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Are you interested in land conservation?  Do you want to help protect the natural and working landscapes of Vermont and New England, while also getting experience that can lead to jobs with groups like The Nature Conservancy, The Green Mountain Club, and state and federal agencies?  Do you like working outside, in the woods, out in nature?  If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, consider the Land Stewardship (LANDS) Program, an innovative Summer and Fall semester experience in a College Conservation Crew being offered through the University of Vermont.

LANDS participants work to support land-use agencies in their land conservation efforts.  There are many small land trusts, towns, and agencies that need help. For example, land trusts are one of the fastest growing sectors of land conservation (1700+ nationally) and collectively they have conserved an area 16X the size of Yellowstone.  LANDS participants assist in the stewardship of these lands in a variety of ways: conducting annual monitoring visits, creating natural resource inventories, GIS mapping, writing management plans, and more.  This is done from the team to the individual level.

Previous LANDS teams made a difference for these organizations, and it could be your opportunity to make a difference.  If you are eager to work outside in beautiful places and want to advance your skills in land conservation, apply for LANDS!

Summer/Fall 2016 Applications will open in February 2016

The difference between the Summer and Semester Program:    

  • The Summer Program is 9 weeks and the Fall Program is a regular 15 week semester.
  • The Semester Program involves involves a minimum of 15 credits (students often take 16-18 credits).
  • Both programs emphasize skill development, work experiences, and professional connections helpful in job searches after graduation.

Past Informational Flyer for 2015 (click image to view full size)    

LANDS flyer  


  • Apply practical field skills and conservation skills:  Resource Inventory, Applied GIS, Conservation Legal Instruments and much more!
  • Networking with local and national conservation groups through real-world reports and presentations
  • Working & living in Burlington, VT, voted one of America’s most livable and healthiest cities (especially during the summer)!
  • Potential placement in conservation groups following the LANDS program 


  • Flexible course credits. For Rubenstein School students, courses eligible for credit include a requirement Core Course (NR 206), and internship credit.
  • Spend summer outside !


  • Receive academic credit for a full semester while spending much of your time in the field. Credit is obtained through regular enrollment at the University of Vermont.
  • Flexible course credits. For Rubenstein School students, courses eligible for credit include requirement Core Courses (an NR 205 equivalent, NR 206, NR 207), NR 285 Land Conservation, and NR 285 Natural Resources Inventory and Assessment (internship credits also available).
  • Certification in skills such as: Wilderness First Aid may also be possible depending on student interest.


  • Rising Junior or Senior at any college or university
  • Natural Resource Planning, Forestry, Wildlife Studies, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Botany, Community Development, or related majors
  • Ability to hike up to 5 miles in steep terrain
  • A positive attitude and leadership skills essential to functioning in team settings
  • A genuine interest in promoting land conservation 
  • Summer Program availability 8 June to 7 August 2015, M-F ~40hr/week, w/extended overnights to field sites
  • Semester Program availability 31 August to 9 December 2015, M-F ~40hr/week, w/extended overnights to field sites
LANDS is committed to diversifying the conservation movement.
Intern applicants from under-represented racial, ethnic, or cultural groups in the environmental field are strongly encouraged to apply. 
please contact Deane Wang for more information.
Dr. Deane Wang
268 Jeffords Hall
63 Carrigan Drive
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

LANDS on the land 2012

      The 2012 Team

Last modified May 06 2015 10:44 AM

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