General Description

Any interested person seeking to learn more about the work of the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) has the opportunity to volunteer. Volunteers can assist/shadow employees within the office.  Volunteers are not considered employees by the SVSWCD, but are required to adhere to SVSWCD policies and are required to complete all required paperwork. All SVSWCD volunteers must be 14 years or older at the time of volunteer dates. Students may use this program to meet academic requirements.

Once authorized, volunteers will be asked to provide a proposed work schedule and end of service date for SVSWCD scheduling purposes.  Volunteers must sign a waiver acknowledging that their service will be provided without pay. Volunteers may be asked to complete an application and required paperwork for the federal background check outlined on the SVSWCD Volunteer Paperwork Checklist.

High School Students

High School students interested in conservation and/or agriculture are encouraged to volunteer during their summer break. It is a great opportunity for students to learn about the conservation field and build their resume. To apply send High School transcripts (unofficial accepted), resume with three (3) references, and a letter outlining future career/college interest and volunteer availability.

Hard copy applications packages should be sent to: 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B; Harrisonburg, Va 22801, electronic submissions should be sent to Emily Riggleman at emily.riggleman@svswcd.org. For more information or questions call Emily Riggleman at (540) 433-2853 ext 126.

Recent College Graduates

Recent College Graduates interested in conservation and/or agriculture are encouraged to volunteer to gain real world experience, build their resume, and “feel out” their career interest before the next step in their career process. To apply send College transcripts (unofficial accepted), resume with three (3) references, and a letter outlining future career interest and volunteer availability.

Hard copy applications packages should be sent to: 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B; Harrisonburg, Va 22801, electronic submissions should be sent to Emily Riggleman at emily.riggleman@svswcd.org. For more information or questions call Emily Riggleman at (540) 433-2853 ext 126.

All Others Interested

Just interested in what we do here at the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District? Volunteer and gain more understanding of local conservation practices! To apply send most recent transcripts if applicable (unofficial accepted), resume with three (3) references, and a letter outlining interest and volunteer availability.

Hard copy applications packages should be sent to: 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B; Harrisonburg, Va 22801, electronic submissions should be sent to Emily Riggleman at emily.riggleman@svswcd.org. For more information or questions call Emily Riggleman at (540) 433-2853 ext 126.