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Job Title:  Emergency Management Specialist (Geospatial)
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:  FEMA-14-NLF-18334-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$52,146.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to Thursday, March 27, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Status candidates who meet any of the categories shown under the heading "Who May Apply" at the end of the Job Summary section below.

Individuals who do not meet the eligibility criteria for this announcement may apply under FEMA-14-LNG-18334-DEU, which is open to the public.
Top Secret/SCI


About the Agency

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit for additional information.

Who May Apply:

  • Current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment
  • Former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility
  • Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities  (click here for a list of authorities)
  • Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement (click here to view a list of covered agreements)
  • Veterans’ preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty (click here for information on veterans)
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here
This position is ideaL for a mid career geospatial analyst with experience providing support to disaster operations program readiness and facilitating preparedness. This position starts at a salary of $63,091 at the GS-11 and a starting salary of $75, 621 at the GS-12. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the National Watch Center Branch, Operations Division, Response Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Promotion Potential: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.


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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.


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In this position, you will serve as a Geospatial Analyst on a NWC Team which is comprised of a Watch Officer, Senior Watch Analyst, and Watch Analysts who perform tasks in support of FEMA'S emergency programs. Typical assignments include:

  • As a Geospatial Analyst, the incumbent performs key program implementation of the FEMA geographic information systems (GIS) initiatives and operations.
  • The incumbent is responsible for supporting the NWC and its related functions and GIS initiatives and operations.
  • The incumbent performs activities in support of the NWC in operational areas such as analysis and productions, modeling; data management; innovation, tools development, coordination; dissemination; advocacy; remote sensing; and coordination and collaboration with agency headquarters and Regional components.


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Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


You qualify for this position at the GS-09 level (starting salary $52,146) if you possess one of the following:

One full year of specialized experience utilizing geospatial information products in support of disaster response operations.


A master's or equivalent graduate degree in geospatial information sciences and/or geospatial information technology OR two (2) full yeras of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR a LL.B. or J.D., if related.

You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level (starting salary $63,091) if you possess one of the following:

One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level that demonstrates experience analyzing and managing geospatial information products, and using analysis to formulate solutions to problems encountered during disaster operations.    
OR Education
A Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree in (geospatial information sciences and/or geospatial information technology) OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
A combination of education and experience that meets the full qualifications requirement. 



We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

  • Skill in the use of geospatial information technology, tools, and plans as they relate to analyzing datasets in support of disaster operations.
  • Knowledge of the Robert T. Stafford Act, the National Response Framework and other documents related to the National/Federal role in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. 

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website.  To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85.0 for this position.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

To preview questions please click here.


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  • To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Top Secret/SCI as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
  • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
  • A one year probationary period is required unless already completed.


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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday) - see Agency Contact Information. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible.
Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (
You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.
Step 2 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the CareerConnector website to complete the application process.
Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on the CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.
Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.
Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.
Document Upload:
You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:
1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. or
2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.


1.  Your resume
2.  Your responses to the job questionnaire 
3.  Are you qualifying based on education?  Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.  Those with foreign education, click this link
4.  Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability.  Click here for more veterans’ information.
5.  Are you a current or former Federal employee?  Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
6.  Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Submit: 
  • a copy of your agency notice,
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
  • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


Nicki Feagin
Phone: 202-646-7675
Fax: 999-999-9999
Agency Information:
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Please apply online
Washington, DC
Fax: 999-999-9999


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

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