Test Home

Pennsylvania Association of Professional Soil Scientists

The Pennsylvania Association of Professional Soil Scientists (PAPSS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to foster the profession of soil classification, mapping, and interpretations, and to increase and further the dissemination of information concerning soil science as it contributes to the protection of the environment and general human welfare.

PAPSS provides a forum for pedological information, encourages and enhances communication with other technical disciplines, serves as a body of opinion on matters relating to soil classification and interpretations, and maintains professional standards in the application of soil science in Pennsylvania.

PAPSS is a member of the United States Consortium of Soil Science Associations (USCSSA) and supports the Soil Science Society of America’s Certified Professional Soil Scientist/Classifier licensing program.

Does a membership with PAPSS sound interesting?

Contact us

P.O. Box 871
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

President: Yuri Plowden – NRCS

Vice President: Matthew Hostrander – CPSS, SEO

Secretary: Luke Smeltz – CPSS, SEO

Treasurer: Bruce Willman – CPSS, SEO

Board Members

Alex Dado – NRCS

Jackie Heinl – PWS, OMP, NMP

Charlie Klinger – CPSS

Upcoming Events

Registration for the PAPSS Annual Meeting and Technical Session closes in

Saturday, October 28th
Annual Meeting and Technical Session

Learn More and Register

Find a Soil Scientist

PAPSS provides a list of the following soil scientists in Pennsylvania:2017/2018 Registry of Professional Soil Science Consultants. This list is a registry of Professional Soil Scientists in Pennsylvania affiliated with PAPSS. Different soil scientists have different expertise and thus the list is annotated to indicate the area of specialization and additional certifications if applicable. Eligibility for inclusion is limited to Professional Members.



PAPSS members have a wealth of knowledge about soil science and related disciplines like on lot septic and stormwater investigations. Check out our resource page for more information on the PAPSS Soil Manual, our PENNSOIL newsletter and other resources.


Become a Member

At present PAPSS membership consists of 96 Professional Members, 2 Honorary Members, 9 Apprentice Members, 6 Student Members, and 24 Associate Members. Many of our Professional Members offer consulting services.  Our members are Soil Scientists from PennState, Delaware Valley University, USDA/NRCS, PA DEP, other government agencies, private consulting firms, and County Health Departments and Planning Agencies to name a few.

Need some guidance on soil profile descriptions?

Download PAPSS Manual for Soil Investigation

PENNSOIL Newsletter

Check out the latest edition of our semi-annual newsletter PENNSOIL

PAPSS Scholarship

Are you a student interested in PAPSS and need assistance with college costs? Apply for the PAPSS scholarship today!

Soil Science Links

Can’t get enough soil! Check out these useful links from our PAPSS members.