Cartographer at National Geographic


Play a role in conceiving, researching, designing and producing the National Geographic’s maps in print and interactive forms for business and editorial groups across the Society. Position entails all aspects of map production, proofing, and revision in a team-based mapping environment with production as primary area of specialization.



  1. Develop concepts, research, design or art direct maps as needed for internal and external partners in print and digital formats. Provide direction to map production artists and vendors. (70%)
  2. Coordinate with map editors and database staff to insure proper editorial and data standards are being met in all products. (15%)
  3. Maintains filing system for group access of map data and archives project work in an orderly and timely manner following divisional archive guidelines. (10%)
  4. Stay informed and trained on the latest technologies for print and interactive map development, and establish connections in the industry. (5%)


Minimum Education Required

A bachelor’s degree in cartography, geography, GIS, or equivalent. Professional experience as a cartographer, map designer, graphics editor, or equivalent, preferably in a journalistic or publishing environment. Professional experience with interactive mapping techniques.


Minimum Years and Type of Experience

3 or more years of related experience.


Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Strong cartographic skills and proficiency with GIS software and sources of cartographic information. Ability to mine large and complex (geospatial) datasets, determine trends.
  • Curiosity about topics covered by National Geographic and the ability to grasp new subject matter quickly.
  • Superior organization and the ability to handle multiple tasks under the pressure of tight deadlines.
  • Superior familiarity with research methods, including the use of data bases, library resources, the internet, archives, special collections, and other specialized reference materials.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to explain and pitch projects, build bridges between different departments.
  • Required software: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, ArcGIS.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of programming languages including HTML/CSS, JavaScript and others is strongly preferred. Strong cartographic design principles as they apply to interactive and animated digital formats, Practical experience in the visualization of interactive maps and data graphics, including those linked to databases.




Responsibility percentages may vary depending on business needs.

National Geographic’s headquarters is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. In addition to a unique and dynamic work environment, National Geographic offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental benefits, generous vacation and leave time, a 401(k) plan, and flexible work options.  Please visit our careers site at to view this job as well as our full listing of career opportunities.  National Geographic is an Equal Opportunity Employer.