Hancock County
Soil & Water Conservation District

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How can you help support conservation efforts in Hancock County?


We are looking for volunteers to help with the following:

  • Soils Tunnel- A Soil Tunnel provides an underground worms-eye view aimed at teaching people about soil conservation.  Project involves researching soil horizons, organisms specific to Maine, grant writing, and graphic design. This project would be good for a graphic designer or someone interested in Maine soils/agriculture, and environmental education. This person would also get to work the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Soil Scientist and the State Soil Scientist from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. See Soil Tunnel at: http://www.freeholdscd.org/page.php?page_id=94.


  • Watershed Surveying- Working with volunteers, students would be helping to survey erosion sites in different watersheds and document them on field sheets.  There are two surveys already planned for this Spring- Alamoosook Lake and Great Pond and both could use help.


  • Invasive Aquatic Plant Surveying- we try to have all boat launches in Hancock County checked for invasive aquatic plants.  There is some training required by VLMP (a one day workshop).  Survey sites can usually be walked/swam or could be done with a canoe or kayak (we don’t have any of these to lend out).  Other field equipment, including ID books and viewscopes, is provided.  Late summer/early fall is the best time for surveying, but it can be done anytime during the spring through the fall.


  • General office help- photocopying materials, mailings, data entry, etc.


If you are interested in being a volunteer, please click on the link below and fill out the form noting what volunteer opportunity you are interested in:

Volunteer Sign-Up

Please complete the form and drop it off or mail it to the District office:

Hancock County SWCD

185 State Street

Suite B

Ellsworth, ME 04605








All programs and services of the Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory bases without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.  Persons who require alternative means of communication of program information should contact USDA’s Target Center at (207) 720-2600.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W Whitten Bldg. 14th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410, or call (292) 720-5964.