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Learn about career paths, education, and SWCS benefits offered to students and early career professionals in the SWCS Guide for Students and Early Career Professionals in Conservation (PDF). This helpful guide also provides graduate school and career advice from current SWCS members working in a variety of fields. 

Student Leadership Opportunity: Apply to be SWCS’s Science and Policy Student Representative!

Do you have a google news alert set for “soil”? Are you always trying to convince your friends to live-stream the House Agriculture Committee meetings? Have you ever opened up a new issue of an academic journal with a squeal of delight? Do you believe in a vision of agriculture that works in harmony with our natural resources? If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, then the SWCS Science and Policy Committee wants YOU to apply to be our new Student Representative!

Why join the SWCS Science and Policy Committee as Student Representative?

The SWCS Science and Policy Committee meets every month (virtually) to discuss the latest in conservation science and policy news, and to soak up information from an invited speaker on conservation topics. The Student Representative will be an integral part of these conversations and learning sessions, and also gain access to conservation leaders around the world. The committee typically has between 10 – 20 conservation professional members, whose expertise range from soil health to water quality policy.

Who is eligible to join the SWCS Science and Policy Committee as Student Representative? 

The committee is seeking a full or part time student who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. The Student Representative would serve from the fall of 2020 to the summer of 2021. The Student Representative would be responsible for attending and actively contributing to monthly meetings, and chairing one meeting of the committee per year. The committee meets the second Thursday of every month at 3:00 pm Central, and to be eligible the applicant’s schedule must not conflict with this meeting time. The Student Representative must be a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society – only $40 annually and you can sign up RIGHT NOW!

How to apply to join the SWCS Science and Policy Committee as Student Representative?

Do you have 10 minutes to spare? It’s SO simple to apply! Just fill out this six-question application here by November 30, 2020. Questions? Feel free to contact Catherine DeLong at

Conservation Career Profiles

The SWCS community includes researchers, administrators, planners, policymakers, technical advisors, teachers, students, farmers, and ranchers, all who share the common goal of building a more sustainable future. What does a career in conservation look like? Browse the profiles below to learn more about the varied positions and career paths available in the field. 

Acting Chief of USDA NRCS
Professor of Agronomy and Extension Specialist, Purdue University
CEO, Soil and Water Conservation Society
Director of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District
Agronomic Research Specialist, Monsanto
Research Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, Grasslands Soil and Water Research Laboratory
Senior Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition
Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University
Resource Conservationist, USDA NRCS Montana
Agronomist and Certified Crop Advisor, Soil Health Services, PBC
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Assistant Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, University of Tennessee

Do you know an SWCS member who would make a great conservation career profile? Let us know by emailing with your suggestion.