• Part-Time
  • Madison, WI
  • Application deadline: 2022-05-17

The Editor will play a key role on the publication team at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) within the Division of Extension, primarily focused on the editing and copyediting of geologic maps and technical reports authored by WGNHS staff. This role will support the planning, review, and production of a range of short- and long-form publications that target both general and technical audiences. As of 2020, publication at WGNHS became all-digital and open-access, and the Editor will have opportunities to contribute to the development and implementation of digital production standards (e.g. style, accessibility, cataloging).

Please note, the position will start at 50% FTE with the possibility of an increase in appointment FTE pending supplemental grant funding.

For 125 years, WGNHS has published maps and reports about the geology and hydrogeology of Wisconsin for use by government, private industry, and residents across the state. We pride ourselves in the high quality of our science and the high production standards of our publications.

The WGNHS mission

  • The Survey conducts earth-science surveys, field studies, and research.
  • We provide objective scientific information about the geology, mineral resources, and water resources 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 residents of Wisconsin.


Evaluates, reviews, creates, and edits internal and external communications. Reviews content for completeness, accuracy, and correctness for publications to align with editorial or client objectives.
60% Edits, revises, and proofreads materials and resolves errors or inconsistencies in style, syntax, grammar, and format
10% Plans, develops, creates, and publishes internal and external communications
5% Adheres to communications and enforces production phase deadlines
10% Provides information and consultative advice about editorial policies, procedures, and services to contributing stakeholders
5% Researches and writes informational materials, generally within a single subject area, for publication and distribution
10% Works directly with authors to learn context and provide feedback, helps facilitate freelance contractor work in editing and production when needed


Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred: Master’s Degree or 2 years professional editing experience



  • Demonstrated experience in scientific editing and/or writing (semifinalists will be required to submit work samples)
  • Experience working with a team on collaborative projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work within and meet deadlines while working on multiple parallel projects
  • Excellent written communication with impeccable grammar and an eye for accuracy
  • Competence in Microsoft Office (including revision tools in Word and Excel)
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite (including Acrobat, Illustrator, and InDesign)
  • Willing to engage with people from diverse backgrounds, and to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of geoscience


  • Demonstrated experience following a grammar and style guide
  • Demonstrated experience with map making or cartography
  • Demonstrated experience in science communication for the general public
  • Demonstrated experience in technical editing and/or writing of long-form scientific reports or journal articles
  • Advanced skills in multi-page document layout in Adobe InDesign
  • Demonstrated experience creating ADA-compliant PDFs and web resources
  • Degree or coursework in geoscience

To apply for this job please visit jobs.hr.wisc.edu.