Scientists in Parks Program

The National Park Service (NPS), The Ecological Society of America and several other non-governmental partners bring together decades of experience in national park internships to produce the Scientists In Parks (SIP) Program. The SIP Program merged three earlier National Park Service internships programs: Geoscientists in the Parks, Mosaics in Science, and Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change.

More about the Scientists in Parks program can be found at

What do the partners do for SIP Candidates?

The SIP partners help to advertise the positions, recruit qualified candidates, and manage the online application process. Once a candidate is offered an opportunity with the SIP Program, partners ensure enrollment into the program, administer payments and benefits, and serve as the point of contact throughout the duration of the program.

As one such partner, the Ecological Society of America (ESA), works closely with program leads to provide critical administrative support to SIP Fellows participating in the program. 

The National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) protects and celebrates America’s natural and cultural heritage in over 400 places. These locations include wilderness and natural regions in all the ecosystems of the U.S. and its territories; buildings, sites, and monuments that commemorate our multicultural history; and urban green spaces that support recreation and protect the unique biodiversity of cities. Whether it’s a vast wilderness area, a Civil War battlefield, a unique geological feature, a historic home, or a scenic river, there is a unit of the National Park System in every state and territory of the U.S.

The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve these special places unimpaired for future generations, and to allow for the public to enjoy and learn from them.

The Ecological Society

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915. Our mission is to advance the science and practice of ecology and support ecologists throughout their educational and professional careers. ESA is the nation’s largest community of professional ecologists.  Our 9,000 plus members teach, conduct research and use ecological science to address environmental issues.  

We offer a suite of scientific journals,  professional training, certification, networking at our annual meeting and opportunities for ecologists.
The Ecological Society of America envisions a future where people embrace science to understand and foster a thriving planet.