Applications under this job opportunity announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only. Initial cut-off date for consideration may be as early as September 21, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered as needed.
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This job opportunity is for a Cartographic Technician and will be located in the Geography Branch of the National Processing Center in Jeffersonville
, IN. This position is in the bargaining unit.
Individual selected for this position may perform any of the following:
Prepare, assemble, and work with maps, materials, and documents needed for various survey mail outs and miscellaneous census related projects.
Research, evaluate, and order geographic reference materials, including address registers, city directories, automated files, etc., for use in problem solving, geographic allocation, determination of population and housing data, etc.
Plot or transfer geographic boundaries from maps and/or legal descriptions to various scales using appropriate increments and techniques in accordance with specified color codes and symbology.
Perform research to resolve geographic problems and referrals involving boundary and/or geographic data collection discrepancies or information to specified areas or addresses.
Electronically separate appropriate collection/tabulation blocks by allocating map spots and feature/address information to specified geographic tabulation areas.
Electronically allocate and transcribe geographic codes and information to specified areas, addresses or establishments and/or calculates map spots, feature/address criteria.
Review various maps and/or automated map data files for geographic coverage, geographic code, accurate boundaries and boundary identification.
Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Alternate Work Schedule may be available at a later date. Alternate Work Schedule is an 80-hour biweekly basic work requirement that is scheduled in less than 10 days; i.e., eight 9-hour days/nights, one 8-hour day/night, and one day off.
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
1371 Cartographic Technician
Must be a U.S. Citizen and suitable for Federal employment.
If resume is incomplete, may not be considered for this vacancy.
Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
This is a Term Appointment, initial appointment not to exceed 13 months. Term Appointments may be extended up to 4 years.
Note to current NPC employees: If you are a current NPC employee and are selected from this announcement, this will change your type of appointment to a Term Appointment. At the end of this Term Appointment, your employment with NPC will end.
You will be required to re-compete for any permanent positions. In some cases, you may be eligible for reinstatement. Applying for Reinstatement may allow former federal employees to reenter the Federal competitive service workforce without competing with the general public.
A one year trial period will be required.
Candidate must clear the fingerprint process and initiate the required background investigation prior to selection.
This announcement serves to establish a standing inventory of eligibiles to fill multiple Cartographic Technician positions at the U.S. Census Bureau's National Processing Center.
Qualified applicants will be considered for positions as they become available or until December 31, 2018 when this inventory will be abolished. On December 31, 2018 all remaining applications will expire. After that date, you must reapply in order to be considered for future vacancies.
You qualify at the GG-05 level if you possess one year of specialized experience that equips you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the grade 04 level to meet the qualification requirements in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience is defined as experience in cartography or in a related field such as photogrammetry or geodesy, where the work required similar knowledge and skills. Examples include experience working with organizational geography, political and statistical boundaries, cartographic principles, statistical coding and geocoding.
Education Substitution: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 18 semester hours in courses such as cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, oceanography, computer sciences. Not more than 9 of the 18 semester hours should have been in mathematics or statistics. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements at the grade 05.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations, (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Qualification requirements contained in this vacancy announcement are based on U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification (OPM)Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at:
The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures
, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1.A copy of your Reduction In Force (RIF) separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area. A Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
2.A copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
3.A copy of your last performance appraisal including rating; and
4.Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1.A copy of your Reduction In Force (RIF) separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2.A copy of your SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action , documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3.A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4.Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, notify the Human Resources Branch. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Branch via the Federal Relay Service, .
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.
Employees who receive a buyout and subsequently return to positions in a Federal agency within 5 years after the date of separation on which the payment is based, whether by reemployment or contracts for personal service, are generally obligated to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid it before the individual's first day of reemployment.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above
We will review your resume, optional cover letter, supporting documentation, and dates of employment (mm/dd/yy) on the resume to determine if you meet the qualifications for the position. If you meet the qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) that you completed as part of the application and place you in one of three pre-defined categories.
These categories are gold , silver , and bronze . Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How applicants will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate the applicant on the following competencies; do not provide a separate written response:1. Knowledge sufficient to perform multiple clerical tasks which may include one or more of the following: updating databases using interactive computer systems, coding documents, and computer-assisted telephone interviewing.
1.Ability to perform geographic research.
2.Skill in communicating with stakeholders via telephone and/or email.
3.Skill in cartographic methodologies and their applications to realign, edit, or create map features.
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A complete application consists of the following:
Resume showing relevant experience, optional cover letter, and the online questionnaire. Your resume must indicate country of citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week, annual salary, and specify the job duties related to the advertised position. For work in the Federal service, include the grade level of the position(s). Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
Veterans' Preference documentation,if applicable. Indicate on resume the type of veterans' preference claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service to validate claim of veterans preference and, if applicable, VA letter). If a compensable veteran is selected, an SF-15 will be required prior to appointment. Active duty service members must submit certification from the armed forces that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, go to: . For a fillable copy of the SF-15, go to: .
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable. See the "Other Information" section.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.
Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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