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Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 262502-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Data Analysis Services

Job Summary:

The UW-Madison Arboretum promotes ecologically sustainable relationships between people and the land through research, stewardship, education, and public engagement.

The Data Engineer is a member of the Arboretum's Research Unit and is supervised by the Research Program Manager/Ecologist. The Data Engineer is expected to work closely with the Research Specialist and Citizen Science Coordinator within the Research Unit as well as staff in the Education, Land Care, and Foundational Units to meet the organization's data development and management, geo-spatial data collection and analysis, map making, and affiliated instrumentation and software support needs. Sample responsibilities include archiving research data; developing and maintaining searchable databases to support research, land management, volunteer, and donor data; analyzing and visualizing research project data; creating project-based maps; helping to train staff and students; and keeping our GPS and GIS software and technologies up to date.

The Research Unit contributes to the Arboretum mission --"We conserve and restore Arboretum lands, advance restoration ecology, and foster the land ethic"-- by ensuring that we conduct, support, and facilitate high-quality research, promote available Arboretum research-based resources and opportunities, and communicate research findings to broad audiences.

The Arboretum is committed to embracing social equity and intentional inclusivity as fundamental parts of everything we do, and to fostering connections to the land among diverse audiences.

Responsibilities: Contributes to a research agenda set by a lead researcher by creating automated processes for preparing and analyzing data at scale.
  • 25% Prepares data sets for current and future analysis including cleaning/quality assurance, transformations, restructuring, and integration of multiple data sources and may use technologies that support data at scale
  • 25% Implements data analysis steps in collaboration with data scientists, statisticians, and/or other researchers and may use technologies that support data at scale
  • 5% Organizes both data preparation and analysis steps into reproducible pipelines that can process similar data sets automatically
  • 15% Selects appropriate technologies and optimizes pipelines for performance
  • 10% Develops, constructs, tests, and maintains architectures for large-scale data management and analysis
  • 15% Creates maps and performs a wide range of geospatial analyses in support of a variety of projects
  • 5% Maintains operational functions of technology systems, including GIS and GPS technologies, to ensure appropriate integration, compatibility, and functionality
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: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree in geographic information science, computer science, data science, cartography, urban and regional planning, biology, ecology, or similar field, required

Master's Degree


Minimum requirements:
- At least two years of related professional experience
- Knowledge of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies
- Knowledge of database management and architecture principles and best practices
- Ability to behave and communicate in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork, inclusion, and cooperation with co-workers, supervisors/managers, students, volunteers, and visitors

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience identifying, designing, and implementing internal process improvements
- Experience developing and managing geospatial data and metadata in accordance with data management standards and research objectives
- Experience using GIS and GPS to create maps for broad application, including ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro
- Experience with Trimble GPS hardware and post-processing software
- Experience using Adobe Suite software including Illustrator and InDesign
- Experience analyzing geospatial datasets
- Ability to archive, summarize and support the visualization of research, management, and visitor data
- Experience preparing and managing datasets and implementing data models.
- Experience performing data analysis and interpreting results from multiple data sources.
- Experience with statistical, data visualization and database software such as R, Tableau, and Microsoft Access

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.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.

How to Apply:

Please click the "Apply Now" button above to create or update a UW-Madison Jobs profile. You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume highlighting your experience and skills as they relate to the listed qualifications for this position.

Our search committee will review all application materials after the posted deadline. We will notify applicants selected to participate further in the selection process directly. We will notify all applicants once the search is completed and we have selected a top candidate who has accepted the position.


Joseph Halaas
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Data Engineer I(RE064)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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