Scientists in Parks

About Us

We guide SIP Interns through positive and productive work experiences that address the current scientific needs of national parks and foster the next generation of diverse stewards.

A person hikes on a red desert trail with soaring canyon walls in the distance.

Program Partners


The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural resources, cultural resources, and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout the United States and the world. The NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) manages Scientists in Parks and provides scientific, technical, and administrative support to national parks for the management of natural resources.

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The Stewards Individual Placement Program provides participants across the nation with project opportunities that promote community values and help preserve natural resources. Stewards partners with federal and tribal governments, as well as non-profit organizations looking to build institutional capacity, develop community relationships, and support ecosystem health. Stewards helps employ and administer SIP Intern enrollment, AmeriCorps benefits, payment of stipends, travel, housing allowance, resolution of issues, and program reporting.

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The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists. Their mission is to advance the science and practice of ecology and support ecologists throughout their careers. They envision a future where people embrace science to understand and foster a thriving planet. Central to ESA’s work is the mentoring of young scientists in the field. ESA organizes activities during its annual meetings to help students review their resumes, hone their interviewing skills, and share tips to succeed as scientists and professionals in all sectors. ESA is the administrative and engagement partner for the SIP Fellows program where they host webinars, conduct site visits and evaluations, and organize social sessions during the ESA Annual Meeting. 

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GSA is a global professional society with a membership of more than 20,000 individuals in more than 100 countries. GSA provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The Society unites thousands of earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose—to study and share scientific findings that shed light on the mysteries of our planet and beyond. GSA helps promote the program to prospective applicants and assists with managing the application system for SIP Interns. GSA has partnered with the National Park Service on work experience programs since 1997, and Stewards Individual Placement Program since 2016.

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