Volunteerism is widely recognized for its leadership-building capabilities and as a positive addition to one's curriculum vitae. Networking connections made while volunteering can lead to research partnerships, job advancement, lifelong friendships, and personal fulfillment and recognition. Volunteering is also an excellent way to learn more about a particular role or sector, for example coming from nonprofit or government and switching to for profit. You'll broaden your exposure beyond boundaries of your existing professional network, and cross paths with people from across your discipline, including leaders with whom you may otherwise not have met. So, get involved with one of these opportunities:
Committees and Boards
Guide the direction and development of SSSA by serving on a committee or board. Opportunities include journal peer reviewer, book editor, division chair, K-12 outreach, student activities, and mentors, just to name a few!
Be a mentor -- The Golden Opportunity (GO) Scholars Institute matches undergraduates with scientist-mentors during the Annual Meeting.
Get involved in the Legislative Action Network (LAN) -- Receive action alerts then reach out to members of Congress on policy issues and legislative actions.
Crunched for time? Try these one-and-done opportunities
Submit your Career Profile -- Inspire students considering a career in our sciences.
Expand your network and strengthen SSSA when you refer a colleague or student for membership.
Catch up with old friends and make new ones when you staff our SSSA booth for an hour or two at soils-related conferences you are attending. View the list of events and volunteer, or email Susan Chapman.
I get the most out of my membership with the Society by getting involved, organizing sessions, volunteering for committee service, etc. This truly is my biggest membership benefit.
Emily Clark, SSSA member and Certified Professional Soil Scientist, Golder Associates, Albuquerque, NM
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