The Scientists in Parks Fellows Program is great opportunity for students to gain experience tackling new management issues while working in a national park. This highly competitive program is looking for the most qualified students who are also interested in professional career in the federal service.

Below is a list of application tips to consider while applying to the SIP Program.

  1. Be sure to read very carefully
    • The project description to which you are applying
    • The eligibility rules
    • The application system instructions
  2. Write great essays
    • Highlight skills and experience that are directly relevant to the project(s) to which you are applying. Make sure we can also find it on your resume or CV!
    • Speak to your career aspirations to work with public lands management
    • Point to experience managing projects, working in a team, and working independently to meet goals
  3. Write a great resume/CV
    • Make it easy for us to see your relevant coursework, skills, and experience (academic, professional, volunteer, or otherwise)
  4. Increase your chances by considering
    • Less famous parks
    • Only positions that fits your existing skills (not future skills)
  5. Hound your references
    • Your reference will receive a link to independently submit their letter of recommendation
    • These letters must be submitted by January 31st.

Still have questions or interested in learning more? Watch the video at the beginning of this page for our recent webinar where we go over, program details, application tips, and hear from two 2020 SIP Fellows alum, Guadalupe Maldonado and Daniel Choi.