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GeoCorps™ America



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Engage with geoscience through the USDA Forest Service

GeoCorps™ America is a program of the Geological Society of America (GSA), operated in partnership with government agencies and other organizations committed to science and stewardship. Current partners include the federal agencies like the USDA Forest Service.

This program offers paid short-term geoscience opportunities in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Topic areas include geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping and GIS, minerals, soils, glaciology, geohazards, karst, education, and interpretation.

The GeoCorps program helps geoscientists engage their skills in addressing the scientific and resource management needs of America's federal public lands. The program coordinates projects with professionals at the USDA Forest Service and other agencies, in order to complete geoscience-related work that might not otherwise be possible. GeoCorps projects offer unique experiences to grow professionally, complete meaningful work, and increase the number of geoscientists on the ground advancing the management, research, education and outreach, and stewardship of geologic resources nationwide.


Program Goals

*Increase the number of geoscientists conducting education, research, and resource management projects on America's public lands;
*Enhance the geoscience knowledge available to resource managers and policy makers so better decisions can be made regarding the management of natural resources and mitigation of geological hazards;
*Provide hands-on geoscience experience and internships for aspiring professionals who are working toward careers in industry, academia, or land management;
*Offer seasoned geoscientists the opportunity to share their knowledge with land managers and assist with onsite projects;
*Raise the public's knowledge and awareness of the value of geoscience resources on public lands;
*Instill a public land ethic in current and future generations of geoscientists by having the opportunity to learn and understand federal land management; and
*Enhance the diversity of geoscientists working on America's public lands.


Program Scope

Opportunities take place in some of the most beautiful areas nationwide, and span a wide variety of geoscience-related fields: paleontology, caves and karst, geohazards, mapping and applied GIS, hydrology, fluid and solid minerals, soils, and more.

Most GeoCorps participants are relatively new geoscientists in the early phases of building their careers, for whom it is beneficial to spend the summer at a National Forest or on other federal public lands gaining on-the-ground experience in geology and geoscience-related work. Their knowledge and skills enable them to assist public lands in meaningful ways with important geoscience projects.

Many public lands also have higher-needs projects that require a specific background, level of expertise, or require a longer-term project that extends beyond a summer season. Public land managers are also able to submit geology and geoscience-related projects to GeoCorps that require up to one year’s time on site, and/or expertise within a specific geoscience field. Qualified candidates who meet the program eligibility criteria can apply for these opportunities.

Learn more about the experiences of GeoCorps alumni via GSA's guest blog, Speaking of Geoscience.

Check the GeoCorps Facebook Page and Twitter page for program updates.

Learn more: 
Attend an informational webinar: Wed., Jan. 17, 2024 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MST [Register Now]

GSA also invites you to look at the opportunities offered through the National Park Service's Scientists in Parks Intern program. 



*Apply online at
*Deadline: Sunday, 28 January, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST



Applicants to projects must:
*Be either a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident (Green Card holder)
*Have not completed two GeoCorps projects with the same federal agency previously
*Be able to pass a federal background check and an employment background check from our program's staffing partner
*Possess a valid U.S. driver's license and have a good driving record
*Meet the eligibility criteria for participating in Public Lands Corps projects: remain between 18-30 years old inclusive during the full project participation (military veterans are permitted to be up to 35 years old during participation) and have a high school diploma or GED (16 U.S. Code § 1723 - Public Lands Corps program).

In addition, projects often specify a set of qualifications to participate. We recommend reading the project description carefully for more details. The level of qualifications required does vary among GeoCorps projects based on the complexity and rigor of the project. (GSA membership is not required to apply.)


*We invite the full participation of individuals currently being underserved in STEM career fields. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from racially and/or ethnically diverse communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from LGBTIQ+ communities, all gender identities, and individuals who experience intersectionality with one or more of these identities.
*Applicants do not need to be an enrolled student to apply. We welcome applications from undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates with a college or advanced degree.
*We welcome applicants from diverse disciplines, such as chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, ecology, hydrology, meteorology, the social sciences, and the humanities. Applicants with backgrounds outside of the geosciences should review each project’s qualifications and apply to projects that match the majority of their qualifications.
*Project locations may recommend or require the participant to bring their own personal vehicle. If a vehicle is required, this will be specified in the project description. If you are interviewed for a project, it is a good idea to ask about the vehicle requirements.



Location: Opportunities Available Nationwide, USA

Min. Education: High School

Min. Experience: 0 to 1 years

Entry Level

Salary: $15.00/hr and up

Level: Undergraduate

Opportunity Type: Internships