Interdisciplinary Cartographer/Geographer

Employer
Department Of The Interior
Location
Rolla, Missouri
Posted
Jun 11, 2021
Closes
Jun 13, 2021
Ref
2216877301
Position Type
Other
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Business
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Salary:

* Lakewood CO - GS-11: $70,883 (Step 1) $92,153 (Step 10)
* Lakewood, CO - GS-12: $84,960 (Step 1) $110,452 (Step 10)
* Rolla MO - GS-11: $64,649 (Step1) $84,049 (Step 10)
* Rolls, MO - GS-12: $ 77,488 (Step1) $100,739 (Step 10)

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Responsibilities

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) serves as a national catalyst for the organization and distribution of biological, hydrological, geological, and geographical information and addresses the specific needs of the Department of the Interior and its land and resources managers. The USGS is the Nation's Largest water, earth, biological science and civilian mapping agency, working in cooperation with more than 2,000 organizations across the country with numerous international communities to provide reliable, impartial, scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers and partners.

The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) is the primary operational component within the National Geospatial Program (NGP), the largest program within the U.S. Geological Survey in terms of appropriated funding, with an annual appropriated budget of approximately $70 million. The NGTOC provides world-class geospatial technical expertise and customer service for the USGS and the Nation through fulfilling its responsibilities within the NGP. It is responsible for the acquisition, assessment, and integration of geospatial data in support of The National Map, oversight of Geospatial Data Products and Services Contracts, quality assurance and quality control of products and data produced via contract or by other entities outside of the NGTOC, providing government furnished materials to support contract production, development of national standards and data models to support The National Map, and providing technical assistance to USGS Geospatial Liaisons and state, Local and private sector partners.

The GIS Support Specialist position is within the NGTOC Innovations Office, Applied Research & Technology Branch, Cartographic Applied Research Section. The Cartographic Applied Research Section is responsible for applied research in support of NGP mission goals and has primary responsibility for requirements gathering and analysis for new products and services, integration of new capabilities and technologies into NGTOC operations, and process improvement research.

GIS Support Specialists are heavily involved in several program areas of the NGP. The primary program areas are Dynamic Mapping and the US Topo map product. The Dynamic Mapping product and production system is in the midst of a sweeping expansion project which will ultimately enable external users to produce their own customized map product, on-demand, through a Web interface. GIS Support Specialists are involved in researching and implementing new content and new capabilities, developing and refining production workflows, and troubleshooting problems and issues raised by Operations personnel. In addition to US Topo, GIS Support Specialists also provide applied research support to the Historic Topographic Map Collection, the Cartographic Review Board, Change Detection, Standards Database projects, and the Small-Scale mapping components of the NGP.

The GIS Support Specialist report directly to the Cartographic Applied Research Section Chief. These operations are carried out at both NGTOC locations (Lakewood, CO and Rolla, MO)

As a GIS Support specialist within the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center , Some of your Specific duties will Include:

* Provides support for GIS projects designed to develop new cartographic systems and methods. Directs data manipulations, data integration, and spatial, and spatial and data processing in support of The National Map themes, the US Topo, and/or and other program activity the NGTOC supports for the National Geospatial Program Office
* Support research and analyses of geospatial products; data standards; geospatial feature content; and software and database systems to produce cost estimates, comprehensive reports that include authoritative findings and recommendations, new/revised standards, and other documents.
* Supports investigative projects to develop new methods and techniques for geospatial data activities that provide capabilities to access, acquire, produce, archive, manage, and disseminate geospatial data and metadata and metadata; including Cloud delivery techniques and improvements in support of NGTOC projects.
* Support applies research for Dynamic Mapping to include designing and implementing map ready data; and implementing map ready data; and researching, implementing, and improving workflows.
* Communicates Complex technical requirements to non-technical personnel; complies and prepares technical documentation; and prepares and presents briefings to senior management to senior management officials on complex issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel on average 0 to 5 days per month for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

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0150 Geography

1370 Cartography

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Conditions of Employment

Key Requirements:

* Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
* Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
* Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
* More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

* Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
* A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
* Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
* If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Qualifications

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT for the Geographer, GS-0150: Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Geographer, all grade levels.

A. Degree in geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.

B. A combination of education and experience-- courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semesters hours in geography or related fields, as shown in "A" above, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT for the Cartographer, GS-1370: Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Cartographer, all grade levels.

A. Degree: cartography; or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business mathematics or statistics (i.e. college-level algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or scientific mathematics or statistics requiring equivalent college-level courses as prerequisites).

B. Combination of education and experience-courses equivalent to a major in cartography, or a minor that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography, and/or directly related science, and related mathematics, as shown in "A" above, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE).

FOR GS-11:

In addition to the basic education requirement stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-11 level:

Possess three years of progressively higher level graduate education (54 semester hours or 81 quarter hours or the equivalent) leading to a Ph.D. degree in cartography or other directly related field of study or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in cartography or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position to be filled.

OR Possess at least one full year of specialized experience equal to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples may include: experience working with or updating dynamic and base map services; and experience researching and developing capabilities to support multi-scale data.

OR Possess a combination of graduate level education as described in above, beyond the first two years of progressive graduate study, and appropriate professional experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.

FOR GS-12:

In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-12 level:

Possess at least one year of appropriate professional experience in geography that is equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples may include: experience creating or updating dynamic and base map services for large enterprise datasets; and experience researching and developing capabilities to support multi-scale data for large enterprise mapping efforts.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Education

* Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
* Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs .

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