University of Wisconsin–Madison


SCO Employment

Student GIS Developer or Student GIS Technician (multiple positions)

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., March 22, 2019 (deadline extended)

Note: these positions will start in mid-to-late April, and extend through the summer of 2019 and the 2019-2020 academic year

The State Cartographer’s Office, a unit of the UW-Madison Department of Geography, needs your help! We currently have three openings for students interested in geospatial and Web technologies.

Your role

Put simply, we need people to help us build stuff and figure out solutions to complicated problems. Most of your time will be spent working on geospatial data processing procedures using tools like ArcGIS, Python, PostGIS, and more. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about PHP, Javascript, MySQL, and other Web technologies. A lot of what we do is on the Web, so if you want to learn that sort of stuff, this is the place!  Your specific role (GIS developer or GIS tech) depends upon previous experience and your future goals.

You’ll be asked to work on projects and problems with minimal supervision… if you like to be told step-by-step what to do, then this job might not be for you.

What we expect

We expect our students to work 10-15 hours per week. In return, we offer a very flexible schedule that can work around your class schedule, and yes, those occasional all-nighters.  Up to 20 hours per week are possible during the summer.

We expect you to be an active learner. Period. We know you haven’t had a “real” job yet, so we get the fact that you need time to learn. We expect this… but we also expect you to take that responsibility seriously.

We need you to work in our lab located in Science Hall, because remote work arrangements are not possible in our highly collaborative environment. Our starting pay is $12.00 per hour.

Job requirements and how to apply

You MUST be a student enrolled at any University of Wisconsin System institution. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply! Fill out our employment application and send it to us along with your resume.  (Note to Mac users: please use Adobe Reader to fill out the app form, not the default “preview” app used on many Macs.)

Last updated: March 13, 2019