National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Bathymetrist in Saint Louis, Missouri
JOB DESCRIPTION: Bathymetrists receive, analyze, and deconflict U.S. and foreign bathymetric data for use by the Intelligence Community (IC) and external customers. They populate and maintain data and metadata in the bathymetry database, ensuring the accuracy of metadata pertaining to collection source platforms and depth recording devices. They also provide customers with conflated and corrected mission-specific
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bathymetrists analyze, acquire, compile, and disseminate maritime safety information to meet NGA's worldwide safety of maritime navigation obligations under U.S. Code, Title 10, other Federal and International laws and NGA's own regulations. Bathymetrists must be knowledgeable in the following: hydrographic and bathymetric surveying techniques and equipment, various data formats; sound velocity/ship draft/sensor anomalies/datum corrections applied to survey and previously processed data; projections and grids; tidal datums; methods of sounding evaluation and deconfliction; algorithms for sounding generalization; TIN(Triangular Irregular Network) and grid models used in analysis, feature generation and 3D visualization; geospatial information processing; source analysis and data statistical analysis; NGA's Digital Nautical Chart (DNC) and nautical hard copy products; and Electronic Nautical Chart (ENC) data. Bathymetrists must have experience with: Geographic Information System (GIS) applications (ArcGIS, Fledermaus, MapInfo, CARIS preferred); various data file formats (VPF, gridded data sets, ASCII, xyz, S57, etc); marine navigation production processes and utilization of imagery; and source analysis techniques and software used to build maritime databases and products. Bathymetrists must be able to balance multiple assignments at the same time and be able to work independently, and must be willing to train other Bathymetrists and share information with other team members. Bathymetrists must also be able to corporately represent NGA's mission, vision, values and goals when meeting with our customers. Band 3 Bathymetrists: 1. Plan and carry out activities to receive, analyze, and de-conflict U.S. and foreign bathymetric data for use by the Intelligence Community (IC) and external customers; 2. Provide the most accurate and relevant bathymetric and hydrographic depth data in support of Safety of Navigation (SoN), ocean modeling, and mission-specific intelligence; 3. Analyze, acquire, compile, and disseminate maritime safety information to meet NGA's worldwide maritime SoN obligations under U.S. Code, Title 10, other Federal and International laws and NGA's own regulations; 4. Perform moderately complex or difficult assignments to populate and maintain data and metadata in bathymetry databases, ensuring the accuracy of metadata pertaining to collection source platforms and depth recording devices; 5. Provide customers with conflated and corrected mission-specific data.
Occasional travel - Occasional Travel Required
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Conditions of Employment
- US Citizenship is required.
- Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
- Security Investigation
SPECIAL INFO: As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
U.S. Citizenship Required
Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
Polygraph Test Required
Position Subject to Drug Testing
Two Year Probationary Period
Direct Deposit Required
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement: 1. Demonstrated experience collecting bathymetric or hydrographic data; and/or data manipulation, feature extraction, and/or attribution of bathymetric or hydrographic data independently; 2. Demonstrated experience with Geographic Information System (GIS); 3. Proven ability to communicate ongoing work to peer and leadership through written, visual, spoken reports and briefings; 4. Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking to problem identification, analysis and resolution on challenging issues. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree in Geography, Geology, Hydrography, Hydrology, Marine Sciences, Oceanography, Physical Science, Remote Sensing, or a related discipline, or, a Bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours of coursework in the above disciplines. Designation as an American Congress on Surveying and Mapping-The Hydrographic Society of America (ACSM-THSOA) Certified Hydrographer is highly desired. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework in any area list in option A, plus experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college work is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: Six years of experience in the disciplines of Hydrography or Bathymetry that includes marine surveying, the use of current GIS tools, methods of research and analysis, application of hydrographic or bathymetric principles, or work related to the disciplines listed above. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Distinguish principal colors and shades/hues of principal colors; Near visual acuity of 20/20 or better with or without corrective lenses; Far visual acuity of 20/60 or better binocular with or without corrective lenses.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
- Hold a IHO Cat B or higher Hydrography Certification or a NSPS-THSOA Hydrography Certification; 2. Demonstrated experience coordinating with customers and providers of bathymetric source data to develop clear, realistic product and service requests; 3. Demonstrated experience creating bathymetrically enhanced geospatial graphical displays and textual reports; 4. Demonstrated knowledge and experience of ArcGIS, Fledermaus, MapInfo, Qimera, and/or CARIS; 5. Demonstrated experience merging geospatial data and maritime safety information.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. THE COVER LETTER IS RECOMMENDED BUT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION WITH THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages:
1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates, 3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Mailstop: S44-HDR 7500 GEOINT Drive Springfield, VA 22150 US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513132600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 10/09/2018 to 10/20/2018
Pay scale & grade: IA 03
Salary: $61,801 to $126,062 per year
Appointment type: Permanent - This is a permanent position.
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time