Frequently Asked Questions

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GIP program participants gain outstanding field experience, build their resumes, and provide essential natural resource science assistance to parks.

What should I expect from the GIP program?

GIP program participants:

  • work for 3-12 months on a challenging, worthwhile project in a unique park setting,
  • experience stimulating work and a wide variety of geoscience and other natural resource science projects,
  • work either independently or closely with a mentor,
  • spend a large portion of your time outside, especially if the project is field-based,
  • work directly with park visitors, especially if the project is an education or interpretation position,
  • bring your own field gear (especially broken-in field boots!), unless noted otherwise in the position description,
  • receive park provided housing, or a housing allowance (depending on availability),
  • receive a stipend of $4,200 or more,
  • spend time engaged in one of the most unique, career-enhancing experiences of your life!

How do I find out which GIP positions are available this year?

All current GIP positions are advertised on our partner's website.

Who is eligible for GIP positions?

GIP positions are focused on students, and recent graduates who are United States citizens or permanent legal residents (green card holders). Persons applying for GIP positions must be between 18 to 30 years old, or military veterans up to age 35.

Non-US citizens must apply through the NPS International Volunteers-in-Parks Program (IVIP) at:

How do I apply for a GIP position?

All application information for current GIP positions is posted on our partner's website.

When should I apply? When do the projects begin?

The application process varies with each partner. Spring and summer positions are typically advertised from early December to mid January, and fall and winter positions from early May to mid June. For more information see the program calendars.

Application tips…

If you are interested in applying for a GIP position, carefully review the partner's website before applying. Be sure to address specific questions you may have before accepting a GIP position.

  • Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the partner organization administering the application system (GSA).
  • Questions regarding the individual projects, specific duties, and other arrangements for each position should be directed to the host park.
  • Questions regarding the NPS Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Program should be direct to Limaris Soto, GIP Program Manager, e-mail us.

Make sure to submit all required documents by the application deadline or your application will not be sent to the park for review!

Last updated: December 13, 2019

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