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
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