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Position SEG Wiki class partnership
When During any class session or internship
Where At your university
Reports to SEG publications outreach editor
Skills n/a
Time commitment varies

In 2016, the SEG Wiki reached a milestone: 10 million views (over 6 million in 2015 alone). Over the last year, volunteers made 8,672 individual contributions and grew the number of pages in the wiki by 1,147. SEG Wiki volunteer positions offer exciting opportunities to those wishing to make a significant impact and contribution to the SEG community, its global members and affiliated societies, and the public at large. Join this rapidly growing site and contribute to leave your mark on the only online encyclopedia dedicated to applied geophysics!

SEG seeks a university or graduate level class to follow the model developed by the partnership with PSU-Brandywine to launch additional content to the SEG Wiki. Wiki staff will hold webinars to train volunteers and provide support on a regular basis. Volunteers will gain a working knowledge of wikitext (similar to contributing to Wikipedia), expand his/her role within the Society, and grow his/her geoscience knowledge and skills.

As a model for this class partnership, SEG has collaborated with Dr. Laura Guertin and her Penn State Brandywine (PSU-Brandywine) Environmental Earth class, resulting in over 50 new geoscience articles in 2015. Dr. Guertin will be presenting on the SEG Wiki/Penn State Brandywine collaboration during the 2016 Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. A new class of 20 student contributors received wiki training in late January 2016 with new geoscience basics articles soon to follow. For more information on the model partnership and what can be expected from this volunteer opportunity, please read Dr. Guertin's March 2016 TLE article Generating SEG Wiki articles to improve student geoscience content and literacy. Dr. Guertin also created a guideline for professors considering using the SEG Wiki in the classroom.

SEG Wiki volunteer positions offer exciting opportunities to those wishing to make a significant impact and contribution to the SEG community, its global members and affiliated societies, and the public at large. Volunteers will also be considered for the 2016 SEG Wiki awards, named at the Annual Meeting in Dallas (attendance not required to win).

Volunteer responsibilities

  • Places emphasis on establishing bidirectional linking between the SEG Wiki and other SEG products and services.
  • With guidance from the SEG Publications outreach editor and digital publications manager, develop a class plan (syllabus) for launching geophysical or geoscience content in the SEG Wiki.
  • Reports directly to the SEG publications outreach editor.


SEG Wiki staff will hold webinars to train volunteers and provide support as needed. This position is unpaid. We offer solid resume-building experiences that will facilitate your ownership of substantive projects. We depend on you to get the job done right and we will facilitate your success. References gladly provided to great volunteers. You will also have the opportunity to network with other volunteers, SEG members, and the Wiki Committee.

SEG values all our volunteers and will work to make sure that you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.


  • Prior Wikipedia or other online encyclopedia experience a plus
  • University or graduate level class/professor focused on geoscience, geophysics, applied geophysics, or a related field
  • Action orientation - pursues work with energy; perseveres especially in the face of resistance or setbacks
  • 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
  • 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 within deadlines; uses resources effectively

Volunteer-engagement experience required. Experience in an electronic-publishing environment, including writing, copy-editing, and proofreading preferred. Wiki-development experience and experience with scientific material preferred.

Skills and knowledge

  • Intermediate written communication skills and well-developed oral and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to inspire, organize, and coordinate volunteer activities.

Requirements and commitment

  • Working hours are flexible but we would request at least 1 day a week or 2 hours/week.
  • Starting date: immediate
  • Ending date: 9 September 2016
  • SEG Wiki staff will hold webinars to train volunteers and provide support as needed.

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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