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Cartographer - Interactive Multimedia Emphasis

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $49,861 – $92,001
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

The Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Intelligence is looking for talented cartographers with excellent skills in interactive multimedia. You will produce thematic maps that contribute to complex intelligence analysis for senior policymakers, including the President of the United States. Cartographers with interactive multimedia emphasis produce maps for both web and mobile environments, so demonstrated interest in new technology is required. Applicant should have experience in a programming language such as Java, C#, C++, Visual Basic, or PHP. Some experience in Adobe Flash and authoring in AS3 is desirable. You will be responsible for all aspects of production including: map design, using GIS software, and programming interactivity. Opportunities exist to participate in internal training as well as external training, workshops, and conferences.

Candidates work as part of interdisciplinary teams managing multiple interactive projects under minimal supervision. Cartographers work with their customers to define project requirements and provide advice on processes and procedures for optimal visual presentation. Cartographers are expected to develop sufficient geographic expertise to provide substantive input into the final map product, including geographic features, Board on Geographic Names (BGN) rulings, key issues, and recent developments.

Minimum requirements include a BA, BS, MA or MS, in cartography, geography, geospatial information systems, or similarly related discipline, with an emphasis in thematic cartography. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale is required. A portfolio of five or more cartographic products will be requested from applicants considered for this position.

Competitive candidates should have knowledge of cartographic design principles including color and symbology theory, map projections, thematic and statistical mapping, topographic and reference mapping, display hierarchies, typography, and data generation. Other requirements include knowledge of GIS principles including data types; data layers; basic geographic, analytic, and statistical functions; geographic coordinate systems; and data formatting. Candidates must have the ability to collect, analyze, and integrate geographic and substantive data into an effectively designed cartographic product. Additionally, candidates should be proficient in the use of, or be rapidly gaining expertise with the software, hardware, and platforms necessary for cartographic, graphic, and web production, such as some of the following: ESRI ArcView GIS, ESRI ArcGIS, Avenza MAPublisher, Intergraph GeoMedia Pro, Microsoft Office, Adobe software such as Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Flash, and Acrobat. Experience with the Adobe suite of software is strongly desired.

The following items must be included/attached to your online application:

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • Portfolio: In the Preferences section under job objectives please include a link to your online portfolio. Attach a PDF portfolio, if you do not have an online portfolio.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Jun 14, 2012 12:51 PM
Last Updated: May 14, 2015 10:28 AM