University of Vermont


How To Apply

Each entering class of Field Naturalists and Ecological Planners is limited to eight mature, motivated individuals who demonstrate:

  • a passion for the biosphere
  • a personal and professional vision forward
  • a track record of academic and professional achievements in science or environment
  • compelling letters of recommendation
  • strong Graduate Record Examination scores
  • moxie

Field Naturalists and Ecological Planners generally have several years of life, job or professional experience before entering our programs. So we encourage recent college graduates to pursue interests outside academe before applying. Applicants do not need a degree in science.


Applications are due on February 15. (We will consider applications submitted after Feb. 15 if we have program slots available.) We extend offer of admission by the second week of April.

Application Materials

Apply on-line or on paper. Application materials and information are available from the Graduate Admissions office (802) 656-3160 or the Graduate Admissions website.


We encourage prospective students to visit and meet with our faculty and students. If you are visiting from afar, we will try to find overnight lodging for you.

Prospective Students Day

Each winter we sponsor an all-day informational session for prospective students. This year's event will be in January.

To register for the Prospective Students Day or for more information about scheduling any type of visit, please contact our program secretary, Lillian Reade at or (802) 656-2930.

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