Landis Scientist-In-Residence Program

Landis Scientist-In-Residence Program

The Landis Science in Residence program carries on the long legacy of scientific excellence in the Greater Yellowstone community.

Bob Landis has generously built the residence to honor the legacy of his late wife, artist and educator, Connie Landis.  

The Landis gift to Yellowstone Forever will provide artists and scientists an unparalleled opportunity to live and work in Yellowstone country. The Landis gift will provide quality housing for them as well as an endowed program to take part in. 


When: Year round
Location: Gardiner, Montana
Length: 1-6 months per scientist
Who can apply: Scientists must be 21 with work done in the last two years. Read the full list of requirements below.
Application deadline: Ongoing
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Facility: The Gardiner-based Yellowstone Forever Art and Science Residence is a duplex home located on a residential street in Gardiner, Montana at the North entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

The residence will house up to two artists and two scientists simultaneously. The artists will reside on one level of the duplex and share laundry and work space with the scientists. Each level has two bedrooms. The resident will have their own bedroom but share the rest of the space with another scientist. The facility can accommodate a limited number of family members for an additional fee. If interested in bringing your family, please indicate this in your application form. The housing space is fully furnished and includes bedding for three beds and a kitchen stocked with appliances and utensils.

The Heritage and Research Center is also located in Gardiner and houses Yellowstone’s museum collection, archives, herbarium, research library, and archeology lab. The collection is one of the largest in the National Park system with several million items.

The scientist will also have access to the Yellowstone Forever Institute’s Library.

Collaboration: Please have one person listed as the main applicant and include your specific needs for lodging and workspace. Each member must supply an individual resume as part of the application.

Travel: Entry fees into the park will be covered by Yellowstone Forever. Residents are responsible for finding their own transportation to Gardiner, MT. Yellowstone National Park is 2.2 million acres with 466 miles of road and a vehicle is necessary to fully experience all the park has to offer. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

Communication/Internet: Gardiner has cell phone service and Wifi is also provided to the resident. Cell service is limited when traveling in the interior of the park.

Food: Residents are required to provide all their own food and meals. The residence has a complete kitchen stocked with basic cooking essentials. Gardiner has a grocery store and several restaurants.

Materials: Yellowstone Forever provides a work space in the Landis Residency with basic supplies, hardware, and furniture. The resident must provide all their own materials for their personal projects.

Weather: Throughout the summer months the weather in Yellowstone can range from 90 degrees during the day to 30 degrees at night. Winters in Yellowstone can be brutal with highs at 32 degrees and dropping below -20 degrees. The resident should be prepared to handle a variety of weather events and should check the forecast before arrival.

Public Programs: We ask Gardiner-based residents prepare a one hour presentation to be given either at the Yellowstone Forever office building in Gardiner or during the Science on Tap program through the Sage Lodge located in Paradise Valley.

Pets: Pets are not allowed in the residence due to allergies and the limited access for pets to be in the park. Service animals are allowed and please disclose this information in your application.

Smoking: Smoking is not allowed in the residence or the grounds of the building.

Non-Compete Agreement: Residents will be required to sign a Non-Compete contract valid during the entirety of their stay in the Yellowstone Forever Residence. Residents may not work for other competing companies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while residing in the Yellowstone Forever space. All volunteer work must be cleared with the Vice President of Employee and Volunteer Engagement before residents can engage in said activity. Residents who break this contract will forfeit their residency and be required to move out immediately.

Fees: The application process is free. Selected residents will be provided with housing in a fully-furnished home overlooking the Yellowstone River for a modest lease rate of $100/week. A partner or spouse is allowed to accompany them. If a scientist wishes to have the entire level to themselves, the fee is $200 weekly for both bedrooms and the scientist is allowed 2 additional family members. Residents must submit a $100 cleaning deposit.

Application deadline and link:All applications must be submitted through the Yellowstone Forever application which will become available on March 1, 2020.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Questions can be directed to

Work Sample Requirements: All work submitted should relate to the nature of the work the resident plans to produce during their residency.

  • Scientist: 3-5 published papers or 15 pages of research. Provided in a Word doc, URL, or PDF.
  • Undergraduate/Graduate Student: 1-3 published papers and/or a description of your past and current work, 500 word limit.

Statement of Intent: In the application you will describe your scientific research (discipline/ medium/ activity) and how spending time in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will benefit your work. Some collecting of biological and geological materials is permitted, through a permitting process. Please describe what you might collect and what you anticipate you may need: Limit 500 words.

Public Outreach Proposal: The resident will submit a proposal on their public presentation. Limit 300 words. 

Biography: The resident will submit a short biography. Limit 300 words.

Resume: The resume should include experience, publications, awards. Limit 4 pages.

Preferred Dates: In the application please list three time periods you will be available up to one year from your application submission. Check in is typically on a Tuesday and check out on a Thursday. Note if you are flexible.


  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
  • International applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and have the ability to provide work documents (i.e. SSN).
  • Applicants must pass a background check once selected.
  • Scientists who are actively working on scientific projects focused on Yellowstone National Park are eligible to apply. 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 including the Citizen Science Program.

Selections and terms: Each residency will last from one to six months, and the residencies run year round.

A board of National Park Service employees, and Yellowstone Forever staff will review and make the final scientist selections.

The program seeks artists whose works are related to the park’s interpretative themes and support the mission of the National Park Service.

Yellowstone National Park’s Primary Interpretive Themes:

  • Geology: Yellowstone lies on a restless part of the earth. Physical evidence of the park’s geologic history spans at least 2.7 billion years, and geologic forces continue to shape the land and the patterns of life on the landscape today.
  • Geothermal Features: Yellowstone has more active geothermal features (geysers, hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles) than the rest of the world combined; they are a product of underlying  geologic activity, and their heated waters are habitat for diverse thermophilic life forms that we are only beginning to understand.
  • Natural Resource Preservation: The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem preserves a world-renowned biological reserve that includes relatively intact wildlife communities and rare and endangered species.
  • Wildlife: Yellowstone is home to abundant, diverse, and free -ranging wildlife in a largely undisturbed setting. Their survival depends on sufficient and healthy habitats, the preservation of biological diversity, and minimal human interference and impact. Yellowstone’s wildlife provides outstanding opportunities to experience and appreciate the diversity of life.
  • Ecosystem: The greater Yellowstone area is one of the largest and most intact temperate ecosystems in North America. It supports an exceptional concentration and diversity of terrestrial and aquatic life.
  • Human Culture and History: Yellowstone preserves resources associated with more than 11,000 years of human history, which provide insights into a variety of cultures, values, and perceptions, including those of Native Americans, trappers, explorers, miners, Army personnel, National Park Service and private sector concession staffs, neighboring communities, and, for more than 140 years, park visitors.
  • First National Park: Yellowstone is the world’s first national park, and it continues to be a model for the preservation and enjoyment of park resources.
  • Wildness: Yellowstone is an extraordinary place in which to experience wildness.
  • Laboratory: Yellowstone’s diverse resources, ecological processes, and cultural history provide important opportunities for research and education.
  • Climate Change & Sustainability: As Yellowstone’s climate changes, habitats are already changing, affecting continued survival of native species. Engaging in sustainable practices decreases human contributions to climate change.
  • Management: Effective park management requires the protection of resources, promotion of sustainable public use, involvement by and cooperation among interested individuals and groups, and the support of the American people for their National Park System.