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Resident Scientist

Yellowstone Forever Resident scientist


Position:         Yellowstone Forever Resident Scientist

Location:         Gardiner Montana

Reports To:     Yellowstone Forever Program Coordinator

Status:             Volunteer

Term:              Openings are available year-round for periods ranging from 2 weeks to a maximum of 6 months


Summary Description:

Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever. Our combined operations include 11 educational Park Stores with gross sales of over $5.1 million; the Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers more than 600 in-depth programs each year; a supporter program of over 50,000 Yellowstone enthusiasts raising funds to support critical park priority projects; and an online community of over 300,000 worldwide. Yellowstone Forever has provided over $100 million of cash support and over $55 million of in-kind support since 1933. Our mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come. 

Art and science were major forces in the successful efforts to create the world’s first national park, Yellowstone.  Thomas Moran’s paintings and drawings and William Henry Jackson’s photographs, combined with the scientific report of Ferdinand Hayden, helped convince Congress in 1872 that this place was uniquely beautiful and valuable. Art has continued to inspire people around the world to preserve places for spiritual rejuvenation, educational opportunities, scientific inquiry, and connection to the beauty of the natural world.   

Bob and Connie Landis have carried on that legacy of artistic and scientific excellence in the Yellowstone region through the creation of award winning art and teaching that art to future generations. The Landis Artist and Scientist Residency Program will provide artists and scientists an unparalleled opportunity to live and work in Yellowstone country.

The Yellowstone Forever Resident Scientists are research scientists who are conducting research in Yellowstone either independently (with appropriate YNP research permits) or in conjunction with Yellowstone National Park researchers. Research topics must fall within at least one area of Yellowstone National Park’s Primary Interpretive Themes (Geology, Geothermal Features, Natural Resource Preservation, Wildlife, Ecosystem, Human Culture and History, First National Park, Wildness, Climate Change & Sustainability, Management). 

Through the Landis Scientist Residency Program, Yellowstone Forever will provide a living space for visiting scientists who are actively working on scientific projects focused on Yellowstone National Park. This can include scientists working on independent research projects that are permitted through the Yellowstone Center for Resources or scientists who are participating in research projects being led by Yellowstone National Park staff or Yellowstone Forever staff including the Citizen Science program.

The science residency program runs year round. Scientist are selected for periods ranging from two weeks to six months. A committee of will review all applications and make the final decisions.

Scientist-in-Residency will:



This is a volunteer position located in Gardiner, Montana at the Bob & Connie Landis Residency, just outside the northern gate of Yellowstone National Park. Residents will be provided with housing in a fully-furnished home overlooking the Yellowstone River for a modest lease rate of $75/week. Volunteers must provide their own health insurance for any health issues unrelated to the volunteer duties. Yellowstone Forever volunteers also receive a 30% discount on most Park Stores products. Discounts on other courses and products are also offered. Benefits of this position also include knowing that your efforts directly benefit Yellowstone National Park and having the opportunity to work in one of the world’s premiere wilderness areas.


Yellowstone Forever is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, political beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.