Scholarship Date Extended to April 30th!

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Posted by on April 25, 2018 in General


Job Posting

Soil Scientist – job posting

Soil Scientist

Applied Ecological Services, Inc., a leader in innovative ecological solutions to land use

restoration, design and planning, has an immediate opening for a Soil Scientist. This position

will be based out of our office near Madison, WI (Brodhead, WI) or out of our Greater Chicago

office (West Dundee, IL).

Job Duties:

Ability to transfer knowledge/guidance on soilrelated projects throughout the company.

Directs and contributes to implementation of soil related field work, data entry and analysis,

reports, and other aspects of projects. Prepares or directs preparation and modification of

reports, specifications, plans, schedules, soil studies, and statistical design for soil investigation

projects. Develops study designs and applies strategies for carrying out sampling activities

including gathering laboratory, transect, and other field data to characterize and/or correlate

soil information; utilizes soil sampling equipment, GIS, GPS, aerial photography, records, and

maps. Analyzes, interprets, and records data in specialty geospatial databases in combination

with other appropriate software programs and according to scientific standards.

Skill Requirements:

Demonstrated applied field soil science skills; soil examination and classification, soil

mapping and correlation, geomorphology and hydrology, soil ecology and site analysis

including plant community relationships, soil spatial data and attribute database

management, and soil interpretation and land use assessment.

Ability to execute field data collection procedures including the operation of Giddings Soil

Sampler, hand samplers, and GPS equipment.

Familiarity with systems science, regenerative agricultural principles, theories, and

applicable pertinence to soilrelated projects.

Ability to perform professional soil science work (e.g. selfdirected research, complex data

analyses, etc.)

Education and Experience:

MS degree in soil science with emphasis in soil genesis, soil ecology, or soil health with four to

six years of professional experience related to mapping, correlating, and/or interpreting soils.

Leadership responsibility, preferred.

For more information about Applied Ecological Services, Inc. and to apply for this position,

please visit our website at Applied Ecological Services, Inc. is equal

opportunity employer.


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Posted by on March 30, 2018 in General


Newsletter from our neighbors to the south-Illinois Soil Classifiers Association

Winter 2018 Reduced

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Posted by on March 2, 2018 in General


Region 3 Collegiate Soils Contest

The University of Wisconsin Whitewater hosted the Region 3 Collegiate Soil judging contest from October 10-13, 2017. Six schools completed in the individual and team contest.  The schools that attended were UW-Stevens Point, UW-Platteville, Purdue University, University of Illinois, Ball State University and Illinois State University.  The winning school for overall team score was Purdue University followed by UW- Platteville and UW-Stevens Point.  Jeremy Ziegler and Karla Petges soil scientists from the WI-NRCS judged the practice and contest pits.  The soil pits were made up of different glacial parent materials from drumlins, ground marines and lacustrine deposits.



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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in General


Save the date: December 11, 2017 WSPSS Fall Meeting

We will have our WSPSS fall meeting at the Schmeeckle Reserve Meeting Room on December  11, 2017.  Coffee and donuts at 9:30am.  More info on meeting content to come! Stay tuned!

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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in General



Obituary for Stanley W. Szczytko

Stanley Wesley Szczytko, age 68, of Marshfield, Wisconsin, died Wednesday afternoon, August 30, 2017, in a sailing accident on Lake Superior in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Stanley was born August 7, 1949, in Neptune, New Jersey. He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2013 with the title Professor of Water Resources and was subsequently granted emeritus status. Stan taught in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) from August 1979 through December 2012. In 1984, he was named the college intern program coordinator and served in that capacity until his retirement. Stan was named the UWSP Water Resources Coordinator in 1989 serving hundreds of CNR student interns. -He cared greatly about the future of the College of Natural Resources and UWSP students.

In tandem with his professorial responsibilities, Stan was an active and prolific scholar. During his tenure, he published 45 major scientific papers and authored three books. In June of 2015, he was awarded the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by the International Society for Plecoptera and Ephemeroptera at their international meeting in Scotland. The society cited Professor Szczytko for his exemplary contributions over four decades as a field Plecopterologists.

Stan was a longtime member of Port Superior Marina in Bayfield, Wisconsin; sailing often with friends and family on the great Lake Superior. Recently, he made Port Superior Marina his summer home, following daily routines of coffee in the morning with staff, and ending his day with dinner at Portside Restaurant or with friends in the Clubhouse. He shared friendly words with everyone he met on the boardwalk and in the parking lot.

During the winter months, Stan lived in Cave Creek, Arizona and enjoyed daily hikes and golf games with close friends.

Stanley Szczytko adored his beloved mother and accomplished children. He found joy in spending time with his grandchildren and visiting with his sister and her family.

Stan is survived by his mother, Martha Wright Szczytko of Jackson, New Jersey; his two children, Jennifer C. Szczytko of Appleton, Wisconsin and Aaron and wife Donna Szczytko of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; one sister, Dorothy Martin and husband, Arthur, Jackson of New Jersey; two grandchildren, T. Jackson and Sabrina Janda of Appleton, Wisconsin; and three step-grandsons, Landon, Lleyton and Lane Spivey of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; niece, Sharon Killeen; nephew, Jeffrey Martin; and several cousins.

His beloved father, Edmund Szczytko, precedes him in death.

A Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the Sentry World Grand Hall with Rev. Marilyn Lange presiding. A time of visitation and sharing of memories will precede the service from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A reception and continuation of Life Celebration will follow in the Grand Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts of memory be made in Professor Szczytko’s name made payable to UWSP Foundation-Szczytko Scholarship Fund and mailed to UWSP Foundation, 2100 Main Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481; or online at, designated “Other Specific Fund”: Stan Szczytko Memorial Scholarship.

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Posted by on September 7, 2017 in General



Clarence “Curly” Milfred

Clarence “Curly” Milfred, 87, Stevens Point, died April 15, 2017. He was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Cazenovia, Wis., to the late Lawrence and Helen (Manville) Milfred. Clarence graduated from Cazenovia High School and worked on the family farm before serving in the U.S. Army artillery. He received a marksmanship award during his time of service and was honorably discharged. Clarence graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) with a bachelor of science, a master of science and a doctorate; and worked as a soil scientist for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey for a few years. He married Ann McCauley in Madison Aug. 27, 1966. In 1970, Clarence began teaching at UW-Stevens Point in the Geography Department. He became a professor in the College of Natural Resources, where he taught until his retirement in 1998. During summers, Clarence taught students in the College of Natural Resources summer program at Clam Lake and later at Treehaven. For several summers, he also supervised students mapping soils on several of the Apostle Islands for the National Park Service. In retirement, Clarence served on the Portage County Health and Human Services Advisory Committee and the Community Care of Portage County Long Term Planning Council. He was also active in the Portage County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail. Survivors include his wife, Ann Milfred; daughters, Sherry (Ryan) LaForest, Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Janelle, Wild Rose; a son, Christopher (Heather) Milfred, Franklin, Tenn.; granddaughters, Mercury, Ella and Alizah Milfred; grandsons, Joseph, Ian and Mark LaForest; his sisters, Kathleen Cornwall, Scottsdale, Ariz., Patricia (Mitchell) Smith, Williams Bay, Wis., and Bonnie Pickett, LaCrosse; a brother, Peter Milfred, Cazenovia; and many nieces and nephews. A private family service and interment will take place at the Central Wisconsin Memorial Cemetery. Please, no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to UWSP for student scholarships. – See more at:

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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in General

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