In order to be rated as a qualified candidate for this position, you must meet the Basic Requirement and the Specialized Experience Requirement stated below.

EXPERIENCE AND BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for Geography Series, GS-0150)


A.Degree:geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that include at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.


B. Combination of education and experience:courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must have the following:


One year experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level performing the following:1) design, develop, test and implement land description GIS data, specifically derived from TAAMS, GCDB, Metes and Bounds, and Rights-of-Ways, and resolution of this data's various land description issues, along with demonstrated awareness of how these land description resolutions are applied in support of NIOGEMS; 2) combine data related to land surveys/descriptions, mineral Agreements, leasing, ownership tracts, and oil/gas wells, and other energy/mineral related data for input into the NIOGEMS and other GIS databases and onto maps for publication, demonstrating direct application of the data development tools from ESRI's ArcGIS, Erdas, and development GIS products used in support of NIOGEMS; 3) vector and raster handling techniques, such as used in the preparation aerial imagery, elevation data, supporting map reference layers (e.g., roads) coupled with the interpretation of this data for specific use for Indian Tribe'soil and gas production and energy/mineral activities; and; 4) serve as a subject matter expert and advisor to an organization/agency in map generation and GIS data processing.

NOTE: You must provide a copy of your transcripts in order to verify that the educational substitution requirement has been met. This information must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


Your application package will be evaluated against the minimum qualification requirements specified above.  In order to qualify, your resume must specifically describe your work history and the duties you performed for each position.

Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied. Qualified applicants will be rated based on their possession of the knowledge and experience requirements below:

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge in the use of specific GIS/Mapping and productivity software packages:  ArcGIS, Erdas, Microsoft Office, NIOGEMS 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of specific federal GIS data sources:  GCDB, Census, etc.
  • Interpersonal and team skills
  • Oral and written communication skills

Qualified Indian preference candidates will be referred to the hiring manager in order of veterans' preference.