Geospatial Systems Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Colville , WA 99114

Posted 2 months ago

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The two positions are in the Pacific NW Region. They support managers and resource specialists in use of geospatial technology and Geographic Information Systems for land, natural resources & ecosystem management.

For additional information about the duties of these positions, please contact Bill Wettengel at 541-750-7071 or

Final determination of duty location is made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. See additional information below on salary.

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Provides leadership in the development and use of spatial data and advanced geospatial technological applications, and serves as principal technical adviser on Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Develops and implements geospatial program goals in conjunction with resource management objectives and organizational business requirements. Advises, counsels and assists Regional staff regarding GIS project planning including timelines, data requirements, data analysis capabilities, budgeting, contracting, and other information management considerations.

Serves as technical point of contact and maintains liaison with the Regional Office and Federal, State, and local governments; learning institutions; the private sector; professional organizations; and other individuals concerned with GIS, GPS, remote sensing and mapping.

Provides expertise and makes recommendations on the development and application of geospatial analysis processes, protocols and solutions to mission critical resource management issues. Applies knowledge of geospatial technology to facilitate geospatial model design and analysis.

Manipulates and analyzes geospatial data to support resource management decisions for multiple resource, jurisdictional, and ownership units or a large geographical region. Performs multi-scale and/or multi-resource analysis in support of planning, analysis, and monitoring activities.

Provides advice on the implementation, management, analysis, and use of geospatial information. Provides guidance and recommendations on sources, standards, integrity, compatibility, and cost efficiency of natural resource and socio-economic information. Conducts formal and informal training and provides technical assistance to GIS software users in the development, storage, retrieval and analysis of data.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel approximately one time per month to coordinate with users of GIS products.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period

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Information on duty location and salary

The duty station for this position will be one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer.

Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. For additional information on pay rates, please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to:

For the GS-12 level, Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include one or more of the following:

Managed and maintained geospatial data to facilitate analysis across multiple disciplines including, but not limited to, recreation, silviculture, planning, engineering and fire & aviation. Utilized GIS technology and established procedures to produce maps and graphics for various resource programs and planning documents. Manipulated and analyzed geospatial data to support resource areas, jurisdictions, or ownership units.

Assisted in the development of web, mobile and desktop applications that incorporate modern mapping, visualization and analysis techniques. Provided geospatial technical analysis, briefings and presentations to high level executives, program managers and leadership. Served as the geospatial expert member of an interdisciplinary team.

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.

Work Experience: Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience: the beginning day, month and year the work assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of duties performed.

This information must be provided for each permanent, temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment or volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block of time. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for the position.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

To receive consideration for these positions, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Education is not a requirement for these positions.

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Geospatial Systems Specialist

Department Of Agriculture