Wisconsin Geospatial Jobs

GIS Technician

Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey

Location: Madison, WI
Type: Student-Hourly
Posted: 03/15/2023
Deadline to Apply: 03/31/2023
Payrate: $15/hour
More Information: GIS Technician

The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey conducts earth-science surveys, field studies, and research. We provide objective scientific information about the geology, mineral resources, water resources, soil, and biology 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.

Primary Duties/Essential Job Functions:
These positions will work with a GIS Specialist to review, edit, and manage water well construction data in ArcGIS to support groundwater and geologic analysis and mapping projects.

Position Duties:

  • Review water well point locations and attributes, compare to reference parcel, address, and imagery layers
  • Edit location and attribute data to improve spatial accuracy, assess data quality

Working Conditions:

  • After initial training, the work can be done remotely. Reliable broadband internet is needed to allow remote connection to WGNHS network.


  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with geospatial data editing in ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) or ArcGIS Pro
  • 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.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with parcel/cadastral mapping, subdivision plats, and the public land survey system (PLSS)
  • Experience in geology, hydrogeology, or environmental science

Hours and Pay:
The positions will require 8-16 hours per week during the Spring semester, with additional hours possible in Summer 2023. Pay is $15 per hour.

To Apply:
Prepare a current resume as well as a 1-paragraph statement of interest and a brief list of relevant experience (including classwork, professional experience, or other projects). Applications must be submitted through the UW Student Jobs website, via the Apply Now link on the job posting page.

Applications are due by the end of the day (11:55 PM) on March 31, 2023. Please direct any questions to matthew.rehwald@wisc.edu.