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Earth Team Volunteers

They are Making a Difference in California!

What is the Earth Team?

In 1981, Congress authorized the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly the Soil Conservation Service, to accept volunteers to increase soil and water conservation efforts, and to do this by working closely with Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

In California, the Earth Team is a growing volunteer workforce making a difference. The concept of Earth Team includes not only volunteers, but also NRCS staff and Resource Conservation Districts. The mission of the Earth Team is to provide an effective volunteer workforce within NRCS to help people conserve, improve and sustain our resources and environment.

Volunteers can help expand efforts in soil and water conservation. Anyone 14 years or older and interested in saving our precious soil and water can join the Earth Team. Volunteers may work part-time, full-time, outdoors or in an NRCS office.

What Can You Do?

Earth Team Volunteers help on the Land, in the Community and in the Office.


On the Land

In the Community

In the Office

  • Soil Mapping

  • Surveying

  • Water Sampling

  • Establishing Wildlife Habitat

  • Native Grass Seeding

  • Resource Inventories

  • Conservation
    Practice Layout

  • Planting Trees

  • Conservation Planning

  • Photography

  • Conservation Education

  • Writing

  • Special Tours & Fairs

  • Conservation
    Youth Groups

  • Outdoor Classrooms & Nature Areas

  • Public Speaking

  • Drafting

  • Computer Data Entry

  • Map Interpretations

  • Typing

  • Telephoning

  • Editing

  • Reception

  • Filing

For more Earth Team program information, contact your nearest coordinator. Map of CA Office Locations




Address/Phone Number

E-mail Address

State Coordinator

Pam Hertzler

2135 Wardrobe Avenue, Suite C
Merced, CA 95341
Telephone: (209) 722-4119
Fax: (209) 725-2964

State Office Coordinator

Alejandra Luna

430 G Street, #4164
Davis, California 95616
Telephone: (530) 792-5708
Fax: (530) 792-5796

Area 1 Coordinator

Jenna Brazil

3644 Avtech Parkway, Suite C
Redding, CA 96002
Telephone: (530) 226-2502
Fax: (530) 226-2567

Area 2 Coordinator

Carmen Johnson

3800 Cornucopia Way
Suite E
Modesto, CA 95358
Telephone: (209) 491-9320, x 112

Area 3 Coordinator

Genett Carstensen

680 Campus Drive, Suite E
Hanford, CA 93230
Telephone: (559) 584-9209
Fax: (559) 584-8715

Area 4 Coordinator

Holly Shiralipour

4500 Glenwood Drive, Building D
Riverside, CA 92501
Telephone: (951) 682-3956
Fax: (951) 682-5934

For more information on the Earth Team Volunteer Program, visit the National NRCS Earth Team Volunteers Web site.