Spanish translation volunteer

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Position Wiki Spanish translator
When It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.
Where Wherever you are
Reports to Spanish project team leader; SEG Publications Outreach Manager
Skills fluent in English and Spanish, geoscience education (preferred), copy writing, copy editing, organization, willingness to learn to edit the wiki
Time commitment 4-8 hours a month
More info Apply online

The SEG Wiki Spanish translation project and the SEG Wiki staff currently seek volunteers to upload and copy edit the translated figures in Robert Sheriff's Encyclopedic Dictionary, 4th edition. Volunteers will work with a team leader and use his or her knowledge of geophysics and Spanish to upload figures to the SEG Wiki.

To learn more about the volunteers in the SEG Wiki project, read "Honoring volunteers and sharing knowledge on the SEG Wiki" in January 2019 The Leading Edge.


In February 2017, a group of volunteers started translating Robert Sheriff's Encyclopedic Dictionary into Spanish. As of 16 May 2019, the entire book has been completed! However, the figures and tables associated with the translated terms must now be uploaded and added to the SEG Wiki. This volunteer position will support the team responsible for adding the translated figures to the SEG Wiki.

Thank you to our Team Leaders and volunteers for this major accomplishment!

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Volunteer responsibilities

  • With guidance and support from the project lead and the SEG publications outreach manager, volunteers will contribute to the wiki by uploading translated figures and tables from Sheriff's Dictionary to the SEG Wiki
  • Ensure translation is clear, concise, and accurate; provides documentation summaries during the translation process
  • Follows deadlines set by the project lead
  • Communicates clearly and consistently with project lead and other team members
  • Watch this video for an overview of the translation process (Note: SEG will provide access to all necessary materials upon acceptance)

NOTE: Access to the SEG Wiki and this project requires the internet and registration with SEG (registration is free)


  • Fluent in Spanish and English
  • Self-motivated, possess good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Some knowledge of applied geophysics desirable
  • Prior Wikipedia or other online encyclopedia experience a plus
  • Action oriented - pursues work with energy; perseveres especially in the face of resistance or setbacks
  • Teamwork - encourages collaboration by fostering open dialogue; defines success in terms of the whole team; finds common ground and solves problems for the good of all areas of SEG; represents his/her own interests while exercising fairness to others; shares successes
  • Quality of work - produces high-quality work with few errors
  • Communication - provides timely information so that accurate decisions can be made; practices attentive and active listening; conveys information and ideas clearly and positively; both in oral and written communication
  • Problem solving and decision making - uses sound logic and methods to solve problems and develop effective solutions; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer; makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment


SEG Wiki staff will hold webinars and provide in-person training as needed. Volunteers will develop skills working with Mediawiki, building pages with wikitext, and gaining a better understanding of the importance and process of citing scientific sources in launching these pages.
Recommendation letters, networking opportunities
Recommendations gladly provided to great volunteers (e.g., LinkedIn recommendations). You will also have the opportunity to network with other volunteers, SEG members, and the Wiki Committee.

SEG values all service and will work to ensure that volunteers receive a learning experience that fits career and learning goals.

Requirements and commitment

  • Working hours are flexible but we request 4-8 hours a month.
  • Starting date: immediate
  • SEG Wiki staff will hold webinars to train volunteers and provide support as needed.

How to apply

To become a volunteer for the SEG Wiki Spanish translation project, apply at the Volunteer Opportunities page. Once there follow these steps:

  1. Select “SEG Wiki: Spanish translation"
  2. Scroll through the opportunities and select “Apply Now” to the job you wish to be considered for.
  3. Complete the required fields and submit your application.

NOTE: If you are not logged in to the system, you will be prompted to login prior to applying.

SEG core values

Culture is the heart and soul of an organization’s identity. Who they are, what they aspire to become, how they want to be perceived. These represent how we should treat each other as well as how we execute here at SEG. We would request our volunteers aspire to these core values.

  1. Integrity – acting with honesty and purpose. We hold each other accountable, act with conviction, and speak truthfully.
  2. Service – working to help others. Whether working with others inside or outside the organization, we are a service organization and will get the job done.
  3. Respect – treating everyone with dignity. Regardless of our job description, department, or company, everyone here is on the same mission and should be treated with respect and dignity.
  4. Teamwork – collaborating for shared success. If we don’t work together, we won’t see success. Success requires teamwork! We don’t assign blame, but work to solve the problem and help prevent it from reoccurring.
  5. Communication – clear, consistent, and credible to everyone who is involved. What we communicate and to whom is equally as important.

About the SEG Wiki

The SEG Wiki is publicly accessible and editable to all users registered with SEG (registration is free). The contents of the wiki are dedicated to applied geophysics and the people and technology that support it. The wiki is maintained by the SEG Wiki Committee, volunteers, and readers from all over the world.

The goal of the SEG Wiki is: to expand the world’s knowledge of applied geophysics, to provide further details of ("layer") the science itself, and to engage emerging professionals in the field. Robert E. Sheriff's Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics, fourth edition and Oz Yilmaz's Seismic Data Analysis seeded the SEG Wiki with its initial content. We encourage you to read, edit, and enhance the SEG Wiki. Add your layer to the science of applied geophysics today.

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