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Summer Field Assistant

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 504453
Division/Organization: Extension
Department: Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey
Job Type: UW Student Jobs
Remote Eligbility: Not Remote
Location: MINERAL POINT RD 3817
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $17.00
Job Categories: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department Overview:

The 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:

May 15th, 2023

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):

Sept 30th, 2023. 

Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

This position will work on drill sites in Southern WI but may commute from WGNHS office on Mineral Point Rd. WGNHS is located close to campus on a bus line and has free parking! 

Anticipated Hours Per Week:

This position will require 30 to 40 hours per week over most of the summer. Accommodations can be made to account for vacations and such. 


Variable but typically during standard business hours Mon- Fri. 

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:

$17-$20/ hour based on experience. 

Number of Positions:



  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions.
  • 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.
  • Eligibility to drive state vehicles is required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Some knowledge of geology, hydrogeology, geological engineering, or related field

Position Summary/Job Duties:

  • Assist at drill sites in southern Wisconsin, including being present for drilling, generating a basic record of daily drilling activities, and assisting with boxing and archiving bedrock drill core.
  • Assist with collection of geophysical logs
  • Assist with packer testing
  • Coordinate with WGNHS geologists and Samples Coordinator to manage data processing and storage and employ best practices for data collection and processing.

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

Physical Demands:

  • Mostly working outside in various weather conditions at drill sites in locations in Sauk and Jefferson Counties, Wisconsin.
  • Some physical labor (boxing bedrock core, moving bedrock core boxes, and assisting with geophysical logging and packer testing) at drill sites and in the both WGNHS locations (Madison and Mount Horeb)

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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