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Volunteers Make a Difference in Rhode Island!

What is the Earth Team?

In 1981, Congress authorized the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly the Soil Conservation Service, to accept volunteers to increase soil and water conservation efforts, and to do this by working closely with Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Earth Team volunteers work side by side with professionals from NRCS, helping protect and conserve the earth's natural resources. By volunteering, you will help your community, your country and our earth. Earth team members also meet new people, learn new skills and help accomplish conservation work throughout the state. It's fun and easy. The mission of the Earth Team is to provide an effective volunteer workforce within NRCS to help people conserve, improve and sustain our resources and environment.

Volunteers can help expand efforts in soil and water conservation. Anyone 14 years or older and interested in saving our precious soil and water can join the Earth Team. Volunteers may work part-time, full-time, outdoors or in an NRCS office. Help reduce soil erosion, conserve our water and improve its quality, carry the conservation message to schools, and take pride in our country's natural resource heritage. Whatever your talents or interests, there is a volunteer opportunity for you.

What Can You Do?

On the Land

In the Community

In the Office

  • Soil Mapping
  • Surveying
  • Water Sampling
  • Establishing Wildlife Habitat
  • Native Grass Seeding
  • Resource Inventories
  • Conservation
    Practice Layout
  • Planting Trees
  • Conservation Planning
  • Photography
  • Conservation Education
  • Writing
  • Special Tours & Fairs
  • Conservation
    Youth Groups
  • Outdoor Classrooms & Nature Areas
  • Public Speaking
  • Drafting
  • Computer Data Entry
  • Map Interpretations
  • Typing
  • Telephoning
  • Editing
  • Reception
  • Filing


For more Earth Team program information, contact the coordinator.



Address/Phone Number

E-mail Address

Rhode Island State Volunteer Coordinator Diane Riessen 60 Quaker Lane, Suite 46
Warwick, RI 02886
Telephone:  401-822 8848