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National Park Service – Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) program – 75+ summer opportunities available

The Geological Society of America (GSA) is now recruiting applicants for more than 75 National Park Service “Geoscientists-In-the-Parks” (GIP) opportunities taking place during summer 2016.

GIP participants have the opportunity to work at a National Park and gain valuable work experience. Participants are paid a minimum of $3,600 stipend, travel allowance, provided housing (or a housing allowance) for the duration of the project, and will be eligible for an AmeriCorps™ education award.

Students and recent graduates who are United States citizens or permanent legal residents with a background in natural resource sciences are eligible for the program.

Apply Now
Apply online at GSA’s GIP site by noon (MST) 29 Feb.

About The Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program
GIP was developed by the National Park Service (NPS) Geologic Resources Division (GRD) in 1996. It provides college students and recent graduates 18 – 35 years old with on-the-ground, natural resource, science-based work experience with the National Park Service. This program is run in partnership with the Geological Society of America (GSA) and Environmental Stewards™. GSA advertises the program, recruits qualified candidates, and manages the online application process. Once a candidate is offered a GIP position, Environmental Stewards enrolls them in the program, administers their payments and benefits, and serves as their point of contact throughout the program. Learn more: GIP flyer.

Program Objectives
•Provide on-the-job geoscience and other natural resource science training for college and graduate students and recent graduates 18-35 years old,
•Introduce students and recent graduates to science careers in the National Park Service,
•Build natural resource science technical capacity for parks and central offices, and
•Enhance the public’s understanding of the natural resource sciences.

Park projects may include
•Natural resource research;
•Mapping (geology, plants, animals);
•Assessing geologic hazards;
•Preparing field guides and park resource overviews;
•Assisting in natural resource inventories; and
•Leading interpretive talks or programs for park visitors.

Matthew Dawson – Application, interview, and selection process
Krista Rogers – Program enrollment, pay, administration, AmeriCorps
Lisa Norby – Positions, parks, general program information


physical address: 3300 Penrose Pl, Boulder, CO 80301
mailing address: PO Box 9140, Boulder, CO 80301
p: 303-357-1025 / f: 303-357-1070

Seeking teachers! All-expenses-paid Grand Canyon raft trip

Apply for an all-expenses-paid eight-day raft trip down the Grand Canyon with the National Center for Science Education!  Note the January 5th deadline.  Here’s how to apply: .

Speak up teachers!

Reposted from National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) . . .

What do you really think about science education?  Join the hundreds of colleagues who are turning to Speak Up 2015 ( to share their thoughts on science instruction, their needs as science teachers, and their opinions on technology in schools.  The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete, and will be open through December 18.

Geology of North America Through Native American Stories

Interested in Earth Science and Native American culture?  You might want to check out this resource . . .

Topic: Geology of North America as illustrated by Native American Stories

1.  Geology of North America as illustrated by Native American Stories

Reposted from GSA Education Division Digest.  Posted 15 hours ago.

A free PDF of Geology of North America as illustrated by Native American Stories is available to anyone who requests it at this link:


Geology of North America as illustrated by Native American Stories uses the rock cycle and plate tectonics as the weft and sacred stories of ancient Americans as the warp to weave a complete geologic, geographic, and environmental description and explanation of the plains and mountains of North America to a wide range of audiences and age levels.


This illustrated 27-page essay provides demonstrations and analogies that are easily adapted to a wide range of learners. This book showcases story telling as an effective teaching strategy to achieve current national science learning outcomes and to differentiate instruction among all modalities of learners in the classroom.


Robert McWilliams

Professor Emeritus

Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science


Great K-12 Teaching Resources

The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College has great resources for teaching K-12 Earth Science.  Check them out at .

National Association of Geoscience Teachers Membership Drive

Student membership: $25
K-12 Educator Membership: $45
Dear Earth Educator,

Fall marks the beginning of the NAGT membership drive.

By joining NAGT, you are supporting NAGT’s valuable professional development opportunities and award programs. This year NAGT sponsored the inaugural Earth Educators’ Rendezvous in Boulder, Colorado in July. More than 300 educators from across the country and a variety of institution types came together to capitalize on the experience of colleagues in a wide range of fields and to network with others engaged in improving undergraduate Earth education. Due to the generosity of members and donors such as yourself, we increased our Field Study Scholarship award for undergraduate geoscience students from $500 to $750 in 2015. NAGT celebrates dedicated K-12 educators with our annual Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award. NAGT’s Stout Professional Development Grant awards $750 to K-12 and 2-year college educators to assist them in attending conferences and workshops, performing research, and buying classroom supplies. You can find out more about our educational resources, professional development workshops, and awards on our website.

When you join, you will receive access to NAGT’s two publications. The Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE) is the premier peer-reviewed publication for geoscience education research, curriculum, and instruction at the undergraduate and pre-college levels. In the Trenches (ITT) is a full color, 16-page publication, designed to provide a forum for geoscience education dialogue targeting educators in the classroom. 


A printable PDF is available on our website at You can send the completed form and a check to
NAGT Attn: Membership
c/o Carleton College W-SERC
1 North College St
Northfield, MN 55057 

NAGT thanks you for considering NAGT membership.

Save the date for the 2016 Earth Educators’ Rendezvous: July 18-22, 2016 in Madison, WI

Students join free! National Earth Science Teachers Association

Pre-service teachers can join the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) at no cost:
Student membership – We are now offering up to two sequential free years of NESTA membership for students at the undergraduate or graduate university level who are studying to become teachers or scientists in the Earth and space sciences, environmental sciences, or related disciplines. For more details, and how to apply,
-Michael Passow