Minnesota Association of Professional Soil Scientists
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Benefits of MAPSS Membership As a member of MAPSS you receive discounts on two MAPSS events each year. These are great opportunities to network with other soil scientists from all walks of life in the upper midwest. You will also be the first to read the MAPSS newsletter and the first to receive job announcements!
What We Do We support activities that provide continuing education for professional soil scientists and promote the understanding of soils. MAPSS offers:
Summer meetings where we go outside to look at soils, landscapes, geology, soil use, etc.
Winter meetings where we provide a forum for speakers to talk about advances in soil science and technology. The winter meeting is held on the first Friday in December.
Business meetings at our summer and winter meetings in order to keep members up to date with committees activities.
The chance to become an officer of MAPSS.
A variety of committees in which to participate.
A person we recognize a "Soil Scientist of the Year."
The chance to earn continuing education for licensed Professional Soil Scientists.
Looking for a professional soil scientist licensed by the State of Minnesota? Click on the following link that will take you to the roster page of the Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience & Interior Design (Board of AELSLAGID). You can look up professional soil scientists licensed in the State of Minnesota by either their last name or their license number. http://www.aelslagid.state.mn.us/roster.html
List of Current Jobs
Click here for a list of current job postings.
Legislative Session Updates
2009 Legislative Session The 2009 Legislative Session began on January 8, 2009.
A summary of the House and Senate files through May 13, 2009 can be found by clicking on the following links. The summary is a list of files that may affect soil scientists.
From past sessions, there have been proposed changes to Minnesota Rules Chapter 7080. The ISTS committee has been given the responsibility to track and comment on proposed changes to this rule. Please contact the chair of the ISTS committee if you have any questions or comments, or if you want to become involved. The Senate File SF3385 (omnibus bill) in which the ISTS legislation was included passed the Senate on April 30.
2008 Legislative Session Summaries The 2008 Legislative Session began on February 12, 2008.
A summary of the House and Senate files through April 30, 2008 can be found by clicking on the following links. The summary is a list of files that may affect soil scientists.
Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design (Board of AELSLAGID) The Board of AELSLAGID meets on a monthly basis. The meetings are held in Suite 295 of the Golden Rule Building in Downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. The engineering, land surveying, geoscience (ELSGEO) section meetings run from 8:00 am - 10:00 am. The full Board meetings run from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. These meetings are open to the public. Contact Suzanne D'Souza (MAPSS Executive Secretary) at 612-741-1365 for additional information because she attends these meetings as a representative of MAPSS. The current Soil Scientist Board Member is Mary West, PSS. The dates of the meetings are on the MAPSS event calendar. The website for the Board is http://www.aelslagid.state.mn.us
Currently, the Board of AELSLAGID is reviewing the model law for soil scientists in Minnesota. Minnesota has very well written model law (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 326). In fact, it is so well written that many other states refer to our statutes. One item that is under consideration is adding and defining the term "work under direct supervision." When geoscientists were added to the Board of AELSLAGID, there was no provision for having a geoscientist-in-training work under the supervision of a licensed person because there weren't any at that time.
The Joint Professional Committee (JPC) The JPC is a group of representatives of the groups involved with the Board of AELSLAGID who get together to discuss topics of interest (primarily legislative) that affects our members. The meetings are held in the AIA Minnesota boardroom inside the International Market Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 11:45 am - 1:30 pm on every third or fourth Wednesday of the month. Bring your own bag lunch or there is a lovely salad/pasta bar in the building (a bit spendy but really good). The dates of the JPC meetings are on the MAPSS event calendar.