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NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Program

NRCS is proud of the dedicated Earth Team volunteers and staff who have committed their time and talents to conserving and protecting our natural resources.

About the Earth Team:


It shall be the mission of the earth Team to provide an effective volunteer workforce within the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help people conserve, improve, and sustain the Earth's resources and it's environment.

Why be a Volunteer?

People volunteer with the Earth Team for a lot of reasons, but all Earth Team Volunteers have one thing in common: they want to help protect the natural resources in their communities. Other reasons people volunteer include:

  • to enjoy working outdoors
  • to help others
  • to learn a new skill
  • to pursue an interest in natural resources
  • to gain work experience
  • to complete a school project
  • to meet high school community service requirements
  • to enhance college applications and scholarship applications with volunteer service

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone who is 14 years of age or older can volunteer their services to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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What Kind of Jobs Volunteers Do?

  • Conservation Education
  • Natural Resource Inventories
  • Water Monitoring
  • Computer Assistance
  • Surveying
  • Clerical Assistance
  • Administrative
  • Soil Science

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Featured Activities and Recognition

Shawn McKay, Rangeland Specialist with Malheur SWCD and Former Earth Team Volunteer

shawn_mckayNRCS Earth Team: Making a Difference on OR Farms, Ranches

PORTLAND, Ore. - On this Earth Day, farms and ranches across Oregon are getting land and wildlife conservation ideas and assistance from a group known as the Earth Team.

It's the Natural Resources Conservation Service volunteer organization, made up of 15 people in Oregon who put in about 1,200 hours a year. They do research, give presentations on soil health and help with wetlands and grazing-management projects.

……Read the Public News Service Article……

Developing Volunteer Opportunities in Oregon NRCS

Clerical Assistance in Southern Oregon

Recently retired from the Earth Team program, Linda Town faithfully served the Medford Service Center as a part-time receptionist from 2008 through 2014. Generally working three days a week, Town logged over 3,000 hours during her tenure.

Soil Health Team Reaps ETV Benefits

In 2015 Carl Evans joined the Soil Health Team as an Earth Team Volunteer for spring! With a strong background in field soil science and experience working in conservation in northeastern Washington Carl brought boots-on-the-ground ready skills to Oregon NRCS. Carl’s primary duty was assisting with the ambitious, joint OSU-Region 1 Soils-Oregon NRCS Microbe Map project. He was responsible for locating, identifying, and collecting soil samples as part of the team assigned to southwest Oregon. He also assisted Cory Owens with various Soil Health Committee tasks.

In 2014 the Soil Health initiative has garnered assistance from Megan McGinns, to assist with outreach. As part of this effort, she developed a series of graphics and articles for the Soil Health Team.


IMAGE: A sample of Megan McGinnis’ work for the Oregon NRCS Soil Health Team.



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Want to Be An Earth Team Volunteer?

Kathy Ferge
Office: 503/414-3239
Cell: 503/333-5658

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Earth Team Forms:

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For more Earth Team Information:

Still need to know more? call 1-888-LANDCARE.  Let a friend know!  

Contact the National Earth Team Office
Michele Brown, National Volunteer Coordinator, (888) 526.3227 ext. 102
Bonnie Allely, National Volunteer Liaison, (888) 526.3227 ext. 105

National Earth Team Volunteer Website

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