NPS Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program

Do you want to work in a National Park?

Philip Varela, Field Paleontology, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, 2014
The application deadline for fall/winter 2020-2021 positions passed on 15 June 2020. No GIP positions are accepting positions at this time. The full list of fall/winter 2020-2021 positions may be viewed here (PDF), for reference. These fall/winter project descriptions were developed prior to the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, project timelines and structure remain flexible and it may be necessary to postpone start dates, begin work remotely, or reformulate project descriptions. Should any development in the COVID-19 outbreak impair a project's timeline or results, the GIP Team will work with the park and project mentors to assess the situation and determine the best course of action at that time.

Update to age limit: Program participants must be between 18 to 30 years old, or military veterans up to age 35.

Each GIP project will only accept the first 100 applicants. GSA recommends setting up your online application and adding your project selections early.

Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) matches college students and recent graduates with short-term, paid opportunities with the National Park Service.

The National Park Service (NPS) actively seeks students and professionals in the geosciences and other natural resource fields who want to use their expertise to help the agency to better understand and manage its natural resources. The program provides participants a unique opportunity to contribute towards the conservation of America's national parks.


Participants may assist with:

  • Site evaluations
  • Resource inventorying and monitoring
  • Impact mitigation
  • Geologic mapping
  • GIS analysis


  • Research
  • Synthesis of scientific literature and reporting
  • Developing informative media
  • Educating park staff and park visitors

GIP positions can last from three months to one year. Program participants must be between 18 to 30 years old, or military veterans up to age 35. Program participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident. Upon successful completion of a project, participants may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.


Webinar (Recording) - Career Pathways: Working in National Parks

Two speakers share their journeys to positions as geoscientists with the National Park Service.



About the Program

This program is run in partnership with the Geological Society of America (GSA) and Stewards Individual Placement Program. GSA advertises the program, recruits qualified candidates, and manages the online application process. Once a candidate is offered a GIP position, Stewards enrolls them in the program, administers their payments and benefits, and serves as their point of contact throughout the program.

Geoscientists-in-the-Parks participants are considered AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps limits the number of terms an individual can serve to four terms. If an applicant has previously completed four GIP or other AmeriCorps positions, they will not be eligible to apply for an additional GIP position.

For more details:
GIP flyerGIP Annual Report (FY19)Webinar Slides: NPS 2020 Internships

GSA also invites you to look at the opportunities offered through the GeoCorps America program.

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If you have questions about the GIP program, please e-mail

GIP participants.