Interdisciplinary Geographer/Cartographer

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Lakewood, CO
Added: March 20, 2024

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Lakewood: CO:

GS-11: $80,665 (Step 01) to $104,861 (Step 10);

GS-12: $96,684 (Step 01) to $125,685 (Step 10);

Rolla, MO

GS-11: $72,553 (Step 01) to $94,317 (Step 10);

GS-12: $86,962 (Step 01) to $113,047 (Step 10);

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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
  • National Guard & reserves Current members, those who want to join or transitioning military members.
  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
  • Special authorities Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
  • Veterans

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Open to current or former Federal employees w/perm comp status; OR those eligible under a special or noncomp appointing authority (e.g.,VRA, disabled, Pathways Interns & Recent Grads who are elig for noncomp conversion, etc.); OR current or former employees who are serving, or previously served, on temp or term appt in a land mgmt agency; OR veterans with preference or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after approx 3yrs or more of continuous active service.


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Location Negotiable - The duty station of this position may be any USGS location that is agreed upon by the selecting official and the selectee. If the agreed upon location results in the relocation of the selectee, the travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized. Salary dependent upon the agreed upon duty location of the position. Locality pay tables can be found here .

NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

Open to all U.S. citizens under: USGS-RES-24-12310867-DE-SER


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) serves as a national catalyst for the organization and distribution of biological, hydrological, geological, and geographical information and addresses the specific needs of the Department of the Interior and its land and resource managers. The USGS is the Nation's largest water, earth, biological science and civilian mapping agency, working in cooperation with more than 2,000 organizations across the country with numerous international communities to provide reliable, impartial, scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers and partners.

The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) is the primary operational component within the National Geospatial Program (NGP), the largest program within the U.S. Geological Survey in terms of appropriated funding, with an annual appropriated budget of approximately $70 million. The NGTOC provides world-class geospatial technical expertise and customer service for the USGS and the Nation through fulfilling its responsibilities within the NGP. It is responsible for the acquisition, assessment, and integration of geospatial data in support of The National Map , oversight of Geospatial Data Products and Services Contracts, quality assurance and quality control of products and data produced via contract or by other entities outside of the NGTOC, providing government furnished materials to support contract production, development of national standards and data models to support The National Map , and providing technical assistance to USGS Geospatial Liaisons and state, local and private sector partners.

This position, Commercial Partnership Team Project Manager (CPT PM) is under the supervision of the Agreements and Commercial Partnership Section Chief. This section is comprised of the COR, CPT PMs, Finance and Agreements personnel. The COR represents the Contracting Officer (CO) in all aspects of contract and Task Order management. The COR is also a CPT PM, but is "first among equals" within this group, and is responsible for maintaining a broad perspective of all projects in work. All communications with the CO go through the COR. The CPT PMs act for the COR in most routine discussions and transactions. They accept functional and technical requirements from the Liaison and customer, coordinate technical support provided by other parts of the NGTOC, prepare IGCEs, and do most of the actual work of assembling completed Task Orders, coordinating with vendors, and monitoring assigned Task Orders from task creation until task closeout.

As a Geographer/Cartographer within the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Develops and monitors projects designed to provide geospatial data and/or services under appropriate USGS contracts
  • Works with a variety of internal and external customers and partners to establish and/or modify product and service specifications Establish partnerships with federal, regional, tribal, and state-level agencies, scientific committees, and other organizations and institutions that support USGS objectives
  • Sets project cost estimates and schedules to meet customer and partner requirements
  • Provides realistic independent government cost estimates (IGCE) for standard USGS data products, for customized user-specified products, and for all combinations of geospatial data or services
  • Monitors inspections of materials for verification and compliance with requirements and product specifications.
  • Work to expand the number of cooperating agencies and organizations in support of geospatial information needs
  • Works closely with the technical point of contact for the contract activity to ensure that projects are successful
  • Provides input to supervisor on project development and progress.
  • Participates in the evaluation of technical proposals using potential contractor's prior performance, technical capability, capacity, and equipment.

Physical Demands: The work is sedentary. Typically the employee may sit comfortably to do work.

Work Environment: The work is performed in a climate-controlled office environment that is adequately lighted and ventilated.

This position is suitable for telework with supervisory approval.

Requirements Conditions of Employment

Key Requirements

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.


For GS-0150:

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT : Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Geographer, all grade levels.

  • Degree in 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.
  • A combination of education and experience-- courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semesters hours in geography or related fields, as shown in "A" above, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE)

For GS-1370:

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT : Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Cartographer, all grade levels. 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 (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-courses equivalent to a major in cartography, or a minor 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 and/or additional education for a total of 4 years. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE) .

For GS-11

In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-11 level:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree in geography or other directly related field of study or 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education (54 semester hours, 81 quarter hours or the equivalent) leading to a Ph.D. in geography or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position to be filled.
  • OR one year of appropriate professional experience in geography that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service.

Examples of such experience may include: 1) research geospatial industry and market conditions to develop customer requirements for geospatial data collection, including Lidar and/or aerial photography, 2) support the planning and development of federal contracts or task orders, and 3) track, monitor, and report on federal task orders.

  • OR a combination of successfully completed progressive graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the second year of graduate study and professional experience, as described above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE GRADUATE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE)

For GS-12

In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-12 level:

  • One year of appropriate professional experience in geography that is equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

Examples of such experience may include: 1) develop custom technical management policies, standards, specifications, and guidelines related to geospatial data collection and technology development, 2) research and communicate to senior management federal reimbursable agreement and spending authorities and the impacts to programs and projects to senior management staff, and 3) analyze reimbursable agreement and federal spending and procurement policies, procedures, and workflows related to inter- and intra-agency agreements.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


  • 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.
  • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .

Additional Information

Other Information:

  • Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
  • Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
  • USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
  • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
  • DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .
  • The Department of the Interior (DOI) places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental principles that guide the Department and allow us to successfully achieve our mission.

Agency Benefits:

  • USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework in accordance with the DOI Telework policy and with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
  • For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: .
  • Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave , and holidays ; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts , and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System .

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