Jobs for Students

There are thousands of opportunities for high school, college, and graduate school students to work with the National Park Service.

Many of these jobs are filled at the park level - so contact the park that interests you - but others are advertised and recruited nationally by the National Park Service or in partnership with several national organizations.

We welcome the interest and involvement of the next generation who will help us care for our nation's environment and preserve her history. Ready to go?

Opportunities include:

Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Internships
  • Undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates
  • Primarily summer internships, but some are in the fall/winter or year-round
  • Geoscience field and office based positions doing research, inventory and monitoring, interpretation and education projects
  • Stipend: $3,000 and up
  • Partner: The Geological Society of America GeoCorps America Program
  • Contact: Lisa Norby, Internship Coordinator, (303) 969-2318, or e-mail us; or
    Matt Dawson, The Geological Society of America, (303) 357-1025, http://rock.geosociety.org/g_corps/index.htm

Mosaics in Science Internships
  • Undergraduate or graduate students
  • Focus on hiring students under-represented in natural resource disciplines
  • Summer, includes a career workshop in Washington DC in August
  • Natural resource sciences - field and office based positions doing research, inventory and monitoring, interpretation and education projects
  • Stipend: $4,000
  • Partner: The Geological Society of America
  • Contact: Lisa Norby, Internship Coordinator, (303) 969-2318, or e-mail us; or
    Matt Dawson, The Geological Society of America, (303) 357-1025, http://rock.geosociety.org/mosaics/

Student Conservation Association
  • High school students and young adults
  • Year-round or summer
  • Interest areas: all
  • SCA places 2,600 people every year with the NPS and other federal, state, local, and private entities
  • Many National Park Service employees got their start with SCA!
  • Contact: NPS Youth Programs, (202) 513-7146 or e-mail us

Public Land Corps
  • Ages 16-26
  • Summer
  • Interest areas: all
  • Partner: Participants managed and recruited by nonprofit organizations (like Student Conservation Association, Corps Network, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local high schools, and job training youth organizations) that receive funding from the NPS
  • Contact: NPS Youth Programs, (202) 513-7146 or e-mail us

Youth Conservation Corps
  • Ages 15-18
  • Summer 8-10 weeks non-residential (except at Yellowstone and Yosemite)
  • Interest areas: conservation work projects and environmental education programs
  • Print an application (pdf- 89k)
  • Apply to the park that interests you or check out your state's YCC program
  • Contact: NPS Youth Programs, (202) 513-7146 or e-mail us

Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates
  • Current students seeking degrees or certificates from accredited institutions (i.e. high schools; vocational and technical schools; and associate, bachelor, graduate, or professional schools).
  • Recent graduates
  • Year-round or summer
  • Interest areas: All
  • Contact: NPS/Office of Human Resources, e-mail us

National Park Business Plan and Consulting Internships
  • Graduate students (MBA, MPA, MPP, environmental and/or public lands management)
  • Summer
  • Interest areas: management consulting, park management, strategic and operational planning, commercial services, public-private partnerships
  • Stipend: $725 per week, plus housing and travel
  • Partner: Student Conservation Association
  • Contact: NPS Business Management Group

Historic Preservation Training Internships
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Year-round or summer
  • Interest areas: historians, archeologists, architects, curators, planners, and archivists
  • Partner: National Council for Preservation Education
  • Contact: NPS/Heritage Preservation Services, Guy Lapsley, (202) 354-2025 or e-mail us

Cultural Resources Diversity Internships
  • Diverse undergraduate and graduate students
  • Summer
  • Interest areas: historic preservation and cultural resources
  • Stipend: $225/week plus housing allowance
  • Partner: Student Conservation Association
  • Contact: NPS/Cultural Resources Diversity Program, Paloma Bolasny, Internship Coordinator, (202) 354-2174 or e-mail us


Historic Sites and Structures Documentation Internships

  • Undergraduate or graduate students
  • Summer
  • On-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings and written historical reports
  • Interest areas: architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, history
  • Stipend: $6,000-$11,000
  • Contact: NPS/Heritage Documentation Programs, Judy Davis, Summer Program Administrator, (202) 354-2135 or e-mail us

Maritime Documentation Internship
  • Undergraduate or graduate students
  • Summer
  • On-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings and written historical reports
  • Interest areas architecture, engineering, or history, maritime preservation
  • Stipend: $6,000
  • Partner: Council of American Maritime Museums
  • NPS Office: NPS/Historic American Engineering Record, Todd Croteau, Internship Coordinator, (202) 354-2167 or e-mail us

Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship
  • Graduate student in architectural history or related fields
  • Summer
  • Interest area: research
  • Stipend: $10,000
  • Partner: Society of Architectural Historians
  • NPS Office: NPS/Historic American Buildings Survey, Lisa Davidson, Fellowship Coordinator,(202) 354-2180 or e-mail us
Volunteer Opportunities