STEWARDS INDIVIDUAL PLACEMENT PROGRAM
Photo ÂŠ The National Park Service
THE TAIL END OF 2016 brought about the re-launching of BRIDGE Network as Stewards Individual Placement Program (SIPP). The program continues a commitment to excellence by fostering conservation service in support of communities and ecosystems. SIPP is building on a solid foundation and is focused on serving AmeriCorps members, establishing stronger partnerships, making sure partner goals and objectives are met and that the highest quality experience is had by all. THIS YEAR MARKED THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GEOSCIENTISTS-IN-THE-PARKS (GIP) PROGRAM with the National Park Service. GIP was developed to provide young college students and recent graduates experience in natural resource, science-based work while enabling the NPS to implement crucial projects that they would otherwise not have the capacity to complete. This year, 121 GIP placements completed 75,312 hours of service. Women made up 73% of these placements and the diversity of the program has doubled over the past several years.
In 2016, Stewards Individual Placement Program became a second program partner, joining the Geological Society of America. SIPP brought an expertise in program administration and enabled the GIP program to offer the AmeriCorps Education Award to its participants for the first time. GIP participants earned $218,021 in Education Awards at no cost to the National Park Service. In addition, longer GIP terms are now eligible for health care coverage provided through AmeriCorps. The additional support and changes to the GIP program provided by SIPP have contributed immensely to the quality of the program. Robyn Henderek, pictured above, has been working on a project focused on analyzing fossil remains in Grand Canyon National Park caves. Specifically, her project concerns the presence of Middle to Late Archaic Split Twig Figurines. Through her AmeriCorps service, she has been creating 3D models of significant cave resources using photogrammetry and assisting the hydrology program with the collection and replacement of dye receptor packets from springs along the North Rim of the canyon. Robyn often travels for several days in order to reach the fossils in the cave system. She has accomplished her research through careful planning and support from park staff.