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NRCS Caribbean Area staff with Acting Chief Leonard Jordan (at left) at All Employees Operational Meeting in Bayamon, PR, July 2017.NRCS is committed to “helping people help the land”—our mission is to provide resources to farmers and landowners to aid them with conservation. Ensuring productive lands in harmony with a healthy environment is our priority. NRCS operations in the Caribbean Area - Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) - touch the lives of a diverse range of individuals.

NRCS employs 58 people in 9 offices in the Caribbean Area.  We work hand-in-hand with landowners and our partners to improve our natural resources. Our passion is derived from stewardship of the land—benefits we all enjoy, such as cleaner air and water, improved soil and abundant wildlife habitat.

We began as the Soil Conservation Service in 1935 and evolved into the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a name change that highlights our broader mission of conservation. Bringing over 70 years of scientific and technical expertise to the conservation industry, we are involved with activities that help benefit soil, water, plants, air, and animals. With ninety-four percent of the land in the Caribbean Area locally owned (either by private individuals or territorial governments), partnership with private landowners is critical to health of our land. By providing assistance to these landowners, we help to cultivate productive lands and healthy ecosystems.  To learn more about NRCS in the Caribbean Area, click here.

NRCS succeeds through its partnerships, working closely with individual farmers and ranchers, landowners, local conservation districts, government agencies, Earth Team volunteers and many other people and groups that care about the quality of our natural resources. Partnerships allow our agency to expand the reach and depth of conservation. It is our duty to service the people by providing quality assistance to farmers and landowners to ensure we protect our nation’s lands. Local Soil & Water Conservation Districts are some of our key partners. Many other organizations, entities, and people help NRCS apply conservation on the land. You can learn more about our partners here.

NRCS offers a variety of career opportunities in a range of diverse positions. We have jobs in fields such as accounting, information technology, sociology, management, and many more. You can browse current job openings on our Careers page or go directly to job listings.

You can also get involved with our volunteer program, The Earth Team, to help make a difference in the conservation effort. Our Earth Team members get the opportunity to work side-by-side with farmers and ranchers to identify natural resource concerns, and are able to develop unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting resources. Anyone 14 years or older can become a volunteer. We offer volunteer positions for both full and part-time. If you are interested in becoming a part of our mission, feel free to visit our volunteer page for more information.

Conserving our natural resources is not a one-person job. The farmers and private landowners of this country cannot do it alone, nor can the government. We must all work together to help make sure that our land is sustainable for generations to come.