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Cartographic Technician

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U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management

$16.00 to $25.77

Butte, MT

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$16 to $25.77 per hour

Pay scale & grade

GS 05 - 07

Work schedule

Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full-Time

Appointment type

Permanent - 2018 summer season - generally from April-October. Dates vary depending on the position/location.


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Billings, MT

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Missoula, MT

Missoula, MT

Belle Fourche, SD

Belle Fourche, SD

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Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

First Consideration Date: You must apply on or before March 27, 2018, to receive first consideration for this position. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed by during the open period of the announcement.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website

All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.

Physical Demands / Work Environment: Work may take place in extremely remote environments and may require primitive camping and living skills for upwards of two weeks in duration. The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.

Salary: Salary shown is taken from the Rest of the U.S. pay table, step 1. You may view the OPM salary tables, with the various locality rates, at 2018 General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Tables

If selected from this or a similar competitive, seasonal announcement, your appointment may be creditable for consideration under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)

?. The Act allows certain individuals, who have or had time-limited appointments at land management agencies, to compete for any permanent position in the competitive service under “internal” merit promotion procedures. For more information, see the section under Eligibility

, which starts with Question #15 ( Q15. Who is eligible for appointment under these provisions?

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GS-5: The incumbent performs limited drafting and mapping work involving a variety of basic

cartographic methods; performs detailed tasks to gather and prepare digital data sets, maps,

and/or charts; digitizes data sets and enters information into metadata files. Maintains data

bases for generating cartographic output; prepares or modifies maps and prepares finished

copies of reports. The incumbent will operate drafting machines and equipment. Performs

quality control to reduce digitizing errors and correct compilation or publication errors in source

material. The incumbent provides assistance to more senior cartographers, technicians, and resource

specialists in the development of digital data for office, state-wide and national natural resources

geographic information systems. The incumbent provides assistance to other staff members in

creating, editing, and correcting digital data or map information.

GS-6: The incumbent performs drafting and mapping work to produce a variety of cartographic

products which includes the preparation or modification of digital maps. The incumbent

digitizes, scans, creates, compiles, and/or drafts maps, diagrams, and data according to basic

cartographic principles. Incumbent creates digital databases, map layouts, and base maps using

Geographic Information System (GIS); prepares illustrations, maps, and charts using standard

GIS and/or drafting methods according to basic cartographic principles and publication standards.

Performs quality control to reduce digitizing errors and correct compilation or publication errors

present. Consults with appropriate staff personnel to make revisions to fit imagery or to correct

problems created in the scanning or rectification processes as well as those problems that exist in

the original data source. Creates backups of digitized data and assists the digitizing unit cartographer

in providing technical support and training to other members of the digitizing staff. Works within a

team concept to develop and implement ways to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality

of the products and/or services provided to internal and external customers.

GS-7: The incumbent prepares conventional maps, graphs, and illustrations using traditional

cartographic methods or automated systems; performs automated and/or manual digitizing to

convert data into Geographic Information System (GIS) databases; produces plotted maps using

automated systems and software such as ARC/INFO and ARCVIEW. The incumbent enters data

obtained from a variety of sources in digital format; edits, verifies, and formats data in digital

form; processes cartographic data and graphic products for entry into a digital database by

editing and reviewing data for accuracy and consistency. The incumbent will orient and outline

map features and details from photographic materials, generally from aerial photographs, requiring

selection and identification of control points, computing angles, preparing template lay downs,

assembling prints for mosaics, operating stereographic equipment and using standard photogrammetric

techniques. Final products include road and trail rights-of-way center line information (such as angles

and distances obtained by the incumbent directly from the aerial photography).

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

1371 Cartographic Technician

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Conditions of Employment

Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement or vacancy questions. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.


In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.

GS-5: One year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include experience in cartography or in a related field such as photogrammetry or geodesy, where the work required similar knowledge and skills -OR- 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 science, land surveying, geophysics, remote sensing, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Not more than 9 of the 18 semester hours should have been in mathematics or statistics.

GS-6: One year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5 level. Examples of specialized experience may include experience in cartography or in a related field such as photogrammetry or geodesy; limited drafting and mapping work; gather and prepare digital data sets to digitize and enter into files; correcting digital data or map information -OR- Successful completion of one full academic year of graduate education related to the occupation. Examples of acceptable courses include cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, remote sensing, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Not more than 9 of the 18 semester hours should have been in mathematics or statistics.

GS-7: One year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-6 level. Examples of specialized experience may include experience in cartography or in a related field such as photogrammetry or geodesy; performs spartial data entry, editing and organization within a multi-user enterprise geo database; creates, acquires, defines and manages geospatial and tabular data -OR- Successful completion of one full academic year of graduate education related to the occupation. Examples of acceptable courses include cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, remote sensing, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Not more than 9 of the 18 semester hours should have been in mathematics or statistics.


Additional information

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System


Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP


. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

If tentatively selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit a OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

The person tentatively selected for this position is subject to completion of a favorable background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the position.

A valid driver's license is required for some positions. If you are selected for one of these positions you must be 18 years old and have a current driver's license.

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be at least 18; otherwise, you must be at least 16 at the time you report for work.

Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis and employee will be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary.

This position is not eligible for Telework.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:

GS-5 & 6:

Knowledge and skill in applying standard GIS principles and procedures in order to process digital catographic data using computer-assisted systems for entry into a digital cartographic database.

Ability to assign attribute codes from graphic source materials by using raster or vector scanning methods that use interactive computer systems in order to manually digitize data directly from the graphic map source.

Work involves multiple tasks and jobs requiring knowledge of cartographic techniques. Work effort assists higher graded technicians in routine aspects of their work; and facilitates the overall work and schedule of the work unit with timely, accurate, reliable submissions facilitating the work of others in the organization, related units, and agency.


Knowledge of attribute acquisition and or conversion of geospatial data into established geospatial data standards and schema while evaluating and maintaining data quality to identify data entry errors and displaying of captured data following standard cartographic principles and concepts such as map projections, scales, topology, 3D visualizations and base layer selection to accurately display information on map products to the end user.

Knowledge of Geographic Information System technology and analytic techniques to provide geospatial services and produce standard geospatial products for a variety of resource management projects and geospatial users.

Knowledge of various computer applications and operating systems to utilize and manage different geospatial data formats (i.e., Windows, ESRI, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, Microsoft Office Suite, S1, etc.).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Applicable

Required Documents

Required Documents

Different locations begin hiring at different times. ALL required documentation must be received at the time you apply, or before 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the early consideration date / closing date.

Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

1. A copy of your college transcript(s), if qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience. If selected for this position you will be required to provide an original copy of your transcripts.

2. Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15

, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide

3. Any certifications (such as First Aid certifications) required for the position. Requirements to submit additional documents may be stated in the job related questions. Failure to submit all required documents may result in a not qualified or not eligible determination.

4. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax orby uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Do not use both options. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the early consideration/closing date of this announcement.

READ THIS: It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate that all eligibility requirements are met. This includes ensuring your resume / application documents specific information on each employment listed. Specifically, you must document Agency/Company Name, supervisor's name and contact information, position title, grade/series/salary, and employment dates to include month, day and year. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

Temporary seasonal employees are eligible for the following:

-Annual and Sick Leave

-Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential

-Paid Federal Holidays

-Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1.your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. your resume; and 3. applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button Apply to this Vacancy at the bottom of this Screen and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, select the “ Create a new account

” link. You will be required to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the Forgot your username or password?


Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the early consideration/closing date of this announcement.

If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us priorto the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the Branch of Human Resources Management number in the What to Expect Next section of this job announcement.

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate that all eligibility and qualifications requirements are met. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified. If you have questions regarding the necessary documentation to include or if you would like to verify your documentation has been received, contact the Branch of Human Resources Management number in the What to Expect Next section of this job announcement.

Agency contact information

Human Resources Human Resources







Bureau of Land Management

BLM Montana State Office

Branch of Human Resources

Billings, Montana

United States

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Next steps

This temporary seasonal job announcement is designed to collect applicants' names for potential seasonal hiring throughout the BLM Montana/Dakotas organization. There are no specific vacant positions waiting to be filled. Lists of eligible applicants will only be sent to a manager when it has been determined there is a need to hire someone and there are funds available. Applications are not routinely processed until a manager requests a list of eligible applicants. You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; you can also check your USAJOBS profile for additional vacancy status information.

For assistance, contact the Branch of Human Resources Management at 406-896-5002.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management
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Company Profile
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created in 1946 through a merger of the General Land Office (GLO) and the U.S. Grazing Service, has roots going back to the creation of the GLO in 1812. In celebration of 200 years of land management, the BLM presents this website -- a collection of the stories, traditions and heritage that make up our unique history. BLM employees, current and retired, have contributed to this labor of love and many more will continue to add their unique histories over time.

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