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Samples Curation Assistant- Student

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 504452
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: $15.00
Job Categories: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Teamwork/Collaboration, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Information Technology and Computers, STEM, Data Analysis, Libraries, Archives, and Museums


Department Overview:

The  Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) 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:

Flexible. Latest start date June 1st. 

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):


Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

This position will be primarily in person, although some work may be remote. There will be frequent travel to WGNHS's research facility in Mt. Horeb. 

Anticipated Hours Per Week:

The position will require about 20 hours per week between May and August 2023 but flexible before that. 



Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:


Number of Positions:



  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Some knowledge of geology
  • 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.
  • Experience with Microsoft Access and Excel preferred but not necessary.
  • Eligibility to drive state vehicles

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


Position Summary/Job Duties:

  • Scanning paper records including lists of samples, field notes, and field maps
  • Entering information from handwritten documents in spreadsheets or databases
  • Identifying geologic hand samples by geology and location
  • Researching information about samples in published and unpublished documents
  • Labeling and inventorying hand samples
  • Taking and editing photographs of rock core

To apply: In lieu of a resume, prepare a 1-paragraph statement of interest and a brief list of relevant experience (including classwork, professional experience, or other projects). Please direct any questions to or

Physical Demands:

  • Some physical labor (moving and arranging samples) in the research facility in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions.

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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