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


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 is supported, in part, by funds raised and donated to the GSA Foundation. GSA posts all SIP Intern positions and manages the online application system and process. 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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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. After an applicant is selected for an SIP Intern position, Stewards contacts them and begins to enroll them in the SIP Intern program and in AmeriCorps.

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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.

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