U.S. Census Bureau
This job opportunity is for a Geographer position in the Technical Support Unit, Geography Branch, National Processing Center located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. This position is not included in the bargaining unit.
Applications under this job opportunity announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only. This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotions as
NPC-2018-0078, Geographer, GG-0150-09/11, GB-JD-MAP-Internal
, which can be accessed at http://jobsearch.USAJOBS.gov/
One year trial period will be required.
Tour of Duty
: Mixed Tour
- Monday - Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm. Alternate Work Schedule may be available at a later date. Alternate Work Schedule is an 80-hour biweekly basic work requirement that is scheduled in less than 10 days; i.e., eight 9-hour days/nights, one 8-hour day/night, and one day off.
Mixed Tour Work Schedule:
Mixed tour is a combination of periods of full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules which allows the best utilization of the employee based on the work requirements of the organization. Whenever there is a change in the workload, your work schedule may be changed to full, part-time or intermittent.
Relocation expenses may not be authorized.
Candidates must clear the fingerprint process and initiate the required background investigation prior to selection.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Note to current NPC employees:
If you are a current NPC employee and are selected from this announcement, this selection will change your type of appointment to a Term Appointment. At the end of this Term Appointment, your employment with NPC will end. You will be required to re-compete for any permanent positions. In some cases, you may be eligible for reinstatement. Applying for Reinstatement may allow former federal employees to reenter the Federal competitive service workforce without competing with the general public.
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The full performance of this position will:
Explain work requirements, methods and procedures as needed, giving special instructions on difficult or different operations and answering technical questions about work.
Formulate and issue special instructions for non-routine or complex assignments and clarifies published guidelines or procedures.
Develop procedures related to such projects as geographic coding, geographic data reconciliation, special projects, boundary updates, digitizing, etc.
Use sophisticated interactive software, large databases, and investigative methods.
Update spatial digital databases with the most complex digitizing assignments.
Assign geographic location codes to very complicated sets of substandard and/or conflicting address information requiring an in-depth knowledge of Internet search engines.
Research and resolve discrepancies between geographic databases that require in-depth knowledge of the databases and processing methods to resolve geographic problems of a very complex nature.
Develop responses to geographically oriented problems initiated by telephone calls and correspondence from other divisions in the Bureau, other Federal agencies, and various agencies or persons outside the Federal government in both the public and private sectors.
Assume responsibility of mapping projects that are moderate in scope and are related to a larger diversified operation.
Keep current on changes to geographic software and communicate this information, including any new training required, to branch employees.
Document productivity and quality levels, recommending appropriate methodology, processing workflow, and technical changes to branch management.
Coordinate activities that pertain to this integration of universal technologies, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and commercially available Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into census processing methods.
Train newly hired cartographic aids in digital or manual plotting of political and statistical boundary allocations, and geographic coding.
Perform actual production work in various areas such as cartographic, digital and clerical operations. Review completed work in these areas for errors.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
All qualified United States citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
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Conditions of Employment
Must be U.S. citizen and suitable for Federal employment.
If resume is incomplete, applicant may not be considered for this vacancy.
Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Grade 09 Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic entry requirements, you must have one year of experience as a Geographer at the grade 07 level in the Federal Service or one year of equivalent professional work experience. Examples of such work include: performing as an assistant to a higher graded geographer and involves the compiling of geographic facts from a variety of specified sources. Discrepancies in data are ascertained, discrepancies remedied, and information is presented in the appropriate format.
Grade 11 Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic entry requirements, you must have one year of experience as a Geographer at the grade 09 level in the Federal Service or one year of equivalent professional work experience. Examples of such work include: integrating geographical information for presentation from a regional or topical view point; presenting and illustrating geographic information in narrative and graphic form; using basic statistical methods; and carrying out basic field research including the mapping of phenomena, assists with the design and programming of automated production and control systems.
Grade 09: You have a Master's Degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree in Geography or related field.
Grade 11: 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree in Geography or a related field or a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree.
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.
Qualification requirements contained in this vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
Minimum Education Requirements
Basic Entry Requirements For All Grade Levels: A.
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 B
. 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 and/or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.
The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that do not fall under competitive examining procedures; however, they may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
30% or more disabled veteran
Persons with disabilities
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates
will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap .
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
A copy of your Reduction In Force (RIF) separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
A copy of your latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, - noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
A copy of your last performance appraisal including rating; and
Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
A copy of your Reduction In Force (RIF) separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
A copy of your SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, notify the Human Resources Branch. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Branch via the Federal Relay Service, 1-812-218-3610.
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.
Employees who receive a buyout and subsequently return to positions in a Federal agency within 5 years after the date of separation on which the payment is based, whether by reemployment or contracts for personal service, are generally obligated to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid it before the individual's first day of reemployment.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume, optional cover letter, supporting documentation, and dates of employment (mm/dd/yy) on the resume to determine if you meet the qualifications for the position. If you meet the qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) that you completed as part of the application and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are gold, silver, and bronze. Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How applicants will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate the applicant on the following competencies; do not provide a separate written response:
Knowledge of geographic reference materials and procedures in order to apply cartographic principles and methods to update maps and other geographic products, and to train.
Skill with using GIS and other software with the principles of automated cartography.
Skill necessary to present technical guidance and communicate complex technical information in written form and in person to a variety of audiences.
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