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

Do you want to work in a National Park?

Philip Varela, Field Paleontology, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, 2014

The application deadline passed on 2 February. Only two positions (Astronomy Assistant at Devils Tower National Monument and Natural Resource Interpreter at Fort Matanzas National Monument) are still accepting applications. Apply online by 2 March.

Also, the current federal "hiring freeze" does not apply to programs such as GIP. Therefore, the program, and the opportunities it is providing for 2017, are moving forward in the usual fashion.

The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for students and professionals in the geosciences and other natural resource fields who want to use their natural resource science expertise to help the NPS to better understand and manage its natural resources.

The Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) program works with partners to match college students and recent graduates age 18 - 35 years old with short-term, paid, internships with the National Park Service. Participants may assist with research, synthesis of scientific literature, geologic mapping, GIS analysis, site evaluations, resource inventorying and monitoring, impact mitigation, developing brochures and informative media presentations, and educating park staff and park visitors. GIP positions can last from 3 months to one-year.

Participants selected for the GIP program have a unique opportunity to contribute to the conservation of America's national parks. Upon successful completion of a project, participants may be eligible for an AmeriCorps education award.

Parks benefit from a participant's knowledge and skills in geological or other natural resource science field, while participants gain valuable work experience by working with the National Park Service. Program participants must be 18 - 35 years old and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

This program is run in partnership with the Geological Society of America (GSA) and Environmental Stewards™. GSA advertises the program, recruits qualified candidates, and manages the online application process. Once a candidate is offered a GIP position, Environmental Stewards enrolls them in the program, administers their payments and benefits, and serves as their point of contact throughout the program.

For more details:  GIP flyer

Apply for:
Devils Tower or Ft. Matanzas

The application deadline passed on 2 February. Only two positions (Astronomy Assistant at Devils Tower National Monument and Natural Resource Interpreter at Fort Matanzas National Monument) are still accepting applications. Apply online by 2 March.

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If you have questions about the GIP program, please e-mail Matt Dawson and Allison Kerns.