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Ohio Earth Team Volunteer Program

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The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of NRCS and we are making a difference in every county in the nation. The primary purpose of the Earth Team volunteer program is to expand NRCS services by using volunteer time, talent, and energy to help accomplish the NRCS mission. At the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), we are very proud of our Earth Team volunteers commitment to conservation.  In Ohio, 4,669 volunteers contributed 38,051 hours in fiscal year 2017 alone. 

“Volunteers play an important role in Ohio’s conservation work,” said Terry Cosby, NRCS State Conservationist in Ohio. “This valuable resource contributed a service value of more than $918,550 in 2017.  This allows us to stretch our available resources and help us put additional conservation practices on the ground. Their volunteer efforts help us improve our land and wildlife habitat, clean our water and air, and help us improve the environment for all Ohioans.”

NRCS partners with conservation groups to identify natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion and water quality issues, and develops unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting natural resources. Earth Team volunteers are an integral part of the conservation partnership and each member takes pride in the fact that they are helping to improve our natural resources and environment.  Earth Team volunteers work side-by-side with conservation professionals. The soil conservationists, technicians, scientists, wildlife biologists, engineers, accounting and administrative staff are all committed to helping people protect and conserve the earth's natural resources.

Ohio Volunteers Are Making a Real Difference

Read the stories of how our volunteers make a real difference every day.

National Volunteer Week

Thank you to our volunteers for the service they provide. 

You Can Make a Difference Too:

When you sign up as an Earth Team Volunteer, you are on your way to becoming a caretaker of natural resources in your community. When you volunteer, you may assist with improving wildlife habitat, collecting soil samples, identifying areas with invasive species, providing conservation education to adults and students, community outreach, and many more interesting opportunities. Whatever your talents or interests might be, there is a volunteer opportunity for you with the Earth Team.

Please complete the Earth Team Volunteer Interest and Placement Summary and Earth Team Application to get started as an Earth Team volunteer.  In order to view and complete this form, you will need Adobe Reader.

Mail your completed forms to:
State Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator
200 North High Street, Room 522
Columbus, Ohio  43215


Program Contact

Dianne Johnson
State Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator