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Job Title:  Cartographer
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  WO-HFTH-14-1018920-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 26, 2013 to Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Harpers Ferry, WV View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Not Applicable


Number of Vacancies:  One at this time, however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.


Please refer to the section "Requirements when selecting Specialty Codes".

Who May Apply: Open to all U.S. citizens and merit promotion candidates. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.  Applications are encouraged and applicants will be considered under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) if they are preference eligibles or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing 3 or more years of continuous active service.


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service (NPS). 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.


The NPS is one of the most visible and most beloved of all Federal agencies.   We care for and conserve special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.   From the Statue of Liberty to the geysers of Yellowstone, to the vistas of the Grand Canyon and the volcanoes of Hawaii, the National Park Service is part of the fabric of American life.   You can be part of this exciting and important mission.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel to parks and meetings.


  • Yes
  • Relocation may be authorized,


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/59 require Selective Service Registration.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Initial appointment may require a one year probationary period.
  • See other requirements under the Qualifications section of this vacancy.
  • Please read the vacancy in its entirety.


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This position is located in the NPS Unigrid Brochure Program office.   The unit is responsible for developing, producing, and delivering Unigrid brochures and for providing technical and advisory services to parks, partners, and other clients. This office works in close collaboration with parks to assure that interpretive Unigrid brochures that are conceived, designed, and developed by the office can effectively, accurately, and economically be translated into functional products able to be printed, delivered, and updated for future editions.  



You will work within the NPS Unigrid Brochure Program to develop new maps, and update and/or maintain current maps—in both printed and electronic formats—for park and visitor use. This will be done in a team environment (writer/editor, designer, cartographer, printing specialists, and park clients). You will design visually engaging maps that capture the geographic essence of parks through the use of shaded relief, land cover, natural colors, oblique three-dimensional views, raster map art, and other graphical approaches. You will exercise initiative and originality to solve novel and obscure problems; create custom maps; apply standard cartographic practices and/or specifications; and will bring institutional knowledge to new situations. You will research, evaluate the reliability and accuracy of source materials and reconcile conflicting data; compile new maps; determine the size, focus, typographic hierarchy, and geographic extent of new maps; ensure the map complements the accompanying layout; follow accepted production steps in file development; and ensure that assembled electronic files are complete, accurate, and correctly formatted. You will develop new methods, techniques, or precedents to plan and carry out assignments when necessary. You will review and evaluate maps output through all stages of production to ensure quality assurance is maintained. You will serve as technical representative for cartographic contracts. You will perform other duties as assigned.


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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.


Basic Requirements:

  1. 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).


  1. 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: .



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.



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Veterans Information: Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans' preference. Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service or to internal agency actions such as a reassignment or promotion. When claiming preference, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10 point preference will need to submit Form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference . If you have questions about the applicability of veterans' preference for a particular vacancy please contact the agency posting the announcement. To learn more about veterans' preference, special veteran appointing authorities, and other veteran related topics, please visit



Telework in the local commuting area may be available at the approval of the supervisor.


Position subject to provisions of the Procurement Integrity Act.


Some travel may be required.


Relocation Expenses: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.


EEO Policy Statement: 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.


Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.


Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361. Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.


False Statements - If you misrepresent your experience or education, or provide false or fraudulent information in or with your application, it may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work. Making false or fraudulent statements also may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.


Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.


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NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax using the procedures below. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


LATE APPLICATIONS: Applications that are not received by the closing date through USA Staffing WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. There is no option for mailing, emailing, or otherwise submitting applications outside of this system, unless it is due to a request for reasonable accommodation.


Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.


To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 to receive consideration.


* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.


* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 


* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other (Documentation of non-competitive, ICTAP or CTAP eligibility)
   ·Other Veterans Document


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:


You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.


NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):


1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1018920.


2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 15, 2014  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:


1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.


2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items 


3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.


Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:  


-Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

-Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number

-Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:


Job Information:

-Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.

Personal Information:

- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).

- Country of Citizenship.

- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.


- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.

- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.

- Major field(s) of study.

- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

- Job title.

- Duties and accomplishments.

- Number of hours per week.

- Employer's name and address.

- Supervisor's name and phone number.

- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).

- Salary.

- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

Other Qualifications:

- Job-related training courses (title and year).

- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)


- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.



Thomas Haman
Phone: (304)535-6487
Agency Information:
Do Not Send Applications
67 Mather Place
Harpers Ferry, WV


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


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