The Victor A. Schmidt Conservation Award annually recognizes one NSS member who, over time, has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the conservation of caves. Names of candidates will be solicited by the Awards Committee, and the recipient will be approved by the Board of Governors upon recommendation of the Awards Committee. The recipient must have been a member in good standing of the Society for at least two years immediately prior to his name being submitted as a candidate. The Awards Committee shall give preference to candidates who have not received the Outstanding Service Award or Honorary Membership.

Past Recipients *
* In 1994, the Victor A. Schmidt Conservation Award was changed from an internal organization award to an individual award.  The NSS Conservation and Management Section created an award for internal organizations.  Please visit their site to view the winners of their award.