Geographer/Cartographer (GIS)

    Duties Summary

    This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Deputy Director, Trust Services, Division of Land Titles and Records, Branch of Geospatial Technical Support Services in Lakewood, Colorado.

    NOTE:
    HIRING FLEXIBILITIES/INCENTIVES MAY BE AUTHORIZED PENDING MANAGEMENT APPROVAL AND AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.
    NOTE:
    THIS POSITION IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR 100% TELEWORK OR REMOTE WORK. THE DUTY STATION IS LAKEWOOD, CO.

    Responsibilities
    • Serves as the Chief, Branch of Geospatial Support. Exercises supervisory and personnel management responsibilities in managing the Office.
    • Advises the office of trust services at all levels on program development, analysis and evaluations pertaining to but not limited to Land Titles and Records GIS data management.
    • Provides guidance, direction, and coordination during the development of Bureau standards for GIS, and may represents the Bureau in the development of DOI standards which are drafted by the Federal Geographic Data Committee.
    • May represent supervisor on National GIS Boards by formulating business strategies for development of the enterprise-wide GIS.
    • Perform or oversee applied research that leads to the development and implementation of new methods, procedures, techniques, and applications of state-of-the art mapping and scientific systems and geospatial data.
    • Develop agreements to insure an integrated effort: create, maintain and secure data; establish database standards and submission requirements; provide GIS support to critical business functions; and to identify regional priorities.
    • Lead on developing a GIS Workforce Plan in collaboration with trust services Workforce and Planning Office, to address gaps and secession planning across all levels of the Bureau.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0150 Geography

    1370 Cartography

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship Required
    • Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472). Form BIA -4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
    • You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
    • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
    • If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
    • Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle, must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607.
    • Will be required to file an OGE-450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report Form in accordance with 5 CFR Part 2634, Subpart I.
    Qualifications
    Cartographer, GS-1370

    EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for 1370: Cartography Series).

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-1370:
    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.
    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 in A above plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Geographer, GS-0150

    EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0150: Geography Series).

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES:
    1. Degree: 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.
    OR
    2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:

    GS-13: I meet the basic requirement and I have at least one year of specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-12 in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector). Specialized experience may include, but are not limited to experience as a geographer, or cartographer, successfully integrating and applying Geographic Information System (GIS) applications to meet the divisions related objectives; subject matter expert developing organizational programs to support GIS analysis; using and displaying data in order to present well organized reports to management arid other professionals; manage multiple GIS complex projects, solving problems, making decisions and interacting collaboratively with professionals. (Your resume must support this experience.)

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

    Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472).

    Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur in the same location within 90 days from the closing date.
    Education

    If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: FOREIGN EDUCATION

    Additional information

    All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2020 Salary Tables here and select the duty station from the Lakewood, Colorado to choose the appropriate pay chart. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart.

    The full performance level of this position is GS-13.

    TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    You will be required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .

    Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/; Vets Info Guide: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

    Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. Most individuals who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application package will be evaluated against the minimum qualification requirements specified above. In order to qualify, your resume must specifically describe your work history and the duties you performed in each position. Your resume will be evaluated after the closing date of 07/14/2020 to determine whether you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. Competencies measured include:

    • Cartography
    • Geography
    • Interpersonal Skills

    We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If the information in your resume does not support your responses to the assessment questions, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your qualifications.

    Qualified Indian preference candidates will be referred to the hiring manager in order of veterans' preference.

    You may preview the assessment questions here in the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10854091.
    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for this position:

    • Resume which details work experience including dates worked (mm/yy-mm/yy), position title, Grade (if federal service), and hours worked per week.
    • On-line Assessment Questionnaire
    • Most recent SF-50 (if applying under merit promotion. Be sure your SF-50 displays your tenure in box 24, your position in box 34, and that the SF-50 is not an award)
    • Transcripts (if using education to qualify) - Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
    • Veteran's documentation - (if applicable) VA letter on VA letterhead stating your overall combined rating, SF-15, DD-214 (copy 4) reflecting an honorable discharge and dates of active duty military service.
    • Special Appointing Authority documentation (if applying under a special hiring authority)
    • BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference)
    • Performance Appraisal (if applying under the Land Management Flexibility Act)
    If you are applying as a VEOA candidate, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 and your letter from the VA reflecting an honorable discharge and that you either completed three years of active duty service or are a preference eligible. For more information see: https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa.

    If you are unable to apply online, require reasonable accommodation in the application process if you are an applicant with a disability, or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM Eastern Time ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. If your application package is incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position, and requests for extensions will not be granted. Please double check your application package before you submit it.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED OR ACCEPTED BY THIS OFFICE.
  • Benefits

    Benefits

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Help This job is open to
  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Federal employees - Excepted service

    Current excepted service federal employees.

  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Land & base management

    Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

  • Military spouses
  • Native Americans

    Native Americans or Alaskan Natives with a tribal affiliation.

  • Veterans
Clarification from the agency

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472). Verification form BIA -4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. No other documents will be accepted as proof of Indian Preference.