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:

Most winter 2023 opportunities are closed and filled, but check out the GIS Assistant open for applications! Apply by 6 November at 11:59 p.m. EST and plan to start in December.

1 May–11 June at 11:59 p.m. EDT for winter season projects starting between October 2023 and April 2024. Early December to mid-January at 11:59 p.m. EST for summer season projects starting between May and September 2024.

Please note a maximum of 100 applicants can apply to the same SIP Intern position, so some projects may be "full"  and close before the application deadline. Applicants may apply for up to five positions per season.

Basic eligibility:

Program participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. Learn more.

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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.

Scientists in Parks: Becoming an SIP Intern

Recent Webinar on 7 December, 2022
Discover more about the unique, science-driven opportunities to work with national parks before applying to summer season positions. Join program mentors and past participants as they share their experiences, answer questions, and share general advice. View recording and slides.

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.

Visit the NPS page to learn more.


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.

Email if you have questions or would like application assistance.