Since 1983, the Field Naturalist Program has recruited field scientists, ecologists, naturalists, planners, lawyers, educators, engineers and others who have the moxie to break new environmental ground.
Hallmarks of the Master of Science program are cross-disciplinary science in the field, problem-solving, and effective communication. Instruction is more apprenticeship than conventional schooling. Students complete a master's project in service to a sponsoring environmental organization—they leave the program with on-the-ground conservation experience.
Our graduates are sought-after leaders in stewardship, conservation, policy, ecological planning, and place-based education. Whether they work in boardrooms, backyards, or bogs, Field Naturalists stand alone as holistic problem-solvers. Over 90 percent of alumni have careers in the environmental field, and more than half go on to direct programs for The Nature Conservancy, federal and state agencies, and other such leading organizations.
Now Recruiting a New Cohort for August 2020!
Interested in becoming a Field Naturalist? We encourage you to visit us in Burlington! You'll have the chance to meet with faculty and current students, sit in on a class, and get a feel for the program. Contact us to arrange a visit or with any questions.