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NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Program

The job of conserving natural resources cannot be done by government alone. The collective talents and energies of private individuals and groups are needed. Since 1981, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has provided an opportunity for volunteers to use their talents and abilities on behalf of conservation. these volunteers are known as the "Earth Team"

You can make a difference!

From the Desk of the State Conservationist

NRCS Honors Volunteers During National Volunteer Week 2015

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18. This is the time that we give special recognition to our Wisconsin Earth Team volunteers and express our appreciation for their dedicated service and commitment to conservation. NRCS is proud of the volunteers who have committed their time and talents to conserving and protecting our natural resources

Created in 1985, the Earth Team program offers many opportunities to individuals interested in helping improve the Nation’s natural resources. The NRCS theme for this year puts it best: “Volunteers Improve Today for Tomorrow.”  Their volunteer efforts help us in many ways and play an important part in our mission of “Helping People Help the Land.”

Earth Team volunteers take on a variety of assignments and many tell us they find their volunteer work enjoyable and personally very rewarding. Please join me in thanking the volunteers that have given their time, talent and energy to NRCS over the past year. We are truly grateful or their assistance to the agency!

Jimmy Bramblett, State Conservationist Wisconsin

National NRCS Employee Award Winner Earth Team 2015

Scott Mueller – WISCONSIN – Central Region

NRCS Employee AwardScott Mueller the Assistant State Conservation Engineer in Wisconsin is a mentor for seniors in the College of Ag and Life Sciences.  Scott participates and works directly with the Biological Systems Engineering classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to recruit for student volunteers.  Seniors are required to complete a Senior Design Project to graduate.  The Earth Team volunteer program offers these students a valuable opportunity to experience real-world engineering.   This real world experience is very beneficial for the students and NRCS.  Gaining this valuable training and experience with NRCS as a volunteer has helped many students secure career positions in the conservation field.  Scott’s optimistic attitude is contagious for the students that come to volunteer and know and work for him.  NRCS is fortunate to have Scott as a mentor to these student volunteers.

Read more about more of the National Award Recipients here.

National Earth Team Volunteer Website

The National Earth Team volunteer office is located in Urbandale, Iowa. For more information call 1-888-LANDCARE.  Let a friend know!  

Why be a Volunteer?

As a member, you could gain professional experience, discover a lifetime career, receive training, earn academic credit, work on conservation activities in your community, and help conserve natural resources for future generations.

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.

Help reduce soil erosion, conserve our water and improve its quality, carry the conservation message to schools, and take pride in our country's natural resource heritage. Whatever your talents or interests, there is a volunteer opportunity for you.

How Can You Get Involved?

Volunteer with the Earth Team. You will help your community, your country and our Earth.

Volunteers write articles for newsletters, take photos of conservation practices, learn computer and office skills through on-the-job training, prepare and staff environmental exhibits for special events, assist with engineering design and drafting, plan conservation practice field demonstrations, mark fields on soil maps, measure crop residue, or work with professional staff on a variety of projects.  What are your ideas?  We would love to hear them!

Earth Team Volunteer Coordinators in Wisconsin

Contact one of these coordinators to inquire about opportunities in their areas of Wisconsin.