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. We match young adults 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. SIP positions can last from 3 months to one-year.
Eligibility and Applying
For more information about eligibility and applying, please visit our How to Apply page.
- Each position accepts up to 100 applications before closing
- Apply for up to 5 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 vary between May and September.
Winter: applications open in early May and close mid-June. Position start dates vary between October and April.
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.
Position 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 positions 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.
“ I take particular pride in the fact that I never left until I was confident that people were more excited about astronomy than they were when they came. ”
“ I loved this position and everything I learned from it will enhance my career moving forward. ”
“ I loved learning about the park as a whole, how one process is connected to another, and how humans are affecting these processes. ”