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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $51,603 - $104,473*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level

This position offers an opportunity to participate in the Language Hiring Bonus Program. See "Bonus Programs" in the Benefits section for more information.

Open Source Enterprise (OSE) Geographers are the Intelligence Community's experts on using geospatial tools, methodologies, and data to enhance the exploitation and analysis of open source information. OSE Geographers integrate skills in geospatial analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cartography, and remote sensing to more effectively analyze and exploit foreign-based publicly available information. OSE Geographers carry out geospatial analysis, visualize trends and patterns, locate hard-to-find places and facilities, and combine their GIS know-how with regional, cultural, and linguistic expertise. They are proactive in finding ways to use their geospatial skillset to support CIA's mission, and they collaborate with OSE's Open Source Officers, Librarians, Geographers, and other Intelligence Community members to do so.

The candidates we seek will proactively leverage their proficiency in: ArcGIS and other GIS software, quantitative and spatial analysis techniques, data management, and advanced research to answer intelligence questions and meet complex challenges. Candidates will be adept at using the internet and on-line applications to discover, visualize, and exploit geospatial data, monitor foreign media outlets, and locate places and information of interest.

Geographer positions are based in the metropolitan Washington, DC area with limited opportunities for overseas-based assignments. Temporary travel is required of most Geographers. In addition to salary and benefits, Geographers are eligible to earn annual language "bonus" pay based on in-house language proficiency testing. Geographers also have the opportunity to take language courses and to maintain professional credentials through further training and participation in conferences and professional organizations.

Minimum requirement includes a bachelor's degree in Geography or a directly related discipline with demonstrated proficiency in GIS data management, GIS tools, and GIS analysis. Work experience in geographic information systems, remote sensing and/or cartography, foreign language capability, mature writing skills, and a willingness to travel domestically and overseas are highly desirable. Applicants should have strong organizational and communication skills, and a creative and proactive approach to their work.


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: Apr 21, 2007 07:05 PM
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016 11:29 AM