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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 263573-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History (WGNHS) is seeking a hydrogeologist who will focus on developing groundwater resource information primarily at county or local scales in the state of WI and assisting state and local governments, agriculture, industry, and the public in interpreting and using the information.

WGNHS was established in 1853 and 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 individuals. The WGNHS is a part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension.
This position will start around September, 1, 2022 and end in three years. This position may be renewed contingent on funding. Here is a general outline of job duties that is not intended to be comprehensive in nature.

- Manage and conduct groundwater investigations on various aspects of the hydrogeology of Wisconsin in a timely and efficient manner including project leadership, project management, seeking funding as appropriate, planning, preparation of proposals, budgeting, field work, data management, and report/manuscript preparation.
- Perform field work, such as monitoring-well installation, water-level measurement, streamflow measurement, pumping and slug tests, and collection of water samples and geophysical logs.
- Collect, analyze, and interpret hydrogeologic data using subsurface data and literature reviews; use technology to develop and update project-specific databases; exchange, and share data with project cooperators, and incorporate subsurface and surface mapping data into WGNHS databases.
- Communicate the results of investigations through workshops, training sessions, and lectures for a variety of scientific, technical, regulatory and public audiences including local and county governments and publication of peer-reviewed written reports and maps.
- Collaborate with other WGNHS staff, state, local, and federal agencies, and respond to the public's questions and problems concerning Wisconsin's geology and hydrogeology.
- Provide peer review of internal and external publications, serve on committees, and supervise employees to assist with investigations.
- Be responsive to evolving position, program, office and organizational needs; perform additional duties as requested.
- Reach a diverse audience and ensure access to programs, facilities and educational services in a manner that is inclusive.

Responsibilities: Scientist I (RE043)
Scientist II (RE044)
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


Bachelor's Degree in geology (or a closely related field) with a focus on Hydrogeology.

Master's Degree in hydrogeology or a closely related field.


- Minimum of 2 years relevant professional experience or Master's degree.
- Interest and experience/training in one of the following fields related to Hydrogeology: geochemistry, groundwater modeling, contaminant hydrogeology, karst/fractured rock systems, hydrostratigraphy, or applied geophysics.
- Demonstrated skills and experience in constructing hydrogeologic maps and cross sections.
- Demonstrated experience conducting field-based hydrogeologic investigations.
- Demonstrated ability to write, teach, present, and otherwise communicate ideas effectively to a broad audience.
- Demonstrated experience with hydrogeologic and GIS software, spreadsheets, and graphic analysis/GIS applications.
- Commitment to respectful, open colleague communications; strong interpersonal relationship and problem-solving skills in a team setting; ability to work collaboratively with other staff and with other scientists within the University system.
- 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.

- More than two years of relevant professional experience.
- Familiarity with groundwater issues in the Upper Midwest, especially Wisconsin.
- Demonstrated experience with groundwater flow models.
- Demonstrated experience with subsurface data such as well construction reports.
- Experience with pursuing extramural funding sources, and writing grants
- Interest and experience in developing groundwater research programs
- Experience with the application of geologic principles to hydrogeologic issues.
- Skillful in establishing and maintaining professional work relationships and networks, especially with local and county governments.
- Demonstrated ability and interest to supervise and mentor others, including students, engaged in mutual work projects.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 80% - 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


This position will start around September, 1, 2022 and end in three years. This position may be renewed contingent on funding.


Minimum $56,734 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at (

Additional Information:

Applicants for this position will be considered for the titles listed in this posting. The title is determined by the experience and qualifications of the finalist.

A Criminal Background Check will be performed.

WGNHS recognizes the value and importance of diversity, particularly as it improves the quality of our science and informs equitable service to the residents of Wisconsin. We understand that there is a lack of diversity in the field of geoscience, and that continued work and reflection on systemic barriers to diversity in our field are required. WGNHS staff and our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee are actively learning and working to implement positive change in our organization so we can effectively support diversity in our staff and in our community engagement. We enthusiastically encourage applications from communities that are not well represented or advocated for in the geosciences, including people of color, people with disabilities, women, and people who identify as LGBTQ.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a remote work policy that offers the potential for remote or hybrid work. More about that policy within the Division of Extension can be found here:

How to Apply:

We are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position. Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience and a resume/CV detailing your educational and professional background. Please keep in mind, applicants need to articulate all required qualifications in their cover letter and/or resume. Applicants who have preferred qualifications should share those too in the cover letter and/or resume. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.

We are committed to reducing bias in the recruitment process and utilize a redacted application process, which is the practice of removing personally identifiable information from application materials, before the screening of applicants begins. This may include, but is not limited to, name, gender, age, education, address, dates (such as graduation dates), photos, references, links to personal webpages, supervisor names, and/or citizenship.


David Hart
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:

Scientist I(RE043) or Scientist II(RE044)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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