Becoming a member of the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors has its perks. Members:

  • Receive our award-winning magazine Gem State Surveyor several times a year
  • Qualify for significant discounts on conference registration and training fees
  • Are kept up-to-date on significant events and developments in the survey community through regular emails
  • Speak as one voice to our elected officials, local, state and federal, to address issues affecting our profession. You can attend our annual Legislative Reception where you mingle with state elected officials and you will receive regular legislative updates during the legislative session
  • Support the efforts of the society to advance the science of land surveying;
  • Contribute to the education of the public in the use of surveys, maps and records
  • Encourage and support students (see our Scholarship page) who are the future of our profession
  • Members of the Society are invited to attend quarterly board meetings and to participate locally at the Regional Section level. We encourage our members to become active in many of the programs that we sponsor from Trig-Star to Survey USA.

Annual membership runs for the calendar year.



Member Resources


IBPEPLS Publications


GSS Fall 2021

GSS Summer 2021

GSS Winter 2021

GSS Spring 2020

GSS Fall 2020

The Gem State Surveyor

The Gem State Surveyor is the quarterly publication of the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors. A subscription to the magazine is included with paid membership. Edited by Aaron Rush, the magazine contains lively discussions of the issues and experiences of surveyors in Idaho and on a national level. Comprised mainly of articles penned by our own membership, the Gem State Surveyor is a great way to keep up to date. Each issue includes a message from the current president of ISPLS and official minutes from the most recent Board Meeting.

Jack Clark, Former Editor of the Gem State Surveyor, participating in Survey USA 2011

Deadlines for submission of articles or advertisements:

Winter Issue…………..December 1
Spring Issue…………..March 1
Summer Issue…………June 1
Fall Issue……………….September 1


Many companies have great success advertising in the Gem State Surveyor. Our reasonalbe rates and broad reach are effective ways to reach your market.

Ads should be submitted as a high resolution (minimum 300dpi), black and white digital files (.jpg or .tif):

Full Year Per Issue Dimensions
Full Page $420 $125 7.25″w x 9.75″h
1/2 Page $220 $65 7.25″w x 4.7″h
1/4 Page $125 $35 3.46″w x 4.7″h
Business Card $30 $9 3.46″w x 2.25″h

Sustaining members 10% off above prices.

The Gem State Surveyor will advertise equipment stolen from any of our members free of charge and will pay a $50.00 reward to anyone giving information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves thereof.

Sustaining members 10% off above prices.

The Gem State Surveyor will advertise equipment stolen from any of our members free of charge and will pay a $50.00 reward to anyone giving information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves thereof.


Established 2014


Duties include promoting education in schools and universities and creating scholarships to promote surveying education.


Duties include maintaining the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, financial administration, and ethical practice.

External Marketing:

Duties include lobbying and legislation on behalf of members, interaction with national professional surveying organizations, other professional organizations, and the community.

Internal Marketing:

Duties include membership benefits and recognition, professional development, election of board members, Gem State Surveyor publication, and section support.


Duties include researching developing technologies and next generation surveying technologies, exploring state and federal grants, and establishing criteria for the funding of survey related projects.

Idaho Standards of Practice

To download the ISPLS Idaho Standards of Practice, click here.

2021 ISPLS Bylaws Draft

2021 ISPLS Policies Draft

Board of Directors

Jeremy Fielding

Eagle Land Surveying

Aaron Ballard

Vice President
KM Engineering

Coy Chapman

Past President
Sawtooth Land Surveying

Steve Frisbie

T-O Engineers

Jerry Hastings

SW Section Director
Ada County Development Services

Glenn Bennett

IEPLS Liason
Civil Survey Consultants, Inc.

Brian Allen

Eastern Section Director
Allen Land Survey

Tyson Glahe

David Thompson Director
Glahe & Associates, Inc.

Chris Harmison

Magic Valley Section Director
EHM Engineers, Inc.

Joseph Jones

QBS Representative

Robert Liimakka

State CST Coordinator
Idaho State University

Hagen Beckstead

GSS Editor
Foresight Surveying

John Russell

High Country Director
Russell Surveying, Inc.

Bruce Smith

Bigwood Director
Alpine Enterprises Inc.

Robert Stratton

Northern Section Director
Stratton Land Surveying

Adam Thayer

Young Surveyor Rep

Stewart Ward

NSPS Representative
Dioptra Geomatics, Inc

Teri Ottens

Executive Director/Secretary

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
PO Box 7886
Boise, ID 83707

Phone: 208-658-9970

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