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Geoscientists-in-the-Parks

Photo of Corrie Floyd at Mount Rainier National Park Photo of Nicole Bader at Glacier National Park Photo of Chelsea Feeney at Yellowstone National Park Photo of Andrew Patel at Bryce Canyon 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.

Overview

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 scientists with short-term, paid, 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 and park visitors. Projects vary from park to park. The majority of GIP positions last for 3 months. Some positions can last for up to one-year.

Participants selected for the GIP program have a unique opportunity to contribute to a variety of important projects in national parks. Parks benefit from a participant's knowledge and skills in geological or other natural resource science field, while participants gain valuable on-the-job experience by working with the National Park Service. Individuals with all levels of experience are encouraged to apply. Program participants must be 18 years or older and a United States citizen or permanent legal resident.


History

The National Park Service, Geologic Resources Division (GRD) created the Geoscientist-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program and began placing geoscientists in parks in 1996. The program responds to requests by park and central office staff for short-term assistance with geologic and other natural resource projects. Participants in the GIP Program enable the National Park Service to complete natural resource projects that would not be feasible without their help. The majority of the GIP positions each year are filled through a partnership with The Geological Society of America's (GSA) GeoCorps™ America Program.


Types of Positions

Three types of Geoscientists-in-the-Parks positions are offered each year: standard GeoCorps/GIPs, Guest Scientists, and Diversity Internships.

  • Standard GeoCorps/GIP positions typically last for 10 - 12 weeks during the spring/summer or fall/winter seasons. Each intern receives a 3,000 stipend, $250 travel allowance, and park-provided housing or a housing allowance.

  • Guest Scientist positions are for projects that require a higher level of expertise or last longer than 3 months. Guest Scientist positions may last up to one year. Based on the participant's expertise, they are paid monthly stipends ranging from $1,000 - $2,000, $250 travel allowance, and park-provided housing or a housing allowance.

  • Diversity Internships target youth aged 18 - 35 years old that are from groups under-represented in the natural resource science fields. Diversity interns receive a $3,000 stipend, $500 travel allowance, and park-provided housing or a housing allowance. For more information on other NPS diversity internships, see the Mosaics in Science website.


Related Links


Key Contacts

Lisa NorbyLisa Norby
Energy and Minerals Branch Chief,
Geoscientist-in-the-Parks & Mosaics in Science Program Manager
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


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


Last Updated: December 17, 2014