All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
Merit Promotion candidates - Time in grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Candidates must have at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade level.
Selective Placement Factor:
As part of the minimum qualifications requirements, applicants will be assessed on their possession of the following selective placement factor. Candidates that are determined as not possessing the selective placement factor will receive an unfavorable determination of minimum qualifications and will not receive further consideration of the position. Selective Placement Factor: Ability to visualize, design, and produce a diverse range of custom maps that capture the essence of a place, whether cultural, historical, or natural, imparting to the reader a sense of discovery. This includes experience making two or more of the following: maps of park, tourist, or recreational sites; 3D oblique maps of large-scale sites with buildings; 3D oblique terrain maps; shaded relief combined with natural land cover textures, hypsometric tints, or environmental effects; maps with a faux-antique appearance; geographic diagrams and info-graphics depicting natural history and cultural topics. Maps must be easy to read, appropriately generalized, and contain clear visual hierarchies. This also includes, expertise producing maps with geospatial data, graphical software, and including manual touchups.
- Degree: cartography; or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business mathematics or statistics (i.e., college level algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or scientific mathematics or statistics requiring equivalent college-level courses as prerequisites).
- Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in cartography, or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography, and/or directly related science, and related mathematics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the basic requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience that equipped you with the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent in the level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade level in Federal service or comparable in difficulty or responsibility to the next lower grade level if outside the Federal service. Specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Examples of qualifying experience include application of professional knowledge and skills in mapping and related sciences, and relevant mathematics and statistics to plan, design, research, develop, construct, evaluate and modify mapping and charting systems and products. Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions.
1. Knowledge of cartographic principles, concepts, practices and related systems for the design of original, custom-produced maps, including geographic art, meant for use by the general public.
2. Ability to resolve complex map production challenges; utilizing research and evaluative skills relative to the reliability and accuracy of source materials and data and familiarity with how cartographic and graphics software relates to innovative mapping.
3. Ability to prepare, review, and archive maps in accordance with established procedures and while maintaining or exceeding existing quality standards.
4. Ability to interact with people at various levels of responsibility while presenting technical information clearly.
Substitution of Education for Experience:
There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 level.
You must meet the minimum education requirements listed above in basic requirements.
If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
A copy of your unofficial transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted at the time of application. If selected, official transcripts will be required.
Requirements when selecting Specialty Codes
The following section is used to determine your eligibility for appointment in the Federal Government. Please refer to the specialty code requirements below when selecting a specialty code for consideration. NOTE: You must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility, failure to provide the required documents will render you ineligible for consideration. See instructions under the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" for submitting applicable documentation.
001 Competitive DEU Open to all U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.
002 Competitive MPP Current or former Federal employees serving or have served under a career or career-conditional appointment at a grade below the full performance level of the position being advertised. Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)- Veteran who served substantially 3 or more years of continuous active duty in the military; or is a preference eligible; AND separated under honorable conditions.
003 Non-Competitive MPP Current or former Federal employees serving or have served under a career or career-conditional appointment at the higher grade of the position being advertised or who has currently competed for a permanent position that has the same or higher promotion potential as shown in this announcement. (For reinstatement eligibility, generally, this means you have served three continuous years on a permanent career-conditional appointment in the competitive service of the Federal government or; a veterans preference eligible who has served at least one day on a career-conditional appointment in the competitive service or; non-preference eligible who has not completed the service requirement for career tenure only within 3 years following the date of separation.) People with Disabilities- have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Interchange Agreement or by another type of non-competitive appointment such as: Foreign Service employee, Peace Corps volunteers, Postal Career Service employees. You must meet the requirements defined by the interchange agreement or specific appointing authority.
The qualification requirements are outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions, available for review at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants may be required to submit samples supporting their cartography experience.
Delegated Examining Statement : If you meet the qualification requirements you will be placed in one of three Quality Categories (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified) based on your score. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference are ranked in their appropriate categories without preference points but receive selection priority over non-veterans within their category. In addition, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of at least ten percent (CP/CPS) are moved to the highest (Best Qualified) category (except for scientific and professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). In order to receive preference appropriate documentation to verify eligibility (i.e: DD-214, SF-15, VA letter, etc.) must be provided with the application.
Best Qualified : Those candidates who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including the selective factors and quality ranking factors. Candidates must be highly proficient in requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified : Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the job including selective placement factors, are proficient in most of the requirements of the position, and should meet the quality rating factors.
Qualified : Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the job including selective placement factors, and may be proficient in some of the requirements of the position.
Merit Promotion Statement : Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determinations is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies listed in the vacancy announcement.
ICTAP/CTAP : Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of the most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.