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2016 Earth Team Volunteer Spotlights


Central Team

AmeriCorps | Bessemer, Alabama

The AmeriCorps routinely volunteer for the Urban Forestry and Conservation Fair as well as the Water Festival, both hosted by the Jefferson County Conservation District. They provide a range of assistance from acting as assistant coordinators, class guides, activity presenters and assistant presenters. These events would not be as successful without their wonderful assistance. We are so glad to have them as volunteers each year.

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Jesse Adams

East Team

Jesse Adams | Clayton, Alabama

Jesse Adams has covered a lot of ground as a first year Earth Team Volunteer in Alabama. In a very short time, Jesse has donated more than 350 hours of service to his local community. Under the guidance of NRCS staff in the Clayton, Alabama field office, Jesse has had the opportunity to assist in the field and help educate other youth about conservation. Some of Jesse’s activities include: Measuring land with GPS, walking fire lanes, measuring acres in ArcGIS, assisting in checkouts and planning of forestry practices and recording locations of gopher tortoise burrows. Jesse has also assisted presenters at agricultural field days and with the annual groundwater festival in Barbour County. Keep up the good work, Jesse!

Princess Love

State Office

Princess Love | Auburn, Alabama

Princess Love is an Earth Team volunteer in the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s state office in Auburn, Alabama.

She donates several hours of service to the Outreach Program during her breaks from school at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.  Her services include attending various outreach activities throughout the state and ensuring every attendee receives available informational materials as it relates to USDA Programs.  Also, she collects an accurate record of all event attendees.

Rahonda Everett

North Team

Rahonda Everett | Huntsville, Alabama

Mrs. Rahonda Everett is a retired school teacher who has been instrumental in helping her local community through her committment to volunteerism.

At the Environmental Education Association of Alabama's (EEAA) Annual Conference at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL,  Mrs. Rahonda Everett, joined Kathy Walker (Madison County SWCD), Deb Widner and Kathy Holmes (Cullman County SWCD) in making several presentations to the attendees at that conference. Mrs. Everett was able to align all of our presentations to the state curriculum for the teachers. 

During her teaching career, she had an awesome Outdoor Classroom at her school and was honored several times for her excellent teaching.  She presently volunteers at her grandchildren’s school, AMRV RC&D as a Board Member, and here for us for all kinds of activities.  "We feel very honored to have such a wonderful person donate so much of her time to us," said Kathy Walker.


2015 Earth Team Volunteer Spotlights

Charles Kilgore is an Earth Team volunteer.

State Office

Charles Kilgore | Charles began volunteering with NRCS in the Auburn state office in January 2015. Before this internship, Charles says he knew very little about the function and purpose of NRCS. However, because of his time with NRCS, Charles has decided that he would like to pursue a career with the agency as a Soil Conservationist. Learn more about Charles.

Nydia Gonzalez is an Earth Team Volunteer.

State Office

Nydia Gonzalez | Nydia is a student at  Beauregard High School which is located in Beauregard, Alabama. Nydia currently volunteers with USDA’s Soil Survey Region 7 Team.  She enters critical data into a national soils database along with other duties as assigned. Learn more about Nydia.

Taurean Morrow is an Earth Team Volunteer.

North Team

Taurean Morrow | Taurean is a graduate student at Alabama A&M University studying business administration and he also serves in the National Guard.  Taurean has worked with the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District by helping out wherever he is needed. Learn more about Taurean.