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

How to Apply for a Position

GIP Application Form The application deadline for fall/winter 2020-2021 positions passed on 15 June 2020. No fall/winter positions are currently accepting applications at this time.

Spring/summer positions are posted in early December; applications are due mid-January. Fall/Winter positions are posted in early May; applications are due in mid-June.

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


Determine Eligibility


You do not need to be a GSA member to apply. However, joining GSA has many benefits and ensures that your application information carries over into multiple years and to other GSA programs.

Online Application System

Tips for Applying
to GSA Programs
  • Submit your application through GSA's online system only; materials sent by e-mail or regular mail will NOT be accepted by GSA or its agency partners.
  • You may apply for up to five GIP positions per application period.
  • This Application Worksheet provides a preview of questions candidates are required to answer.
  • The Application Tip-Sheet gives advice on how to successfully submit an application.
  • The Tips for Applying to GSA Programs gives advice on how to submit an application to GSA programs in general.
  • Only one electronic profile/résumé is required, even if you apply for more than one assignment.
  • You must provide a cover letter for EACH assignment that you apply for. The cover letter can be addressed to the Primary Contact listed for each assignment, or it does not need to be addressed to anyone specific it all. (It should not be addressed to GSA staff.)
  • You can modify your profile/résumé at any time before the deadline. All profiles will be considered final after the posted deadline.
  • One letter of recommendation is required; you may include up to three. You should request these letters early to ensure that they are submitted in time, and it's a good idea to request two to three letters so you have at least one as a backup. These letters must be submitted electronically through the online application system.
  • Once you have selected the assignments(s) for which you would like to apply, your GSA profile/home page will list which components of the application have been successfully submitted.
  • Please do not send transcripts; they will not be considered as part of your application. Instead, you must enter your courses and grades directly into the online application database. (Detailed instructions are provided once you set up your application profile.)
  • Each GIP project will only accept the first 100 applicants: after 100 individuals have selected to apply for a single GIP project, the project will automatically stop accepting additional applicants. GSA recommends setting up your online application and adding your project selections early.
  • Deadline: Any application materials received (not submitted, but received) after the deadline will not be considered.

What to expect after applying

  • Agency supervisors will begin the initial contact and interview process about three weeks after the application deadline.
  • Placement offers will be made about six weeks after the application deadline.
  • If you will be out of town (spring break, field work, etc.) during the interview and selection process, make sure you are accessible either by phone or e-mail so that you do not miss a potential interview.
  • Filled assignments will be noted on the GIP Assignments web page.


Contact GSA's GIP team.

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