NPS Park Break 2014

This looks like an excellent opportunity to obtain hands-on experience.  It appears open to students in Canada (check eligibility), but it is for graduate students.  There are four categories:

  • Have completed undergraduate degree and have been accepted into Master’s program
  • Current Master’s degree candidate
  • Have completed Master’s degree and have been accepted into PhD program
  • Current PhD degree candidate (including ABDs)


Applications from eligible graduate students accepted through January 7, 2014

Are you a graduate student thinking about a career in parks, protected areas, and cultural sites? Park Break is an all-expenses-paid, park-based field seminar for students like you. Park Break puts you in a national park unit for a week’s worth of field and classroom activities in close collaboration with park scientists and scholars, managers and administrators, and partner organizations. Organized since 2008 by the George Wright Society in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service, Park Break is a learning experience that you’ll find nowhere else.

In 2014, we are offering two Park Breaks:
*Keweenaw National Historical Park*, located in the rugged Keweenaw Peninsula along Lake Superior in far northern Michigan, will host a Park Break focused on archaeology and cultural resources management during the week of April 7–11, 2014.
*Saguaro National Park*, which straddles Tucson in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, will host a Park Break focused on hydrogeology during the week of March 10–14, 2014.

Park Break is open to graduate students who are currently enrolled and actively pursuing their degree. Minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The deadline is January 7, 2014.

For complete information, and a link to the online application form, go to:

If you have questions, contact the George Wright Society offices at, or 1-906-487-9722.