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Photo of Corrie Floyd at Mount Rainier National Park Photo of Mandy Toong at Katmai National Park and Preserve Photo of Chelsea Feeney at Yellowstone National Park Photo of Chelsea Neill at Mount Rainier National Park Photo of Jonathan Harvey at Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
GIP program participants provide valuable research, resource management, and interpretation assistance to the National Park Service.


The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for geoscience students and experienced professionals who want to use their physical 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 geoscience experts with volunteer opportunities in 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 as well as park visitors. Projects vary from park to park. The majority of GIP positions last for 3 months. Other positions can last for up to one-year.

Geoscientists selected for the GIP program have a unique opportunity to contribute to a variety of important research, resource management, interpretation and education projects. Parks benefit from a participant's knowledge and skills in geological or physical sciences, while participants gain valuable experience by working with the National Park Service. Geoscientists with all levels of experience are encouraged to apply.

Note: Detailed information about specific positions, including scope of work, requirements, stipend, housing, educational credit, and application processes are provided on our partners' websites.

Geoscientists-In-the-Parks: At a Glance

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  • Established in 1996
  • Number of GIP positions: 904
  • NPS units assisted: 158 parks and several central offices
  • Assistance: 441,674 hours

Diversity Internship & American Indian Internship Programs

The National Park Service's Geoscientists-In-the-Parks program in collaboration with The Geological Society of America's GeoCorps America™ Program offers Diversity Internships and American Indian Internships. The principal goal of the Diversity and American Indian Internships is to stimulate interest in careers in geoscience research and education among groups historically underrepresented in geoscience professions, including American Indians. This program introduces participants to careers in the federal government and can help create a federal workforce that better reflects the diverse makeup of the U.S. population. In 2012, there will be fifteen diversity internships available, open to all diverse applicants.

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Key Contacts

Lisa NorbyLisa Norby
Energy and Minerals Branch Chief
Geologic Resources Division
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
(303) 969-2318 (office)
Contact - Lisa Norby

Matt DawsonMatt Dawson
Program Coordinator
GeoCorps America™
The Geological Society of America
Contact - Matt Dawson

GRD Mailing Address
National Park Service
Geologic Resources Division
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, Colorado 80225-0287

Last Updated: January 16, 2014