Applications for Summer 2022 are now closed. 

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Every year, the Scientists in Parks (SIP) Program places hundreds of college students, recent graduates, and early career professionals across the National Park System to work on natural resource management needs. Each opportunity with the SIP Program affords a distinct and memorable experience with projects that vary based on location, length, focus, and complexity. Past projects include mapping sand dunes at Fire Island National Seashore, surveying towering cacti at Saguaro National Park, and protecting nesting sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore.

The Ecological Society of America is a proud partner of the Scientists in Parks Program.


Find Your Place Within SIP

The Scientists in Parks Program is committed to providing all aspiring professionals—especially those underrepresented in science—with a unique opportunity to work on important real-world projects while building professional experience under the mentorship and guidance of the National Park Service (NPS).

It’s a paid opportunity!

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Am I Eligible to be a part of the Scientists in Parks Program?

Any aspiring professional who is a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident may participate in the Scientists in Parks Program. The SIP Program encourages interested persons to apply to current projects in line with their particular education, experience, or skills.


What are the Scientists in Parks Fellows?

Scientists in Parks Fellows, managed by the Ecological Society of America, are a subset of available SIP projects that target highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students with advanced skills in a range of disciplines to complete highly rigorous projects. Upon successful completion, SIP Fellows are eligible to be hired without competition into the National Park Service and other bureaus under the Department of the Interior’s Direct Hire Authority.

For SIP Fellows positions, you must be an enrolled college student for the duration of the position.

SIP Fellows Benefits & Eligibility Details


Wait there’s more

Are you an aspiring professional still interested in the Scientists in Parks, but no longer a student? Or perhaps you are a student in search of a different opportunity? Fret not! The benefits and eligibility requirements of the SIP Program vary based on the types of projects that are currently available. Head back to the main SIP site to view a full list of all current projects available, not just SIP Fellows projects, that may better suit your career stage or personal goals.

The Ecological Society of America is a proud partner of the Scientists in Parks Program.