Job no: 230166-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Geology/Cartography, Graphic Design

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 GIS Specialist/Cartographer contributes to WGNHS mapping and research projects through cartography and geospatial information management. Primary responsibilities include providing GIS support for geologic mapping projects, collaborating with scientists to create and maintain map databases, and creating cartographic and visualization products. Additional duties may include assisting with GIS database maintenance, researching GIS best practices and documenting workflows, assisting with management of geospatial web maps and services, and creating scripts and models to automate common tasks. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Technical operations and collaborates with other survey staff. Please note that this position description represents a general outline of job duties and not intended to be comprehensive in nature. Some initial goals for the position will be the following:
- Gain familiarity with geologic and hydrogeologic mapping conventions, standards, and workflow
- Work with WGNHS staff to learn the U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Map Schema (GeMS)
- Provide cartographic and GIS support for USGS-funded mapping and GeMS projects
- Work with WGNHS staff to streamline and automate data management and production of maps
- Assist in cartographic production for WGNHS publications

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelors degree required. Masters degree and/or professional experience in relevant field preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. Experience with GIS software (especially ArcGIS)
2. Experience with graphic design software (such as Adobe Illustrator)
3. Experience with cartography
4. Knowledge of a scripting language and application to GIS automation
5. Ability to independently accomplish detail-oriented work duties, and collaboratively advance team projects
6. Strong verbal and written communication skills, willingness to share knowledge and train colleagues, and strong organizational skills

1. Experience using ArcGIS Pro
2. Demonstrated expertise in ArcGIS and graphic design software
3. Demonstrated cartography experience, including production of small- and large-scale maps
4. Education or experience in the geosciences, especially with geologic maps

Additional Information:

For questions regarding this position, please contact Caroline Rose at For technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159. For all other questions please contact

The candidate selected for this position will initially work remotely. 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.

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 $45,643 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

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Caroline Rose

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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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

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Applications Open: Jan 13 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Feb 8 2021 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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