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Job Title:  Cartographic Technician (Photogrammetry) GS-1371-7/8/9 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2013-155

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$41,522.00 to $66,022.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 to Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Sacramento, CA  View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River, and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: and view our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Why search any longer - we have just the opportunity for you! Come, join us and become a vital part of our Surveys and Mapping Team. Serve as a cartographic technician who specializes in photogrammetry. This is an excellent opportunity to apply your photogrammetric experience in compiling and modifying topographic and planimetric maps for use in planning, design and construction of civil engineering structures and in geological and environmental projects. You will be a valued team member and your work will assist Reclamation in accomplishing its mission.

This is position is located in the Bureau of Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region, Division of Design and Construction, Surveys and Mapping Branch, Sacramento, CA. For information on Sacramento, go to website:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Some travel will be required
  • Position subject to extensive background investigation.


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Position may be filled at the GS-07, GS-8 or GS-9 level.  The GS-7 and GS-8duties are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-9. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level. Note: promotion is not automatic.

  • Operates BAE systems SOCET SET, Cardinal Systems VrOne digital-mapping software, and AutoCADD Civil 3D to create and edit aerial mapping planimetric and topographic details. Operates BAE systems SOCET SET softcopy stereoplotter, performing interior, relative, and absolute orientation and map compilation.
  • Develops manuscript mapping and finished drafting sheets. Considers most efficient use of control in establishing the proper drawing order.  Performs the horizontal and vertical aerotriangulation of strips to vertical aerial photographs.
  • Takes cross sections for construction pay quantities using vertical aerial or terrestrial photography. Sets up stereoscopic models by precise interior, relative and absolute orientation of stereo pairs in the plotting of instrument and precise selection and recording of cross-section data.
  • Prepares flight layout data for use in civil works design, flood plain studies, and hydrographic design. Analyzes design layout and topographic features and recommends appropriate technical flight specifications such as altitude, focal length, and overlay.
  • Receives, inspects, and indexes aerial photographs and negatives, some of questionable reliability requires extensive interpretation and analysis. Plots control on grid by precision measurements.
  • Investigates all source materials applicable to the area being mapped and mosaiced. Cross analyzes and evaluates information reconciling all conflicting data.
  • Checks contractors’ photogrammetric mapping for accuracy and completeness of detail.  Assist supervisor in setting deadlines, resource allocation, and work objectives based scope, complexity and detail of topographic and planimetric mapping work needed for planning, design, and construction projects.    


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Applicants must have specialized experience or education as defined below:

GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service; OR, one full year of graduate education (approximately 18 semester units) in a field directly related to the position.

GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service; OR, one and half years of graduate education in a field directly related to the position.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-08 level in the Federal service; OR, a Master's degree or two years of graduate level education (approximately 36 semester units) leading to a Master's degree. Graduate education must be in a field directly related to the position.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-7: Experience using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CAD) software that involved assembly and compiling data from existing maps, land records, survey notes to develop, edit and revise cartographic products (maps, drawings, charts, graphics).

GS-8:Experience compiling and analyzing cartographic data and using digital software programs to design, layout, digitize, integrate, edit, create and prepare detailed production level drawings, maps, charts, exhibits and displays from survey, photogrammetric, and cartographic data.

GS-9: Experience applying cartography, photogrammetry and geodetic practices, techniques and principles to perform horizontal and vertical aerotriangulation of problematic data and digital map compilation (planimetric detail, digital terrain modeling and/or contours) using digital analytical stereoplotters and/or softcopy software programs.These examples are not all inclusive.

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

You must meet all qualifications, and as applicable, time-in-grade, and selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources will review resumes and transcripts to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories:  1)  Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified.  Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
- Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.  
- Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
- Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Knowledge cartography, photogrammetry and geodetic principles, procedures and techniques to perform digital map compilation (planimetric detail, digital terrain modeling and/or contours) using analytical stereoplotters and/or soft copy workstations with proficiency in model setup/orientation and data collection procedures.
2. Demonstrated experience planning and performing aerial triangulation by pugging, comparing, resolving conflicts and adjusting.
3. Demonstrated proficiency using state-of-the art digital data collection and editing software, various platforms, and 3rd party applications.
4. Demonstrated experience applying federal mapping accuracy and data standards to assure data accuracy and quality standards are met in the development and presentation of mapping products.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.
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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any costs incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selectee.

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

Employment Conditions:
-Position is subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period depending upon the type of appointment.
-Operation of a Government is vehicle required.
-Some travel will be required to visit field sites, attend meetings, conferences.
-Obtaining and using a government issued charge card will be required for any business-related travel.
-Work primarily indoors. Some field work subject to prevailing weather and terrain.
-Position is represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 951.

Selective Service: Male applicants born on or after January 1, 1960, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:

Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System-HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to provide supporting documentation. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may E-mail their supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the documents.

Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476.If applying online poses a hardship contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

Transcript(s): If you are using college transcripts to qualify for the position, you must furnish a copy of your college transcript(s).  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
-For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an 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 requested by this form.
--For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.
--For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Human Resource Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Room E-1907
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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