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Information for Volunteers

 Message from NRCS Chief Jason Weller

NRCS Chief Jason Weller

Our Earth Team volunteers are an integral part of our agency. They graciously donate their time and energy to helping us advance our mission.

For example, this past year, 40 Earth Team volunteers contributed 300 hours to remove debris and plant more than 100 trees at the headwaters of Smith Creek, Virginia, protecting the banks from erosion and helping prevent excess nutrient runoff to local waters.

In Indiana, volunteers helped NRCS staff process more than 300 highly erodible land determinations, expediting the conservation compliance process for local farmers.

Volunteers helped with education and outreach on projects that are improving water quantity and quality for wildlife and residents in the Colorado River Corridor.

In the past fiscal year alone, more than 22,000 Earth Team volunteers donated more than 330,000 hours of their time to NRCS. These hours are valued at more than $7.3 million.

To our Earth Team volunteers, and the NRCS staff across the country that make our Earth Team volunteer program a success, thank you for your efforts.

Jason Weller
NRCS Chief

 

The Earth Needs You - Join Our Team!

The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of the Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS and we are making a difference in every county in the nation.

NRCS partners with conservation groups and others to ensure private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges like climate change. Working side-by-side with farmers and ranchers, the NRCS identifies natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion and water quality issues, and develops unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting resources.

Earth Team volunteers are an integral part of the conservation partnership and each member takes pride in the fact that they maintain and improve our natural resources and environment on private lands.

The job of conserving our natural resources cannot be done by the government alone.  We need your help in reducing soil erosion, conserving our water and improving its quality, and developing pride in our country's natural resource heritage.

Who Are Connecticut's Volunteers?

Cultural resources site with Dr. Bellantoni Posing with Lt. Governor Wyman and NRCS State Conservationist Coverdale Earth Team volunteers out in the field. Earth Team volunteers digging a soil pit.
Earth Team volunteer making soil monoliths. Earth Team volunteer out in the field. Earth Team volunteer working with soils staff in field. Earth Team volunteer working in soils lab
ET volunteer painting soil monoliths. Volunteers receive instructions for the streamwalk near the Farmington River. Earth Team volunteer holding certificate of appreciation Volunteers working on canoe ramp in Brookfield, Connecticut
Earth Team volunteers working in field. Earth Team volunteers at work. Earth Team Volunteer Kate DePietro
Earth Team volunteer assists during survey.

What are Some Examples of Jobs They Do?

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 volunteer as an individual or form or join a group.  We have opportunities in every state.

On the Land In the Community In the Office
Soil Mapping Conservation Planning Drafting
Surveying Photography Computer Data Entry
Water Sampling Conservation Education Map Interpretations
Establishing Wildlife Habitat Writing Typing
Native Grass Seeding Special Tours and Fairs Telephoning
Resource Inventories Conservation Youth Groups Editing
Conservation Practice Layout Outdoor Classrooms and Nature Areas Reception
Planting Trees Public Speaking  Filing

Working Together We Can Make a Difference!

Contact Connecticut's State Volunteer Coordinator

Carol Donzella
USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service
51 Mill Pond Road
Hamden, CT 06514-1703
(203) 287-8038, Ext. 100