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NRCS is proud of the dedicated Earth Team volunteers and staff who have committed their time and talents to conserving and protecting our natural resources. Since Congress passed legislation in 1981 permitting NRCS to use volunteers, the Earth Team volunteers have expanded conservation services by utilizing their time, talents, and energy to help NRCS accomplish its mission. 

Earth Team Requirements

Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older and are people like you--professionals, nonprofessionals, retirees, and students-- who are interested in conserving natural resources. Hours can vary from part time to full time. Depending on the project, volunteers accomplish their work during the week day, evenings or on weekends.

Indiana Volunteer Opportunities

  • Wetland Expert for Video Scripts - Statewide (PDF; 275 KB)
    Do you have a passion for writing and knowledge about wetlands?  Do you enjoy the outdoors and working with people?  Become a Volunteer Wetland Video Series Scriptwriter and use your writing skills to document wetland conservation topics for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

  • Photographer - Statewide (PDF; 200 KB) 

    Do you enjoy capturing people, nature, and objects with photography? Do you have a passion for the outdoors and working with people? Become a Volunteer Photographer and use your camera skills to document stunning landscape, conservation practices, and landowner interactions for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

If you are interested in one of the listed volunteer opportunities, please contact Kris Vance at:

Volunteer Guidance Documents

If you are a volunteer looking for more information on the Earth Team program, please contact your local USDA service center.

Regional Earth Team Volunteer Coordinators

Need more information about Earth Team Volunteers in your area?  Please contact your regional coordinator for more assistance.

State Volunteer Coordinator
Kris Vance
Indianapolis, IN

Northwest Area Coordinator
Randy Dickson
Rensselaer, Indiana
219.866.8554 Ext. 8

Northeast Area Coordinator
Amanda Kautz
Goshen, Indiana
574-533-4383 Ext. 3

Southwest Area Coordinator
Betsy Wilkinson
Rockport, Indiana
812-649-9136 Ext. 3

Southeast Area Coordinator
Ruth Hackman
Salem, Indiana
812-883-3006 Ext. 3