Geographer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Wallops Island, Virginia
Posted
Dec 02, 2022
Closes
Dec 10, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

As a Geographer within the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:
  • Processes and analyzes remotely sensed imagery and geospatial data using GIS and image-processing software and creating graphic representations in the form of geospatial datasets, digital maps, or other products.
  • Uses GIS and remote sensing software to develop methodologies and products to support assessments of changes in coastal land cover and geomorphology, assisting in the automation of GIS tasks through scripting or other tools.
  • Performs fundamental vector and raster analysis; GIS software; Esri ArcGIS.
  • Creates land-cover databases from aerial or satellite imagery.
  • Assists processing, analysis, and publication of data and development of interpretative products for inclusion in presentations or manuscripts.
  • Presents results of spatial analyses as maps, tables, or graphics.
  • Participates in infrequent field work to collect and validate geospatial data related to changes in coastal land cover and geomorphology.
  • Operates a government vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Demands: Work of the position requires field work entailing physical effort such as walking over rough terrain, climbing on landforms to place equipment, or walking on wet or slippery surfaces. Field work may take place in adverse weather conditions.

Work Environment: Office conditions do not require special safety precautions; field conditions may include extreme heat or cold, rain or snow; hazardous conditions such as ice or flooding; or exposure to irritant or toxic chemicals. Work may require the use of personal protective equipment such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets.

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.
  • Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe driving record.
  • Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.
  • Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
    • If selected you may be asked to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
    • You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license & a copy of your driving record.
    • Taking and passing a pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense is required due to the physical demands of this job.
    • 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.


    Qualifications

    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)


  • GS-09:
    In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-09 level:

    1. Master's or equivalent graduate degree in geography or other directly related field of study or 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester hours, 54 quarter hours or the equivalent) leading to a master's degree 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

    2. One year of appropriate professional experience in geography that is equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service.

    Examples of GS-9 experience may include: (1) experience performing analyses using GIS software such as Esri ArcGIS, (2) experience processing remotely sensed imagery using established image-analysis methods and workflows, (3) experience using image-processing software such as ERDAS Imagine or ENVI to create land-cover datasets from aerial or satellite imagery, (4) experience using programming languages such as Matlab or Python to run existing processing scripts to automate analysis of spatial data, and (5) experience representing results of spatial analyses as maps, tables, or graphics with supporting text.

    **OR

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

    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:

    1. 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

    2. One year of appropriate professional experience in geography that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service.

    Examples of GS-11 experience may include: (1) experience performing complex analyses using GIS software such as Esri ArcGIS, (2) experience modifying established or developing new image-analysis methods and workflows, (3) experience developing and applying batch-processing workflows in image-processing software such as ERDAS Imagine or ENVI to create and assess the accuracy of land-cover datasets from aerial or satellite imagery, (4) experience using programming languages such as Matlab or Python to modify existing or develop new processing scripts to automate analysis of spatial data, and (5) experience preparing maps, tables, graphics, and text for inclusion in presentations, reports, or scientific papers.

    **OR

    3. 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)

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


    Education

    • 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: https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs .


    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.
    • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
    • 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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .
    • 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.
    • THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
    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: https://www.doi.gov/telework/policies .
    • 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 .