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Apply now Job no: 98985-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Geology/Cartography

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History (WGNHS) established in 1853 conducts earth-science surveys, field studies, and research. We provide objective scientific information about the geology, mineral resources, and water resources of Wisconsin. We collect, interpret, disseminate, and archive natural resource information. We communicate the results of our activities through publications, technical talks, and responses to inquiries from the public. These activities support informed decision-making by government, industry, business, and individual citizens. The WGNHS is a part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension which is currently in transition to becoming administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This transition is expected to be complete by July 1st, 2019.

The Project Quaternary Geologist under the supervision of Project Principle Investigators (Project PIs), will provide lab and field support to quaternary research and mapping at WGNHS. This position will start July 1st 2019 primarily work on four projects; USGS State map, USGS Great Lakes, USFS- Drummonds, and DNR Central Sands. This position is also accountable to the State Geologist. Day to day activities will be supervised by Project PIs with the Assistant Director of Administration serving as back up supervisor. The position description represents a general outline of job duties, expectations, responsibilities, and is not intended to be comprehensive in nature. This position may periodically supervise students or temporary staff that will assist with these tasks.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree in Geoscience (or a closely related field)

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- At least one course in geomorphology or Pleistocene geology
- Ability to gain and maintain UW Driving Authorization
- Ability to lift 50 lbs
- Ability to work professionally, courteously, collaboratively, and productively with Survey, university, and agency colleagues and a wide variety of external clients and customers
- Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.

- One or more years of relevant work experience
- Familiarity with geological mapping at State Surveys
- Demonstrated experience with core collection
- Demonstrated experience with grain size analysis
- Demonstrated skills and experience in independent field work
- Experience with meta data collection, and databases
- Demonstrated experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Demonstrated understanding of the geology and/or hydrogeology of Wisconsin
- Demonstrated experience in outreach including preparation of educational material for non-science audiences

Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

Working Conditions/ Additional Requirements:
- Make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions, including eligibility to drive State vehicles
- Assume regular travel throughout Wisconsin
- Perform outdoor fieldwork including travel to field sites over potentially difficult terrain
- Work outdoors in inclement weather under hot, cold, or wet conditions
- This position will also need to work out of our Mt. Horeb Core Repository, and UW-Milwaukee lab periodically



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 12 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding


Minimum $36,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the Apply Now button.

You will be asked to provide a cover letter and resume addressing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications and duties in this job description.


Sushmita Lotlikar
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

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