Become an Intern


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 and Student Conservation Association.

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 2014 Application:  Word or PDF  

Applications for Summer and Fall 2014 are now being accepted. Review for the Semester Program starts March 10th and for the Summer Program starts March 24th.>

The difference between the Summer and Semester Program:    

  • The Summer Program is a paid internship with training and field work, but emphasizes paid consulting work for local organizations.
  • The Semester Program is also made up of training and field work, but emphasizes service-learning, completion of course credits needed to graduate, and skill certifications.
  • Both programs emphasize skill development, work experiences, and professional connections helpful in job searches after graduation.

Informational Flyers (click image to view full size)    

LANDS flyer   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
  • Potential academic internship credit (between 1-6 UVM credits)
  • 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 


  • Summer 2014 stipend to be determined based on developing community contracts (was $1700 plus $1000 Americorp in 2013)
  • 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 (NR 205, NR 206, NR 207), NR 285 Land Conservation, NR 285 Natural Resources Inventory and Assessment, ENVS 173 Landscape Natural History, ENVS 174 Natural Areas Conservation and Stewardship, GIS, and other possibilities
  • Get certification through the Student Conservation Association in skills such as: Wilderness First Aid, Game of Logging (Level 1-2), and the Leave No Trace Trainer Course


  • Rising Junior, Senior, graduating senior, or recent graduate
  • 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 2 June to 1 August, M-F ~40hr/week, w/extended overnights to field sites
  • Semester Program availability 2 September to 3 December, 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

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