IECA spoke to member Rebecca Kauten, MPP, CPESC-IT, about the value of IECA membership in her role as Senior Research Associate at the Office of Recreation Resources with the University of Northern Iowa.
What do you think is the best membership benefit IECA offers to academics?
Networking is one of the most critical ways of staying relevant in any industry. IECA offers the opportunity to engage with a number of professionals across key disciplines that all impact the quality of soil and water in our environment.
How do you apply this benefit to your work?
As a member, I've been able to not only acquire knowledge and technical skills that are relevant to my work, but I've also been able to establish a "short list" of contacts whom I can call or send a note to and get very sound advice or suggestions. Because of their involvement with IECA, I know that I'm getting quality information. I've seen their work in action and I know they are reliable, educated sources.
IECA membership costs less than $15/ mo. How has IECA membership earned its keep?
Discounts for in-person and online training are a big benefit to membership. For me, it's also allowed the work I do here in Iowa to be shared with my peers outside my everyday network. Most of my daily activities wouldn't allow for this, but my work with IECA does.
Would you recommend IECA to one of your peers?
I often encourage others to become IECA members, or renew their memberships. In addition, I encourage these same people to take an active role in their local chapters. The true benefits of membership really take effect when one steps up to serve on a committee, run for an official position, or simply attend one of the chapter or international events. Passive membership probably doesn't have the same impact. Fortunately I never considered that form of membership an option. Instead, I joined in order to engage with like-minded professionals. And that's what I've done. So far, it's been a very valuable experience. I learn a lot from my peers - including the fact that I HAVE a lot to learn!
Top benefits for academics:
- Discounts to attend the industry's premiere events
- Connections to other professionals through IECA's listserve
- Membership in your local Chapter to find contacts in your region
- Access to members-only website with thousands of archived articles
- One free IECA webinar per year
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