ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Classes of membership
The Society shall have three classes of members designated as Active Member, Associate Member and Honorary Member. Associate Members and Honorary Members shall have all the rights and privileges of Active Members except those of voting and holding office.
Section 2. Active Members
Qualification for the class of Active Member shall consist of one of the following:
A Bachelor of Science degree with 30 semester hours or equivalent in biology, physical and earth sciences, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in soil science; or the candidate meets the qualifications for the position of GS-5 Soil Scientist as specified by the current federal Office of Personnel Management standards; or
A baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience as a Soil Scientist in soil classification, mapping and interpretation using the procedures of the National Cooperative Soil Survey or other equivalent procedures; or
Certification as a Professional Soil Scientist by a State Board or a National Organization, such as the American Registry of Certified Professionals in Agronomy, Crops, and Soils (ARCPACS).
Section 3. Associate Members
Individuals who are interested in the aims and objectives of the Society but are not eligible for, or do not desire, the class of Active Member, may become Associate Members.
Section 4. Honorary Members
Individuals who have contributed to the aims and objectives of the Society may be elected to the class of Honorary Member by a two-thirds vote of Active Members voting at the annual meeting.
Membership in the Society, participation in any meeting, or any activity sponsored by the Society shall be carried out in a nondiscriminatory manner, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.
ARTICLE III. DUES
Section 1. Fees
Dues for Active and Associate Members shall be set annually by the Board of Directors. Honorary Members are not assessed annual dues.
Section 2. Membership year
Membership shall be from January 1 to December 31.
Section 3. Expiration and delinquency
Active Members and Associate Members shall be considered delinquent if dues are not paid by April 1 and will be removed from membership if dues are not paid by July 1.