Information for Volunteers

 Message from NRCS Chief Jason Weller

Acting 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, 70 Earth Team volunteers installed livestock fencing and planted 1,200 trees around Muddy Creek near Dayton, Virginia, helping to protect the banks from erosion and keeping nitrogen and phosphorous out of the Chesapeake Bay.

In Arkansas, volunteers helped us process more than 200 applications for our Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative, helping us get more conservation on the ground in the Mississippi River Basin.

After devastating wildfires, Longmont, Colorado, volunteers assisted with education and outreach during rehabilitation efforts.

In the past fiscal year alone, more than 19,000 Earth Team volunteers donated more than 305,000 hours of their time to NRCS. That’s work valued at more than $6.6 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
Acting Chief, NRCS

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 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