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The Earth Needs You - Join Our Team!

Volunteers Working Today for a Brighter Tomorrow

 

The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and we are making a difference in every county in the nation.

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.

Earth Team offers many opportunities for people who are interested in volunteering to improve the nation’s natural resources. Volunteers can work part-time or full-time, work outdoors or inside a local NRCS office, individually or as a group.

Students Gain Valuable Job Experience as Earth Team VolunteersClick here to view volunteer video offsite link image    

NRCS Earth Team volunteers describe their experiences and contributions in the making of a new video series, “The Hope in Healthy Soil.”To view this video, click on their photo.

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.

 

Volunteer for Earth Team

Volunteers planting treesWho can volunteer?

Anyone 14 years of age or older and interested in conserving our precious natural resources can be an Earth Team volunteer. You can volunteer part-time or full-time and work outdoors or in a local NRCS office. You can volunteer as an individual or form or join a group. We have opportunities in every state.

Working together we can make a difference!

 

  1. Groups - Many group volunteer opportunities are available.  Members of service clubs, corporations and personal friends working together can assist with a wide variety of important conservation projects.
    Examples:

  • Plant a variety of species of native trees and shrubs into a demonstration garden.
  • Plant trees and shrubs into a riparian buffer to help filter and clean water going into a nearby stream.
  • Plant native grasses to reduce erosion and improve wildlife habitat along environmentally sensitive shoreline.     
  1. Individuals - Volunteers are always needed to help support NRCS' conservation of our natural resources.  No matter what help the volunteer furnishes, it all helps the land, wildlife and our people.
    Examples:
  • Use a GPS unit to record stream bank erosion.
  • Using a wheel to measure a pipeline.
  • Remove trash from a stream in order to improve water quality.
  • Hold a measuring rod used to determine slope.
  • Perform vital tasks in offices throughout the state.
  1. Retirees - Retirees and "Experienced" volunteers are needed to assist NRCS with a wide variety of projects. Volunteers can assist in the field or in a field office doing tasks that can be tailored to the individual's interest and abilities.
    These can include... 
  • Drilling native grass seeds into a test plot.
  • Organizing, filing and making copies.
  • Assembling conservation mailings.
  • Helping plan projects.
  1. Foreign volunteers - International volunteers are encouraged to join us!  They do the same conservation work as other Earth Team volunteers while learning new skills and earning valuable job experience with NRCS.
    Examples:
  • A volunteer can be shown how to take field measurements using a GPS unit.
  • An Earth Team volunteer can serve an internship with NRCS doing soils work.
  • International students can continue their studies while serving as an Earth Team volunteer.
  1. Students - NRCS' Earth Team Program offers many exciting opportunities for students seeking work in the conservation field.  Students can fulfill their school's community service requirements, earn academic credit, serve an unpaid internship, get resume building experience, or simply help the environment as a volunteer.
    Examples: 
  • A volunteer can enter soil data into a computer to help conservation work on a local farm.
  • Plant grass for bank stabilization and wildlife habitat.
  • Work with an NRCS employee to conduct a water quality field test.
  • NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Program: Benefiting Colleges and Students (NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Program enables students from colleges and universities learn first hand what the agency does to protect the natural resources of farms and ranches. This video features student from Laredo Community College and Texas A&M University)

Check out Pennsylvania's Volunteer Showcase

Contact the Pennsylvania Earth Team for more information

Pennsylvania Earth Team

USDA-NRCS
359 East Park Drive, Suite 2
Harrisburg, PA  17111
Phone (717) 237-2100

Pennsylvania Earth Team Staff

Timothy Kinney
Pennsylvania State Volunteer Coordinator
timothy.kinney@pa.usda.gov
717-237-2211

Ted Evans
Pennsylvania Volunteer Liaison
ted.evans@pa.usda.gov
717-237-2209