Job Overview


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.


This announcement may be used to fill two temporary Cartographic Technician (GS-1399-04/05) positions in the Pacific West Region. One Cartographic Technician will be duty stationed in Seattle, Washington and another will be duty stationed in San Francisco, California. The position will be filled under the Pathways-Internship program.

Both position are within the Division of Information Coordination and Management, and supports the GIS and Planning Programs.

Salary:  San Francisco $33,136 per annum - $43,074 per annum
            Seattle          $29,865 per annum - $38,822 per annum

Area Information:
One position is located in downtown Seattle. Seattle is a major metropolitan city. Full amenities and services are available. Public transportation is accessible from all points in the greater Puget Sound region.

One position is located in the Financial District in downtown San Francisco, California. San Francisco is a major metropolitan city. All services and amenities are available. Public transportation is accessible from all points in the Bay Area.

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore federal careers while still in school. Applicants must be current students, enrolled or accepted on at least a half-time basis, and pursuing a degree or certificate in a qualifying education institution (see the ‘Education' section for more information). Interns may be converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days following successful completion of all of their education and work experience requirements. For more information on the Pathways Intern Program, visit: 

WHO MAY APPLY: Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying education institutions pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate, in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 and above).

Government Housing is not available.

The full promotion potential of this position is: 05

Position Contact:
Maria Davila
Human Resources

Vacancy Identification Number: 889474


The focus of the positions will be developing Park Atlases in a Geographic Information System.  Extreme attention to detail and meticulous data management are required for this project. The duties will primarily include GIS data compilation and editing, creation of metadata, development of layer files, and digital cartographic map products. Examples of GIS data that will need to be complied and/or edited for park atlases include property ownership, buildings, roads, trails, vegetation, rivers, and cultural landscapes. All data gathered for a park atlas will need to be organized in an ESRI Geodatabase to be consumed through a map service, adhere to NPS feature class naming conventions, and stored in a common coordinate system. The student will perform necessary verification and error checking procedures to ensure that the data adhere to NPS region, or park-level standards. In addition, the student will seek assistance for situations not covered by instructions or guidelines from the regional GIS Specialist and/or Planner. The candidate is required to continue their education while working in their field of study. Products produced as part of the park atlas effort should follow NPS cartographic guidelines and incorporate a cartographic standard as appropriate for the map's scale and content.