U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

About

Announcement Number:
OR-DEU-2016-0100
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Cartographic Technician
Open Period:
03/23/2016 - 03/29/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 1371 09
Salary:
USD $51,683 - USD $67,183
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-09
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Portland, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Lane Gaylord
503-808-6391
lgaylord@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Temporary
Appointment Type Details:
This is a temporary appointment not-to-exceed 1 year.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Cartographic Technician.  The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Summary:
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

For information about the Oregon State Office, visit our website.

For information about the Portland area, visit Travel Portland.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required.

Duties

Serves as a Cartographic Technician (Senior Editor) with the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office, Division of Resource Planning, Use and Protection.  Duties include collecting existing information (data, maps, digital files) in support of geospatial data maintenance projects from BLM Field Offices and other partnering organizations; reviews map data and other inputs prepared by other personnel for scanning and digitizing, inputs via heads-up and other forms of digitizing to corporate databases; and adheres to standards, policies and procedures; reviews the quality and accuracy of map and attribute data, obtained from resource specialists and others; uses GIS industry standard and custom applications to process and manipulate complex geospatial data; performs edits, changes and other support functions as needed to ensure correct and complete spatial and tablular databases; resolves errors and ensures accuracy of data; performs difficult phases of complex geospatial edit processes; performs geospatial analysis, evaluation techniques and processes for various resource management applications; works with users, specialists and analysts to accomplish projects through the use of geospatial and digital methods and processing. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
 

Summary of requirements:  You must meet all requirements as listed in the "Qualifications' section of the announcement.

If qualifying based on directly related graduate education, you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.   In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    1.  Ability to apply Geographic Information Systems and related technology in support of natural resources management.  
    2.  Knowledge of and skill in compiling geospatial data from a variety of sources and analyzing results to meet objectives of project.
    3.  Knowledge of principles of physical sciences, (e.g. geography, cartography, photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geodesy) to clearly portray geospatial relationships on maps and other products.
    4.  Ability to communicate effectively with a multi-disciplinary group in a knowledeable and accurate manner.
    Qualifications:
    Specialized Experience Requirements:  In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-8) of the position to be filled.  

    At this level the work is very difficult & responsible. It requires considerable specialized training and experience. Examples: Applying Geographic Information Systems and related technology in support of natural resources management; interprets & solves difficult and complex drafting and cartographic problems in research, analysis, evaluation & compilation of source data. Adapts & develops standards, methods & techniques for map or plat design & construction or other projects. Uses state-of-the-art equipment.

    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.

    As a general rule, substitution of education for experience is not creditable at this grade level. However, graduate education may be credited in those few instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. If directly related  two full years of graduate level education or a Master's degree may be substituted for specialized experience.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS
    Other Information:
    This is a temporary appointment, not-to-exceed 1 year.  As a temporary employee you are subject to termination at any time without use of adverse action or reduction-in-force procedures. A temporary appointment does not confer eligibility to be promoted or reassigned to other position, or the ability to be noncompetitively converted to a career or career-conditional appointment.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. 

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at lgaylord@blm.gov or 503-808-6391. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    If you are qualifying based on education, you must submit a copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

    For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

    For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.