NRCS’s program chance for students to experience working in natural resources conservation

The natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Louisiana has a program that offers a unique chance for high school and college students to experience what it’s like to work in natural resources conservation. Through the Louisiana Earth Team Program, students can work as an apprentice in their local NRCS field office, area office, or state office.

The apprentice program is a way for students to learn firsthand what employees of NRCS do for agriculture and the environment. All students will be considered for the Earth Team whether they have an urban or agriculture background.

The Earth Team Program also offer students an opportunity on starting a career in working with natural resources. An apprentice position allows a student to participate in a variety of hands-on learning experiences, including engineering surveying, staking conservation practices like terraces and ponds, water quality activities, environmental education, and natural resource camps.

Apprentices will gain experience and knowledge that will help them make career choices. Whether or not they go to a college or technical school, their work experience will be good for job applications or resumes. Also, many scholastic scholarships require applicants to have completed some form of community service, and apprenticeship could fulfill those requirements.

Applicants must be at least 14 years of age. Hours are flexible to fit the student’s schedule.

Prospective apprentices are invited to stop by their local NRCS office and talk to the staff about the program. Additional information about the Louisiana Earth Team Program and other natural resources activities can be found on the Louisiana NRCS Web Site at or by contacting the Ville Platte Field Office at 363-6602, extension three.

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