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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 232954-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences

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-Madison, Division of Extension.

The Project Geoscientist under the supervision of Project Principal Investigators (PIs) will involve collection of geophysical and geological data, GIS analysis, hydrologic mapping, structural mapping, measurements of streams and springs; water quality sampling of spring and stream water; and management of associated data.

This position will start around July 1, 2021 and end in a year. This position may be renewed contingent on funding. 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 LTEs that will assist with these tasks.

Some initial goals of the position will be:
1. Gain familiarity with geology, hydrostratigraphy, and mineralization patterns within the projects area.
2. Work with WGNHS staff and local well drillers to access wells of opportunity, quarries, and other sites relevant to mapping.
3. Work with WGNHS staff to streamline collection of geophysical well logs, and collection and processing of analyses from drill core

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.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree in Geology, GeoScience or Relevant field required. Master's degree or one or more years of relevant work experience preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. Ability to gain and maintain UW Driving Authorization
2. Ability to lift 50 lbs
3. Basic familiarity with Microsoft Office
4. Ability to independently accomplish detail-oriented work duties, and collaboratively advance team projects
5. Strong verbal and written communication skills, willingness to learn and share knowledge with colleagues, and strong organizational skills

1. Experience with Arc GIS and Petrel
2. Experience conducting field work
3. Experience describing core and creating geologic maps and cross-sections
4. Experience characterizing and interpreting Mississippi Valley Type mineralization
5. Experience collecting analyses using a scanning electron microscope and/or electron microprobe
6. Coursework or field experiences in the fundamentals of hydrogeology, structural geology, and economic geology

Additional Information:

The candidate selected for this position will initially work remotely for office duties but must be in WI for field work. Afterwards, may work on onsite, or a combination of onsite and remote work as per approved telecommuting agreement. Remote work requires successful candidates to possess their own high-speed Internet, a computer, and phone. The candidate will also need to make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions, including eligibility to drive State vehicles. This position has regular travel throughout Wisconsin, where they will perform outdoor fieldwork including travel to field sites over potentially difficult terrain, and work outdoors in inclement weather under hot, cold, or wet conditions.

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.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $40,000 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.

As applicants move on to next steps in the process, they will be asked to provide names and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of at least three references.


Carsyn Ames
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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