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Member Benefits

Journal of Soil and Water Conservation

Stay informed about the latest conservation research, tools, practices, and policy with articles that address natural resource challenges and innovations worldwide. Published six times a year, the JSWC is a multidisciplinary journal composed of two sections: the A Section containing various departments and features, and the Research Section containing peer-reviewed research papers. Online subscriptions include access to all issues back to 1981. Members also receive author page charge and reprint discounts on article publications.

Conservation NewsBriefs

Keep up to date on the most recent conservation news and policy through Conservation NewsBriefs, a weekly compilation of conservation news delivered to your inbox each Thursday.

Conservogram Member Newsletter

Receive Society and membership news through the Conservogram newsletter. Emailed monthly, the newsletter includes event information, articles from conservation leaders, discussion questions to ponder, and chapter and member spotlights.

SWCS Publications 

New members receive a free book: Aldo Leopold: The Man and His Legacy. Purchase more publications on a variety of conservation topics and issues at members-only discounts through our online store

Membership to Local Chapter of SWCS

By joining SWCS, you automatically become a member of your local state chapter. Local chapters sponsor activities; provide a network for a broad range of conservation professionals; and offer training, technical assistance, and hands-on experience with demonstrations, projects, and workshops. Contact your chapter president to become involved.

Connect and Network

Becoming a member allows you to network with professionals from various disciplines through local, regional and international meetings. Not only will you will receive a personal invitation to these events, you will be eligible to attend some of the most important conservation meetings of the year at a discounted rate and earn continuing education credits. The SWCS International Annual Conference, which showcases the latest research and techniques in conservation, is a prime opportunity for you network with your peers from across the world. Want to showcase your own research or other conservation related work? As a member, you are guaranteed to receive an invitation to present your expertise to an audience of over 400 conservation professionals during the Annual Conference.

Committee Service

Become an influential leader in the Society through committee opportunities. Choose a committee that reflects your interests, highlight or continue to develop your leadership skills, and show your above and beyond dedication to the conservation profession.

Social Media

For additional networking opportunities, connect with SWCS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

SWCS Membership Roster

Available electronically through our member login, search for your colleagues either by name or state of residence.

Awards and Scholarships

The awards program is designed to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in advocating the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources. Professional awards are available to honor outstanding achievements and dedication in the profession. SWCS also has three opportunities at the international level for scholarships: a research scholarship, a soil conservation scholarship, and a student leader scholarship.

All members receive:

  • One year subscription to the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
  • Monthly e-newsletter Conservogram
  • Discounted registration to the SWCS International Annual Conference
  • Discount on SWCS publications (please contact for more information)
  • Discounts on author page charges
  • Free book: Aldo Leopold: The Man and His Legacy (United States residents only)

Membership levels — in US funds

Level Cost
Presidents Club $275 annually
Leader $180 annually
Conservationist $115 annually
Student* $40 annually
Conservation District † $140 annually
Developing Country Conservationist ‡ $36 annually

*Student members must be full-time students taking 12 credits/semester

† Conservation Districts are non-profit organizations devoted to providing educational programs on the conservation of soil, water, and other natural resources.

‡ Qualifying countries identified by The World Bank as low, lower-middle, and upper-middle income economies as of April 1 of the current year.

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