SCB Membership

Advancing the science and practice of conserving Earth's biological diversity requires a globalized approach that maximizes collaboration among professionals and organizations from all fields, not just biology.

With more than 4,000 members worldwide, seven regional Sections, close to 40 local Chapters, and seven topical Working Groups, SCB members enjoy unparalleled opportunities to further their professional or organizational goals, connect with leaders in the conservation community, and engage in impactful efforts and activities. 

SCB offers Individual and Organizational memberships. Learn about each type below and find a complete list membership benefits on the Individual Member and Organizational Member pages of the SCB website.


Membership Benefits

There are many reasons why SCB should serve as YOUR professional society.  SCB has added many new member benefits in 2018, and next year promises many more!  Some of our highlights include:

  • SCB’s Conservation Connection, an online community through which members can connect with peers, discuss current trends, collaborate on projects, share documents and articles, plan events, and much more!
  • SCB’s Membership Directory and Expertise Database, an online searchable directory and database that allows you to identify your skills, areas of expertise, and fields of interest.  You and others can search for and connect with individuals sharing similar characteristics, working in certain areas, or with specific companies, species, habitats, locations, etc.
  • SCB’s new Peer-Reviewed Journal: Conservation Science and Practice! This open access journal, set to launch January 2019, will publish papers addressing the policy, planning, and practice of conserving biological diversity, and expanding conservation knowledge ranging from practical experience to advances in theory. Submit an article.
  • SCB Organizational Memberships! You may qualify for a membership discount if you work for an SCB Organizational Membership!  Check with your employer to see if they are, or want to become, an Organizational Member of SCB.
  • Call for Participation in SCB Committees!  Each October, SCB distributes a call for SCB members to express their interest in joining one of SCB’s Committees.  Please consider increasing your level of involvement in these critically important roles.  
  • 2019 International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB), scheduled for 21-25 July 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, promises to be an amazing event!  Your SCB membership provides significant discounts to attend ICCB and SCB regional conferences.

Individual Memberships

Individual membership is ideal for professionals, students, and retired persons working to advance the science and practice of conserving Earth's biodiversity, including conservation and social scientists, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators, and students. Individuals select from the following membership types:

  • Professional: Ideal for conservation professionals in the natural and and social sciences, including scientists, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and educators. 
  • Student: From undergraduates to masters students and PhD candidates, student memberships are for individuals enrolled in an institution of higher education. 
  • Retired: For individuals who are retired from full time work as a conservation professional.
  • Lifetime: Life members pay a one time fee to belong to SCB for their entire career, including retirement.
  • Emeritus: When active members achieve 30 contiguous years of membership they may apply for a complimentary emeritus membership

Visit the Individual Membership page to learn more about membership benefits and dues for individuals and to join SCB as an individual. 


Organizational Memberships

New in 2018, SCB offers organizations the opportunity to join the Society. Organizational members are non-profit businesses, such as non-governmental environmental organizations, universities and colleges, zoos and aquariums, and government agencies that include conservation or science as part of their mission statement or work.

Visit the Organizational Membership page to learn more about member benefits and dues for organizations and to complete an application for approval to sign up your organization for a membership in SCB.