What is the Earth Team?
In Fiscal Year 2013, Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service reported 55 percent of offices benefited from 18,543 service hours from Earth Team Volunteers. These hours were captured through employee’s outstanding abilities to recruit, retain, and promote the program.
Alabama has a nationally recognized Earth Team volunteer program. We have won national Earth Team awards for many years. Ten times in 16 years (1991-95, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2013) Alabama won the National NACD/NRCS Earth Team Award! In 1991, we won the National Chief's Cup Volunteer Service Award and in 2013 we received the National Earth Team Chief’s Field Award for the Southeast Region.
We are proud of our Earth Team, the individuals from all walks of life who volunteer to help NRCS and conservation districts carry out our conservation missions.
Volunteers help farmers, ranchers, and other private landowners with conservation practices and projects that reduce wind and water erosion, improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, and reduce flooding. They also help people of all ages learn about conservation through hands-on educational activities.
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. Your commitment to the Earth Team will help ensure that generations to come will enjoy America's bounty.
How Can I Join?
Anyone 14 years of age or older that are interested in conserving our precious natural resources, can join. You can work part-time or full-time, evenings or weekends, outdoors or in a local NRCS office. You can volunteer as an individual, or join or form a group.
How Can I Help As A Volunteer?
As an Earth Team volunteer, you will work with professionals on conservation activities in your community. Whatever your talents or interests, there is a volunteer opportunity for you.
You can help professional conservationists who are working directly with farmers and ranchers:
To plan, lay out, and design conservation practices
To make natural resource inventories
To improve wildlife habitat
Helping Schools and Communities
You can assist elementary and high school, college and universities. Through camps and classes, you can introduce young people to the wonders of nature. Organizations, youth groups, professional societies, and civic groups are joining together to sponsor water quality education campaigns, community beautification, and erosion control projects. Through cooperative Earth Team efforts, you can help solve many natural resource problems in your area.
Organizing conservation tours and exhibits
Speaking to community groups
Producing artwork and publications
Office Support Services
NRCS or your conservation district needs your talents and clerical assistance in many lines of exciting work.
Computer data entry and programming
Typing, filing, and answering phones
Educating others about natural resource conservation
Alabama NRCS Earth Team Coordinators (as of Oct 2014)
Rodney Goode– State Earth Team Coordinator: Bessemer, AL, 205-424-9990 ext. 106
Alice Love- State Office Earth Team Coordinator: Auburn, AL, 334-887-4550
Suzanne Baucom– North Team Earth Team Coordinator: Huntsville, AL, 256-523-1696
Norris Hudnall– Central Team Earth Team Coordinator: Bessemer, AL, 205-424-9990
Tammy Davis– East Team Earth Team Coordinator: Troy, AL, 334-566-2302 ext. 119
Deborah Sloat– West Team Earth Team Coordinator: Grove, AL, 251-275-3185
The Earth Team Success Stories
Conservation: Our Purpose, Our Passion Volunteer Spotlight (will open in a new window)
Some of the following stories may require Adobe Acrobat.
Volunteer Services Agreement for Natural Resources Agencies for Individuals or Groups fillable form (of301A.pdf)
There are opportunities for everyone!
What in the world are you going to do?
THE EARTH TEAM NEEDS YOU--JOIN TODAY!
For more information about volunteer opportunities e-mail Rod Goode, Alabama State Volunteer Coordinator or phone: 205-823-6400.