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2018 National Volunteer Week BannerWho are Earth Team Volunteers?

We are volunteers "Helping People Help the Land".

The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of the Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS, and we are making a difference.

For over 25 years our Earth Team places our volunteers with local producers and neighbors to assist in Natural Resource Conservation. NRCS Earth Team began in 1985 when Congress passed legislation, Section 1526 of PL97-98, Food and Agriculture Act, allowing our federal agency to have volunteers. This volunteer effort was organized as the Earth Team. The primary purpose of the Earth Team is to expand NRCS services by using volunteer time, talent and energy to help accomplish the NRCS mission.

NRCS partners with conservation groups and others to ensure private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges like climate change. Working side-by-side with farmers and ranchers, the NRCS identifies natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion and water quality issues, and develops unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting resources. Earth Team volunteers are an integral part of the conservation partnership and each member takes pride in the fact that they maintain and improve our natural resources and environment on private lands.

The job of conserving our natural resources cannot be done by the government alone. 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.

Earth Team Volunteer Program LogoEarth Team Volunteer Information and Forms

What Can Volunteers Do?

On the Land

  • Soil Mapping
  • Surveying
  • Water Sampling
  • Establishing Wildlife Habitat
  • Native Grass Seeding
  • Resource Inventories
  • Conservation Practice Layout
  • Planting Trees

In the Community

  • Conservation Planning
  • Photography
  • Conservation Education
  • Writing
  • Special Tours & Fairs
  • Conservation Youth Groups
  • Outdoor Classrooms & Nature Areas
  • Public Speaking

In the Office

  • Drafting
  • Computer Data Entry
  • Map Interpretations
  • Typing
  • Telephoning
  • Editing
  • Reception
  • Filing

Who Can Volunteer?

Earth Team Volunteers work indoors and outdoors with NRCS technical specialists. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. You can volunteer part-time, full-time, or occasionally. You can volunteer individually or join a group. Please contact a Volunteer Coordinator below or visit your local NRCS and Colorado Conservation District Office to find out more about being part of the NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Program.

Our Colorado Earth Team Coordinators

Donna Goodsell, State Team Leader
& Northeast Area Coordinator
970-356-8097 x101

Sean Forehand
Sean Forehand
West slope Area Coordinator
970-361-3792

Amber Freouf
Southeast Area Coordinator
719-537-6506 x101

Eugene Backhaus
Metro Denver Coordinator
720-544-2868