British Society of Soil Science

The British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) was founded in 1947 and is an established international membership organisation and charity committed to the study of soil in its widest aspects. The society brings together those working within academia, practitioners implementing soil science in industry and all those working with, or with an interest in soils.

There are a whole host of careers working with soil: some as specialist soil scientists and others where understanding soil forms a small part of the role. There is a role working with soil for anyone who is interested in the natural world, climate change and the science of the things around them. For those who choose a specialist soil science role, some are experts in a particular soil type, others may be experts in soil’s interaction with plants and animals. Find out more about the variety of careers available in soil at:

Research on soils and enhanced understanding and engagement with soils is essential for agricultural, landscaping, construction, remediation, conservation and archaeological projects, as well as policy direction on critical topics such as climate change. Our members are employed by both private and public sector institutions including academic universities, conservation charities, construction companies and agri-environmental consultancies.

We promote research and education, both academically and in practice, and build collaborative partnerships to help safeguard our soil for the future. This includes hosting the World Congress of Soil Science 2022 in Glasgow, where those with an interest in soil science can meet to discuss the critical global issues relating to soil including; managing soils sustainably, preserving its ecosystem, and mitigating against climate change.

Our aim is to advance the education of the public, and scientists, on the subject of soil science and to promote research and professional standards of practice, and to publish those results.

Anyone with an interest in soil is welcome to become a member and attend our conferences and webinars, receive complimentary access to our two scientific journals, the European Journal of Soil Science and Soil Use and Management and a host of other benefits.

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Types of Soil Science jobs

Wetland specialist
Watershed technician
Hydrologist with Board of Health
Environmental technician
Soil and water quality specialist
Soil Conservationist
County Agricultural Agent
Landscaping business
Cooperative Extension Agent
Engineering Technician
Environmental Engineer
Farm Advisor
Hazardous Waste Specialist
Laboratory Technician/Assistant
Range Conservationist
Range Manager
On-site evaluation
Crop consultant
Soil scientist, mapping and interpretation, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Research technician
Conservation planner
District marketing manager for an agricultural firm
County conservationist
Crop production specialist
Research scientist
Agricultural Product Salesperson
Soil Chemist
Soil Conservation Technician
Soil Conservationist
Soil Fertility Expert
Soil Mapper
Soil Morphologist
Soil Physicist
Soil Scientist
Soil Surveyor
Soils Analyst
Soils Tester
Staff Research Associate

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