Scientists in Parks

Scientists in Parks, National Park Service
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Discover meaningful, career-building experiences that cultivate your potential and connection with America’s national parks.

Application period:

Closed for Winter 2021With the exception of two GIS projects (Geologic Resources DivisionChattahoochee River National Recreation Area), which are still accepting applications until they are filled. We will begin to accept applications in December 2021 for summer projects with start dates between May - September.

Please note a maximum of 100 applicants can apply to the same SIP Intern project, so some projects may be "full" before the application deadline.

Basic eligibility:

Program participants must be between 18 to 30 years old, or military veterans up to age 35. Learn more.

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Where is Geoscientists-in-the-Parks?

Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) is uniting with related National Park Service (NPS) programs to create Scientists in Parks (SIP), a new NPS program that will offer the opportunities previously found through the GIP program, and much more. The new program model helps strengthen the framework for providing science-related, career-building experiences in partnership with NPS.

An Immersive Experience

Scientists in Parks provides immersive, paid work experiences in natural resource fields so the next generation of park stewards—especially those underrepresented in science—have a unique opportunity to work on important real-world projects while building professional experience and a life-long connection to America’s national parks. Learn more.

Program Scope

Project areas will encompass the biological, physical, and social sciences and will address a spectrum of topics—including air quality, climate change, geology, hydrology, night skies, paleontology, communication, and outreach.

The program also invites science-related projects that intersect with the human dimensions of managing natural resources.


SIP welcomes aspiring professionals to apply and we invite the full participation of individuals currently being underserved in STEM career fields. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from racially and/or ethnically diverse communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from LGBTIQ+ communities, and individuals who experience intersectionality with one or more of these identities.