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Social Media and Geology Assistant

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 502503
Division/Organization: Extension
Department: Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey
Job Type: UW Student Jobs
Remote Eligbility: Partially Remote
Location: MINERAL POINT RD 3817
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $13.00
Job Categories: Interpersonal Communication, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Digital Technology, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communications, Broadcasting, and Media Arts, Honoring Context and Culture


Department Overview:

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. 

Anticipated Start Date:

June 13, 2022

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):

May 31, 2023

Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

This position will involve:

  • Mostly working in the Madison office although much work may be done remotely at first. A computer and internet condition are needed.  
  • Some travel to the research facility in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. 
  • Some physical labor (moving and arranging samples) in the research facility in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. 

Anticipated Hours Per Week:

20-30 hours per week


Flexible schedule that will be coordinated with Supervisor

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:

$13.00 per hour

Number of Positions:



To be considered eligible for this position, you must meet all the following minimum qualifications: 

  • Majoring or minoring in geosciences, geography, earth sciences, or other environmental sciences. 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Have an interest in science communication. 
  • Knowledge of social media platforms, especially Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  
  • Attention to detail. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive. 

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Experience with social media management software such as Hootsuite is preferred but not necessary. 
  • Knowledge of videography or photography software is preferred but not necessary. 
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS Online is preferred but not necessary.  
  • Eligibility to drive state vehicles is preferred but not necessary. 

To Apply: 
Prepare a 1-paragraph statement of interest and a brief list of relevant experience (including classwork, professional experience, or other projects). 

Applications are due by the end of the day (11:55 PM) on May 22, 2022. Please direct any questions to Jady Carmichael ( 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

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. 

Position Summary/Job Duties:

This position will work with survey staff to create content for WGNHS’s social media accounts (primarily Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). The position also may have opportunities to help with researching and archiving historical geologic data, and fieldwork in geology.  The position duties are to:

  • Create 1-2 weekly posts for social media. 
  • Attend weekly meetings with social media team. 
  • Help with longer-term social media plan to continuously improve WGNHS’s online presence for better audience reach. 

This position is accountable to WGNHS Media Specialist Jady Carmichael ( and officially reports to WGNHS Assistant Director for Administration Sushmita Lotlikar (  

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COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Physical Demands:

  • Some physical labor (moving and arranging samples) in the research facility in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. 
  • Ability to lift up to 10 pounds. 
  • Ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions. 
  • Eligibility to drive state vehicles is preferred but not necessary.

Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Accommodation Statement:

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:


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