At the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), we are very proud of our Earth Team Volunteers commitment to conservation. The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of NRCS and we are making a difference in every county in the nation. The primary purpose of the Earth Team volunteer program is to expand NRCS services by using volunteer time, talent, and energy to help accomplish the NRCS mission. In Ohio, 4,817 volunteers contributed 34,626 hours of volunteer service valued at a whopping $798,475 in fiscal year 2016 alone. Nationally, more than 28,000 volunteers across the country donated 300,000 hours to NRCS in fiscal year 2016, valued at $7.1 million.
NRCS partners with conservation groups and others work together to identify natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion and water quality issues, and develops unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting our natural resources. Earth Team volunteers are an integral part of the conservation partnership and each member takes pride in the fact that they are helping to improve our natural resources and environment. Earth Team volunteers work side-by-side with conservation professionals. The soil conservationists, technicians, scientists, wildlife biologists, engineers, accounting and administrative staff are all committed to helping people protect and conserve the earth's natural resources.
Thank you to our volunteers for the service they provide.
You Can Make a Difference Too:
When you sign up as an Earth Team Volunteer, you are on your way to becoming a caretaker of natural resources in your community. When you volunteer, you may assist with improving wildlife habitat, collecting soil samples, identifying areas with invasive species, providing conservation education to adults and students, community outreach, and many more interesting opportunities. Whatever your talents or interests might be, there is a volunteer opportunity for you with the Earth Team.