Cartographer (GIS Specialist)

at Natural Resources Conservation Service in Champaign, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Summary The primary purpose of the position is to serve collaboratively to support development and delivery of cartographic and various Geographic Information System (GIS) activities used for conservation planning and implementation, environmental evaluation, and related aspects of Service programs. The incumbent aids higher-graded employees and experienced contractors on the immediate team, other state office staff, area staff, and field office staff. Responsibilities Provides technical support, implementation support, and training for the effective use of automated tools, including Conservation Desktop (CD), ArcGIS, soil data viewer, and others to assist in efficient field office operations. Provides advice to Leadership in using CD as the principal automated tool for conservation planning and field office program management. Inspects and edits digital geospatial data to ensure compliance with applicable specifications; produces and analyzes data necessary for conservation programs. Provides team members with interpretative products such as, maps depicting resource concerns, and maps showing eligibility of landowners for conservation assistance. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Time in grade: Current federal employees applying for a promotion opportunity must meet the time-in-grade (TIG) requirement of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. (e.g. one year at the GS-09 grade level for consideration for the GS-11 grade level). Basic Education Requirement: All applicants must have completed a degree 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. 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). OR; Combination of Education and Experience: 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, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In addition to meeting one of the Basic Requirements listed above, applicants must meet the following Minimum Qualifications Requirement in order to be considered for this position at the GS-11 grade level: Specialized Experience: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level or higher in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. This experience must have equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience is defined as experience utilizing geographic information technology to analyze agricultural, soil, biological, ecological, and/or resource inventory programs issues/trends; AND experience in developing, analyzing, coordinating Geographic Information System (GIS) and/or Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technologies and interpretations of soil survey information. OR; Education: 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in cartography or a related discipline. OR; Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of gradua

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Job Posting: JC251765219

Posted On: Nov 30, 2023

Updated On: Dec 14, 2023

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