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Administrative Program Specialist

Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office - Madison, WI

Type: Part-time/Full-time
Posted: 06/25/2013
Deadline to apply: 07/19/2013
Payrate: $42,576 Annually (Minimum)

Degree and area of specialization:

Bachelor's Degree in Geography, Cartography, Geographic Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Computer Science, or closely related field.

A Bachelor's Degree in another area of study combined with a graduate certificate in GIS, or combined with two years experience in mapping and/or GIS application my be substituted for the above requirement.


Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

The Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office (SCO), a unit administered by the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, seeks a qualified individual to develop and maintain geospatial technologies in support of SCO's outreach mission.  This includes investigation, testing, development, deployment, and ongoing maintenance of open source and commercial geographic information system (GIS) software in traditional and web-based applications, as well as development and implementation of analysis and visualization methods for remote sensing data and other raster datasets.

The SCO -- with a statutory mission of outreach, information/data dissemination, and coordination -- gathers, maintains and delivers information about mapping and geospatial activities in the state.  It accomplishes and coordinates these duties through various means, including print and web publications, presentations at conferences and workshops, and leadership and participation on statewide and local councils, associations, committees, taskforces, and consortia.

The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in these areas:

  1. Understanding of cartographic, remote sensing, and GIS principles and methods.
  2. Experience with GIS analysis tools and methods, including geospatial databases.
  3. Experience with scripting and/or programming for geospatial data.
  4. Technical understanding of common web concepts.

Other desirable qualifications include:

  1. Experience working for an organization with an outreach or educational mission.
  2. Organizational and project management skills as demonstrated through past projects.

Principal duties:


Principal Duties:

60% Program Development

  • Research, develop and implement new geospatial technologies to support SCO outreach efforts, data/information dissemination goals, and data integration initiatives.
  • Participate in opportunities to obtain funding for SCO initiatives through grants and contracts.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of SCO web pages, geospatial applications, and statewide databases/enterprise datasets.
  • Stay on top of important geospatial technology trends, with the goal of incorporating new approaches into SCO programs and disseminating new ideas to the geospatial community.
  • Coordinate with SCO staff to update content in catalogs, publications, and web-based materials.
  • Document internal policies and procedures.
  • Train students and staff to perform selected technical tasks.

30% Communication/Outreach

  • Present at conferences and meeting to promote SCO initiatives.
  • Assist in the development of professional publications highlighting SCO projects.
  • Write content for SCO publications and web site.
  • Assist SCO staff in developing and implementing workshops and training materials.
  • Interface with other geospatial professionals in support of common objectives and initiatives.

10% Other duties as assigned

  • Assist with general office outreach functions at conferences and workshops.
  • Participate in departmental and campus committees.
  • Participate in state GIS associations and meeting.
  • Assist in long-term planning of SCO activities and initiatives.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

A period of evaluation will be required.

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Application must be received by: July 19, 2013


Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #76852 to:

Kelly Lyle

550 N Park St

170 Science Hall

Madison, WI 53706-1404

Phone: 608-262-2139

Email: kmlyle@geography.wisc.edu

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request.  Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

For more information: Administrative Program Specialist



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