The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Volunteer Program Mission:

It shall be the mission of the Earth Team to provide an effective volunteer workforce within NRCS to help people conserve, improve and sustain our natural resources and environment.

Why the Earth Team?  The job of conserving America's renewable resources cannot be accomplished by government alone.  The collective talents and energies of private individuals and groups are also needed. 

Volunteering has always been a cornerstone of the soil and water conservation movement.  It began with the organization of conservation districts in 1937. 

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.  To better understand how the volunteer fits into the structure of NRCS, consider the following objectives of the program:

To increase "conservation of the land" by using volunteers to assist with the technical aspects of applying conservation practices.

To increase the level of support services available for conservation related activities by utilizing volunteers in NRCS offices.

Work with volunteers to increase public awareness through information and education. 

To identify potential career employees.

To use volunteer contacts to improve networking with other agencies and organizations in support of soil and water conservation objectives.

To increase land user interest in, and acceptance of, resource management systems that conserve soil, water and related natural resources.

To establish a successful, long-range volunteer program.

To utilize the Earth Team as an outreach effort to diversify the workforce.


For more information about the Earth Team Volunteer Program