Scientists in Parks: Why Should I Apply?

Image of SIP participants conducting field work in Denali National Park, George Washington Birthplace National Monument, and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Why Not?

The Scientists in Parks program provides a chance to step out of your comfort zone and into a national park to discover new challenges, meet new colleagues, and find new inspiration. So why wouldn’t you apply?!

Experience & Mentorship

Participation provides a real-world opportunity to gain valuable work experience while exploring career options in science and land management. Successful participants will enjoy opportunities to learn new skills, network with career professionals, and contribute meaningfully to the protection of America’s most beloved places. In addition, many Scientists in Parks projects afford outstanding opportunities for mentorship and leadership development.


All Scientists in Parks participants receive a stipend $480-$640 per week, and free housing (or a housing stipend) for the duration of the project. In addition, successful participants are granted special hiring authorities that provide a potential pathway into federal employment.

Last updated: May 2, 2022


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