I have always been intriqued with the NRCS, as it is a non-regulatory Federal agency that provides assistance for voluntary cooperation in environmental enhancement on private lands. I was fortunate enough to have been hired as a NRCS Pathways Student Trainee this year and have recently finished my first summer with the agency. Because of my major, I will qualify for conversion to Soil Conservationist or Rangeland Management Specialist with the NRCS after graduation, which increases my odds of permanent placement.  Overall, I was extremely thankful to have spent priceless time learning from both Soil Conservationists and Rangeland Management Specialists that serve the Eastern Washington area. One of my learning experiences involved assisting a Soil Conservationist in the site procurement and establishment of a NRCS Plant Materials Center cover crop trial. This was exciting for myself, as a newbie cover crop nerd. I first learned about the benefits cover crops provide to soil and livestock in CROP310 Forage Production. With the NRCS, I have become educated on how agricultural producers can increase economic gains by incorporating cover crops and livestock into their operations, while limiting environmental degradation. I was grateful to participate in flagging the cover crop test plots for the seeding of several varieties of clover, hairy vetch, and Austrian winter peas; this provided hands-on training for designing such a trial.  Furthermore, much thanks to the manager of the Pullman Plant Materials Center for letting me operate the cone seeder for a few plots, that was a fun time! I look forward to continuing my NRCS internship next summer at a new location in Washington State. Until then I will serve as an NRCS Earth Team Volunteer so that I may maintain uninterrupted access to learning experiences that will bolster my skills as a future Soil Conservationists or Rangeland Management Specialist.