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GeoCorps Program Facts

topProgram Description

Through the GeoCorps America Program, GSA places all levels of geoscientists — college students, professionals, and retirees — in temporary summer positions with the National Parks Service, BLM, and the USDA Forest Service. Land managers send position descriptions to GSA, GSA posts the positions and recruits applicants through the GSA web site, the site supervisor screens applicants for those who qualify, interview top candidates by phone, and make the final selection. Participants receive a living stipend and on-site housing (or housing allowance) during their geoscience project assignment.

The GeoCorps program dates back to 1997 when, through a partnership with the National Park Service’s Geoscientists-In-the-Parks (GIP) program, GSA placed two college-level students in summer internships in the national parks. By the year 2000, the program was redesigned and renamed the GeoCorps America Program. Since then, the number of geoscience projects has steadily increased across the US.

The need for geoscience expertise in America's National Parks, National Forests, and BLM lands is great. In many cases, geoscience is not adequately addressed in education, resource management, geological hazards mitigation, and research on public lands. The Geological Society of America, through the GeoCorps program, strives to increase the number of geoscientists on-the-ground contributing to the research and protection of geologic resources and developing education and outreach activities.

GeoCorps remains closely linked to the NPS Geoscientists-In-the-Parks (GIP) program. Thus, GeoCorps participants at NPS locations are also considered "GIPs". Examples of work done for the NPS by past GeoCorps participants/GIPs can be viewed on the GIP website.

topGeoCorps Program Goals

The goals of the GeoCorps program are to:

Guest Scientist Program Overview

The GeoCorps Guest Scientist Program has evolved as a branch of GeoCorps America. Traditionally, most GeoCorps participants have been relatively new geoscientists or geoscientists-in-training for whom it is beneficial to spend the summer at a National Park, National Forest, or BLM Unit gaining on-the-ground experience in geology and geology-related fields. Their knowledge and skills enable them to assist public lands in discrete geoscience projects.

However, many public lands have needs for a higher level of expertise, or for a longer-term project than a three-month GeoCorps project can offer. To address these needs, we have launched a new component of Geocorps known as the Guest Scientist Program. Through this program, public land managers are able to submit geoscience and geoscience-related projects which require up to one year’s time and/or a specialization of expertise within a specific geoscience field. The GeoCorps Participants of these higher needs projects are classified as Guest Scientists.

Any qualified candidate that meets all of the eligibility requirements can apply for Guest Scientist positions. Previous GeoCorps participants are not eligible to apply for regular three-month GeoCorps positions, but they are eligible to apply for Guest Scientist positions.


The Geological Society of America and its federal partners—the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management—are proud to announce the development of an exciting new facet of the GeoCorps America program—GeoCorps Diversity Internships! GeoCorps Diversity Internships are intended to increase diversity within the geosciences. The principal goal of the GeoCorps America Diversity Internships is to stimulate interest in careers in geoscience research and education among groups underrepresented in geoscience professions. This program introduces participants to careers in the federal government and can help create a federal workforce that better reflects the diverse make-up of the U.S. population. Application to the program is open to all qualified people who meet the eligibility requirements.  All applicants are given equal opportunity and selection decisions will be based solely on job-related factors. For more information, see the GeoCorps Diversity Internships web-page.


GSA and its partners are also pleased to present the new GeoCorps American Indian Internships! GeoCorps American Indian Internships were developed to increase the participation of American Indians in the geosciences. This program introduces American Indian participants to careers in the federal government and provides real-world experience with geoscience research and education. American Indians with a background in geoscience and/or related fields, such as natural resources, physical sciences, environmental science, computer science, education/interpretation, recreation management, land management, and others, are strongly encouraged to apply. Application to the program is open to all qualified people who meet the eligibility requirements.  All applicants are given equal opportunity and selection decisions will be based solely on job-related factors. For more information, see the GeoCorps American Indian Internships web-page.

topGeoCorps Participants and Locations

Read Field Stories from geoscientists who have participated in the GeoCorps program.
See the list of all the public lands that have hosted GeoCorps projects.

Year Total # of
National Parks National Forests BLM Other
ALL YEARS 759 468 154 92 4
2012-2013 Fall/Winter 19 17 1 0 1
2012 Summer 122 85 15 19 3
2011 93 63 15 15  
2010 95 63 16 16  
2009 81 51 17 13  
2008 66 25 11 12  
2007 43 16 7 10  
2006 41 18 9 5  
2005 38 24 12 2  
2004 23 12 10    
2003 38 20 15    
2002 34 20 14    
2001 32 24 8    
2000 16 12 4    
1999 10 10      
1998 6 6      
1997 2 2