Job Announcement: Cartographer at Bureau of the Census

Job Title:Cartographer, GS-1370-07/09/11/12, Census-D-IC

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of the Census

Job Announcement Number:GEO-2015-0034

SALARY RANGE:

$43,057.00 to $99,296.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 to Friday, September 11, 2015

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1370-07/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Career or Career Conditional – Full Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies in the following location(s):
District of Columbia, DC View Map
Suitland, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Some applicants may not be eligible to be hired under THIS announcement. Please make sure you apply to the announcement that entitles you to consideration. Read the `Who May Apply` section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see GEO-2015-0032, Cartographer, GS-1370-07/09/11/12which can be accessed at http://www.USAJOBS.gov.

This vacancy is for a Cartographer position in the Geography Division located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland.

**Multiple selections may be made from various directorates within the Census Bureau from this announcement for a position with the same title, series, grade(s), promotion potential, general job responsibilities and duty location **

This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

Relocation expenses may be paid.

This is a bargaining unit position.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.

DUTIES:

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The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

Duties include:

  • Design maps, map series, and cartographic spatial data to support the decennial census, census surveys, and data dissemination.
  • Develop and implement map and/or cartographic boundary production tools and systems to support the decennial census, census surveys, and data dissemination.
  • Provide cartographic expertise and guidance in person and in writing to technical and non-technical customers and colleagues.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION:

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,

OR B. an equivalent combination of education and experience which includes courses equivalent to a major in 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, plus appropriate experience or additional eduNOTE: To show proof of meeting the Basic Entry Requirements, all applicants MUST submit a copy of their college transcripts. See the Required Documents section for more information.

GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements, applicants must have the experience or education listed below or a combination of both.

GS-7 EDUCATION: One full year of graduate education or superior academic achievement (GPA of 2.95 or higher) in a field of study that provided you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform the work of a cartographer. EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 05 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is basic experience with geography and cartography principles withemphasis on map design and production concepts. General experience with routine methods and techniques of automated cartography and geospatial databases. General experience with: a. Geographic Information Systems and/or computer mapping commercial software applications, for use in producing cartographic applications; b. Computer operating systems, such as Oracle, Oracle Spatial, ArcObjects, Linux and Windows OS; c. Programming languages, such as C, C++, Visual Basic, PERL, Java, Python, C#, HTML, JavaScript and PL/SQL. General experience with digital map dissemination techniques, and associated technology dealing with various graphic file formats and output devices.

GS-9 EDUCATION: Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of a cartographer. EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 07 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is basic experience with geography and cartography principles with emphasis on map design and production concepts. General experience with the methods and techniques of automated cartography and geospatial databases. General experience with creating and/or using geospatial databases, including external databases, for production of cartographic applications to support data dissemination. Demonstrated experience with: a. Geographic Information Systems and/or computer mapping commercial software applications, for use in producing cartographic applications; b. Computer operating systems, such as Oracle, Oracle Spatial, ArcObjects, Linux and Windows OS; c. Programming languages, such as C, C++, Visual Basic, PERL, Java, Python, C#, HTML, JavaScript and PL/SQL; d. Use of statistical data in design and production of cartographic products. Experience assisting on cartographic projects of moderate scope. General experience with digital map dissemination techniques and associated technology dealing with various graphic file formats and output devices.

GS-11 EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of a cartographer. EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience with geography and of cartography principles with emphasis on map design and production concepts. Experience with the methods and techniques of automated cartography and geospatial databases. Experience with creating and/or using geospatial databases, including external databases, for production of cartographic applications to support data dissemination. Experience with: a. Geographic Information Systems and/or computer mapping commercial software applications, for use in producing cartographic applications; b. Computer operating systems, specifically Oracle, Oracle Spatial, ArcObjects, Linux and Windows OS; c. Programming languages, such as C, C++, Visual Basic, PERL, Java, Python, C#, HTML, JavaScript and PL/SQL; d. Use of statistical data in design and production of cartographic products. Experience managing cartographic projects of moderate scope effectively and efficiently. Experience with digital map dissemination techniques, and associated technology dealing with various graphic file formats and output devices. Experience preparing technical documentation or specifications describing detailed cartographic designs or processes & presenting a complex cartographic concept or design.

GS-12 EDUCATION cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level. EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience with geography and of cartography principles with emphasis on map design and production concepts. Experience with the methods and techniques of automated cartography and geospatial databases. Experience with creating and/or using geospatial databases, including external databases, for production of cartographic applications to support data dissemination. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with: a. Geographic Information Systems and/or computer mapping commercial software applications, such as ArcInfo and/or ArcView, for use in producing cartographic applications; b. Computer operating systems, specifically Oracle, Oracle Spatial, ArcObjects, Linux and Windows OS; c. Programming languages, such as C, C++, Visual Basic, PERL, Java, Python, C#, HTML, JavaScript and PL/SQL; d. Use of statistical data in design and production of cartographic products. Experience managing cartographic projects of large scope effectively and efficiently. Experience with digital map dissemination techniques, and associated technology dealing with various graphic file formats and output devices. Experience developing web-based maps. Experience preparing technical documentation or specifications describing detailed cartographic designs or processes & presenting a complex cartographic concept or design.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application includes your:

  1. Resume,
  2. Responses to the online questions, and
  3. Required supporting documents.

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found “not qualified” if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following competencies, which are desirable at the full performance level of this position (GS-12).

  • Knowledge of cartographic design principles and best practices for reference maps, thematic maps, web map applications, visualization of complex geospatial relationships, generalization, data display, and classification techniques; and geographic area types, characteristics, and relationships
  • Skill evaluating customer requirements based on the map product’s intended use, audience, and expectations; and working independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of system design principles for nation-based, enterprise-level cartographic production systems
  • Skill using commercial Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for mapping and geoprocessing; using commercial graphics software; identifying and resolving problems in production system components such as software code, commercial GIS processes, commercial graphics software, file systems, and output devices; developing scripts or software using programming languages; developing web-based maps; and working with Oracle Spatial
  • Ability to express technical concepts relative to cartographic principles, design, and data management in writing and in person; present technical cartographic design and production information to others, both technical and non-technical; and evaluate and provide guidance and expertise on cartographic design.

Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience or education or training (or a combination) relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the experience, education, and/or training described in your application.

3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

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.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.usa.gov/Federal_Employees/Benefits.shtml

Additional benefits available at Census Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include: fitness center; child-care facility; credit union; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; care pools/van pools; etc.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans — The following link provides information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


HOW TO APPLY:

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Please note: if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement’s closing date.

If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com or at 866-656-6831 and/or the USAJobs Help Desk.

Step 1 – Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)

We suggest that you preview the online questions you will answer in Step 3 (Preview available in Qualifications and Evaluation section of announcement). You need to ensure your resume supports your responses to these questions.

Step 2 – Apply Online Click “Apply Online.”

You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click “Apply for this position now!” and follow the prompts to register (if you haven’t already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on “Application Status.” Click on the position title, and then select “Apply Online” to continue.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Resume showing relevant experience. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).Veterans’ Documentation. You must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

Sole Survivorship Documentation. If you are applying under Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.

If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013,and the required supporting documents listed on that form. Previous versions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information on veterans’ preference, click here.

Education Documentation

Submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualifications requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Ileana Cruz
Phone: 301-763-8588
Fax: 301-735-8308
Email: ileana.e.cruz.vega@census.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF THE CENSUS
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2K038D
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
20233
US
Fax: 301-735-8308

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be placed in the “gold” category and identified for referral to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.
After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three,” but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.

2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.

3. After the certificate is issued.

4. After final selection is made.

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status”. We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into “Notification Settings.” Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.