Online Application and Instructions

Applications are accepted based on interest in volunteerism, enthusiasm for the subject, experience in natural resource conservation and availability.

SPRING 2020 APPLICATION (Montour and Delaware are the only courses still accepting applications)


For fall, you will receive a discounted rate if you apply by May 1, 2020. Class size per training is limited to 10-15 persons so early applications are encouraged.  The deadline for fall applications is June 1, 2020, although applications may be considered after the deadline if there is space in the course. Please contact your regional Program Coordinator (see below) or if you are interested in spring courses or have any other questions.

  • If selected in the first round, you will be asked to interview with a PA Master Naturalist representative.
  • All candidates must complete a background check through the PA Master Naturalist program’s approved company.

Tuition: $400 (this includes initial training and a full year of program engagement and services; and a $25 fee for the volunteer screening).  A $75 tuition discount is offered to applications received by the early application deadline (January 10th for spring and May 1st for fall).


Southeast PA Coordinator: Ellyn Nolt, (717) 368-4899,

Southwest PA Coordinator: Maeve Rafferty, (412) 660-7581,