at 804-287-1679 to learn more about the Virginia Earth Team Program. The area coordinators listed below can also provide information about local volunteer opportunities. (Click on map for enlarged view.)

Map of Earth Team Coordinator Coverage Areas