Technical Service Providers (TSP)
The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) provides landowners with technical assistance and aid in implementing conservation practices. However, NRCS does not have enough personnel to implement these programs. Congress allows NCRS to certify "third-party technical services providers" to help fill the gap.
Certified Foresters are eligible to apply for work with the NRCS as a Technical Service Provider (TSP). If you are interested in becoming a TSP in the NRCS area designated as "forestry/agroforestry," visit the TechReg website at http://techreg.usda.gov
to see if you meet the eligibility requirements. Certified Foresters who have taken the NRCS Conservation Planning Course, modules 1-5, are eligible for certification as a TSP. This course is available online at http://www.nedc.nrcs.usda.gov/catalog/consplan.html