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Cartographer

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $54,308 - $80,505* *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

  • US citizenship required (dual national US citizens are eligible)

  • Foreign language bonus eligible

As a Cartographer for the CIA, you will produce maps that contribute to complex intelligence analysis for senior policymakers, including the President of the United States. You will be responsible for researching, designing, and producing thematic and reference maps in support of CIA finished intelligence. Intelligence maps are designed for conveyance via mobile devices, web, and print. 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.

You will work as part of a cartographic or interdisciplinary team managing multiple mapping projects under minimal supervision. You will work with analytic colleagues to define project requirements and provide advice on processes and procedures for optimal visual presentation. You will be 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.

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Life at CIA

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events – as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in one of the following fields, or related studies with an emphasis in thematic cartography:
    • Cartography
    • Geography
    • Geospatial Information Systems
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and integrate geographic and substantive data into an effectively designed cartographic product
  • 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
  • Knowledge of GIS principles including data types; data layers; basic geographic, analytic, and statistical functions; geographic coordinate systems; and data formatting
Desired Qualifications:
  • Proficient in the use of, or be rapidly gaining expertise with the software, hardware and platforms necessary for cartographic, graphic, and web/mobile production, such as some of the following:
    • GIS
    • ESRI ArcGIS
    • HTML
    • Programming languages
    • Avenza MAPublisher
    • Intergraph GeoMedia Pro
    • Microsoft Office
    • Adobe software such as Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat
  • Experience with the Adobe suite of software, as well as with web and mobile conveyance
All applicants must successfully complete:
  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

If you are ready to apply, add this position to your job cart. You can add up to four (4) positions. Job cart selections will only be retained during this site visit, so be sure to click "Apply Now" before closing the browser window. After clicking "Apply Now" you will be taken to the application account creation page. The positions will appear in the cart once you have created an account.

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

Important application instructions for this position:

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Portfolio of five (5) or more cartographic samples (PDF or url link to a non-account/password-protected website) should be submitted from applicants considered for this position

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are seeking employment with the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. Once you reveal your interest you lose control of that information. We ask all applicants to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the CIA. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Aug 06, 2018 02:22 PM
Last Updated: Aug 06, 2018 02:22 PM

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