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Benefits of Membership

Our tools help you become a better restorationist; you help SER advance the field! 

Membership in SER provides you with access to the tools, information, and professional network you need to support your critically important work. But don't take it just from us, check out what some of our members have to say:

  • "Working with restoration and conservation sometimes brings the feeling of 'running against the wind', but being connected with more people having the same issues increases my motivation and enthusiasm to keep working in this amazing field." - Emanuela W.A.Weidleich
  • "Ecological restoration is a dynamic field, and there is a real need for a forum where practitioners can share their successes and failures." -Alan Unwin
  • "My personal commitment to habitat restoration and conservation, coupled with a deep respect for the Society and its role in linking science and practice made lifetime membership in SER the right choice." Tom Kaye
  • SER's CERP program elevates the importance of ecological restoration work globally. By being part of SER, I can support the importance of this field." - Graham Gidden, CERP


  • Advance your career with continuing education programs and professional certification. The Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner Program encourages a high professional standard for those who are designing, implementing, overseeing, and monitoring restoration projects throughout the world. SER members receive special pricing. (Restorer and Business Members receive even deeper discounts.)
  • Present at a webinar or SER conference; or publish your research in Restoration Ecology.
  • Feature your work in SER newsletters, member spotlights, and priority consideration for featured projects and resources from the Restoration Resource Center.
  • First access to position announcements in the SER Career Center, discounted or free* job postings, and free listings for internships(*Business, Organizational, Restorer memberships)

  • Access a network of over 3,000 restoration professionals representing more than 75 countries -- Many of your colleagues have faced the same questions and challenges as you and can advise and help you find solutions.
  • Attend the SER World Conference and chapter conferences at significantly reduced rates.
  • Connect locally with your complimentary membership to one of SER’s Chapters. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in regional restoration workshops, symposia, networking opportunities and more.

  • Subscription to Restoration Ecology, SER’s bi-monthly, online peer-reviewed journal.
  • Subscription to SERNews, SER’s quarterly digital magazine.
  • Subscription to Restore, SER's monthly news round up. 
  • Invitations to the monthly SER Webinar Series, connecting restoration practitioners, researchers, and academics with expert speakers covering a wide spectrum of topics, from technical presentations to theoretical discussions.
  • Discounts to subscriptions to our partner journals Ecological Restoration, Native Plants Journal, and Ecological Management and Restoration.
  • 25% discount on all Island Press Books, including titles in the SER-Island Press Book Series.
  • Access to the SER Webinar and Conference Video Libraries.
  • Listing in the Restoration Directory*, which promotes your organization's affiliation with SER. The Restoration Directory includes businesses, organizations, and academic institutions around the world engaged in restoration activities and expanding career paths into the field. (*Business, Organizational, Restorer memberships) 

  • Your membership supports SER's high level engagement on the global stage to advance international restoration policy:
    • In September 2019, SER released the International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration, 2nd Edition. Downloaded more than 10,000 times in just over 6 months from publication, the Standards can be used as a model for countries working to implement ecological restoration and meet international agreement targets. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification welcomed the release of SER's Standards as an essential tool to address climate change.
    • Thanks to support from our members, SER has the resources to engage with a variety of institutions including the United Nations and its UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, InterAmerican Development Bank, US Agency for International Development, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, as well as numerous UN Conventions on the environment.
    • In partnership with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), SER provides capacity-building support for policymakers and implementing agencies as they develop national programs and action to restore degraded lands and to meet international restoration targets and obligations, including implementation of the CBD's short-term action plan on ecosystem restoration.
    • Through our work with the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, we promote high quality, ecologically sound implementation of the Bonn Challenge and other such initiatives. Global restoration initiatives provide transformative opportunities to improve biodiversity conservation, secure sustainable livelihoods, ensure the delivery of ecosystem services, and mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

  • SER members serve as volunteers on committees that plan, implement, and direct the future of the field through conference planning, governance, ensuring rigorous research, and high-quality standards for the field.
    • Members of SER’s Science and Policy Committee, Board, and staff, including SER Global Restoration Ambassadors, represent SER at many important meetings around the globe.
    • SER chapters in Australasia and Europe engage in high level national and international policy within their geographic regions.
    • Volunteers of local chapters in the U.S. and Canada plan conferences, field trips, and workshops that organize regional networks of the restoration community across North America. 


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