The Scientists in Parks program provides immersive, paid full work experiences with the National Park Service in natural resource fields so the next generation of park stewards—especially those underrepresented in science—have an opportunity to work on important and unique projects while building real-world professional experience and a life-long connection to America’s national parks. Positions can last from 3 months to one year and are all full time, AmeriCorps positions.

Eligibility and Applying

For more information, please visit our Eligibility and How to Apply pages.

- Each position accepts up to 100 applications before closing
- Apply for up to five positions per season
- Make sure your availability is a good match to the dates and duration of the position

Summer: applications open in early December and close mid-January. Position start dates occur between May and September.
applications open in early May and close mid-June. Position start dates occur between October and April.

Program Values
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.

The Scientists in Parks program is a collaboration between Stewards Individual Placements (a program of Conservation Legacy), the National Park Service, Ecological Society of America, and the Geological Society of America.

  • Allison Culliney

    Education Assistant

    “ I have been interested in working for the NPS for much of my life, and this internship gave me real experience with the organization. ”

  • Nicole Benshoff

    Geology Assistant

    “ I loved learning about the park as a whole, how one process is connected to another, and how humans are affecting these processes. ”

  • Michelle Gillmore

    Hydrology Assistant

    “ Highlights were definitely the people I worked with, getting to dive into a project from start to finish, and interesting and fun days working in the field with co-workers. ”