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Cartographer

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 to join the team that produces maps that contribute to complex intelligence analysis for senior policymakers, including the President of the United States. Cartographers are responsible for researching, designing, and producing thematic and reference maps in support of the Agency's finished intelligence, including presentations, publications, and interactive products. Cartographers work on regional accounts, such as: Africa, Eurasia, Western Hemisphere, Europe, Middle East or South Asia-Oceania. Cartographers are encouraged to participate in internal training as well as external workshops, training, and conferences.

Candidates work as part of a cartographic or interdisciplinary team managing multiple mapping 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 and maintain sufficient regional 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.

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.

To Apply:

Make a note of the position(s) that interest you, as you can apply for up to four positions in one application. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application, and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

Application Instructions

An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.


Posted: Oct 09, 2007 04:38 PM
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2014 11:08 AM