Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Posted on: January 18, 2020
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Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at
all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions
do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will
emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess
how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the
knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for
successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Band 03 $72,030 - $133,465
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the
Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and
family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your
For more information on the array of benefits programs, please
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Cartographers acquire, compile, evaluate,
and review geospatial data for use in standard products,
non-standard products, and/or data holdings in support of mission
requirements. They attribute, extract, format, manipulate, and
symbolize geospatial information. They ensure the quality,
accuracy, and currency of geospatial information produced in-house
or in cooperation with contractors or external partners.
Additional Position Info
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Maritime Safety Office of NGA's Source
Operations and Management Directorate is recruiting for a
Cartographer to support digital nautical charting maintenance and
production and generate mission-specific geospatial intelligence
(GEOINT) datasets from the continually-maintained data. Applicants
should be knowledgeable of many of the following disciplines:
Standard nautical chart compilation and production, notice to
mariners application, and Digital Nautical Chart (DNC) vector data
collection and finishing. Applicants should be able to analyze and
apply information from a wide variety of sources to include foreign
nautical charts, foreign notice to mariners, imagery, survey and
random track bathymetry, navigation publications, ship reports, and
other forms of geospatial intelligence. Other responsibilities
include research, analysis, and problem-solving in response to
queries from the U.S. Navy, foreign hydrographic offices, and other
users of our products and services. Band III analysts are expected
to deliver effective presentations and briefings to small audiences
and have strong technical and non-technical writing abilities.
Interested personnel with a varied background in marine analysis,
regional analysis, and geospatial analysis but with similar skills
and experience are encouraged to apply.
* Perform moderately complex or difficult assignments to acquire,
compile, evaluate, and review geospatial data for use in standard
and non-standard products or data holdings in support of mission
* Select and apply techniques and methods to attribute, extract,
format, manipulate, and symbolize a range of geospatial
* Ensure the quality, accuracy, and currency of geospatial
information produced in-house or in cooperation with contractors or
* Contribute recommendations to support process improvements and/or
the development of GEOINT standards.
Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete
one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit
on this website as part of your application to NGA. These
assessments may include but are not limited to:
1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to
describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other
characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable
qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in
the application you submit must support the response you provide to
You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments
required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required
assessments as soon as possible
Mandatory Qualification Reqs
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job,
applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory
Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online
applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific
examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's
mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:
* Experience utilizing GIS software for feature extraction,
attribution, data manipulation, and/or data finishing.
* Demonstration of effective written / verbal communication;
creating clear understanding of tasking and expected outcomes.
* Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking to problem
identification, analysis and resolution on challenging issues.
* Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting.
* Experience applying knowledge of geospatial data requirements,
sources, and standards.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an
accredited college or university in Cartography or a major that
included, or was supplemented by, at least 30 semester (45 quarter)
hours of coursework in Cartography and/or directly related Sciences
and Mathematics. Coursework may include, but is not limited to,
Astronomy, Cartography, Computer Science, Forestry, Geodesy,
Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Geographic Information Systems
(GIS), Land Surveying, Photogrammetry, Physical and Geological
Oceanography, Physical Geography, and Remote Sensing. Computer
software classes associated with current technology, GIS courses,
and information management classes may also be counted. The 30
semester (45 quarter) hours must have included at least 6 semester
(9 quarter), but not more than 15 (22 quarter), 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). -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A
minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework as listed
in option A, plus applied experience in Cartography that includes
the use of current GIS tools, or a related field that demonstrates
the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this
work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework
is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show
that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years.
-OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 4 years experience in Cartography
that includes the use of current GIS tools, or a related field that
demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties
associated with this work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Distinguish principal colors and shades/hues
of principal colors; Near visual acuity of 20/20 or better with or
without corrective lenses; Far visual acuity of 20/60 or better
binocular with or without corrective lenses; Stereopsis ability
required for assignments that require the use of stereo
Highly Desired Skills
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory
qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
* Experience utilizing GIS knowledge and skills to evaluate and
release data for mission specific data sets and graphics tailored
to specific customer needs.
* Experience managing and delivering solutions to problems (e.g.
cleaning, filtering, and transforming data, as well as enriching
data, especially by way of database joins or table lookups).
* Experience applying knowledge of quality control and assurance
* Experience applying knowledge of GIS to update Digital Nautical
Chart (DNC), Standard Nautical Chart, and Electronic Nautical Chart
* Demonstrated knowledge of utilizing bathymetric or hydrographic
Who Can Apply
External Applicants Only
How To Apply - External
Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence
Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process.
ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for
employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
* -U.S. Citizenship Required
* -Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented
* -Polygraph Test Required
* -Position Subject to Drug Testing
* -Two Year Probationary Period
* -Direct Deposit Required
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian
Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees
are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope
of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within
their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A
performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a
potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's
annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance
pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not
eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10
U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans'
Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section
2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in
DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and
Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans'
preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must
self-identify your eligibility in your application.
How Will I Be Evaluated?
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this
job opportunity in three stages:
* All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory
* Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel
of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to
determine the best-qualified candidates,
* Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through
an interview process.
Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the
180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will
provide additional information if applicable.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment
Description, Additional Information Provided by the Selecting
Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct
their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant
experience and education for this job opportunity. This description
should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the
performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education
information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed
as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an
institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by
the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code,
annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive
full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be
eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift
Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the
reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants
(i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title
5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may
elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment
as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or
NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you
need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and
hiring process, please notify us at email@example.com. The
decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a
Additional Job Requirements
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security
clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In
addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph
examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information.
All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random
basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take
the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret
information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are
required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714,
on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility.
Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top
Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted
access to SCIFs.
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