The incumbent works with resource specialists to determine type, amount, and level of information required to develop and analyze ecosystem management alternatives. Assesses quality, compatibility, and limitations of various data used in a wide array of land management and planning efforts. Compiles natural resource, topographic, and cartographic data for creation of thematic map products and presentation materials for multi-disciplinary resource planning, preparation of environmental and social assessments, and other project supporting natural resource management decision making. Develops data dictionaries, data models, and metadata for multi-disciplinary information and geospatial applications. Coordinates conversion of geospatial information and remote sensing imagery into GIS databases. Provides advice on the implementation, management, analysis, and use of geospatial information. Makes recommendations on the development and application of geospatial analysis processes, protocols, and solutions to mission critical resource management issues. Serves as technical point of contact for GIS, GPS, remote sensing and mapping. Provides technical assistance to software users in the development, storage, retrieval, and analysis of data. Conducts formal and informal training. Acts as program liaison with the District Office, other federal agencies, state and local governments, learning institutions, professional organizations, and other individuals concerned with GIS, GPS, remote sensing and mapping. Operates complex computer systems and software packages and develops procedures to produce intricately detailed maps and graphics for many varied Forest resource programs, planning documents, and a variety of other requirements.
Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary, requiring long periods of sitting in one position, intense concentration, and working for several hours at a time. Stress may be experienced on a regular basis in attempting to respond to conflicting objectives and in working against tight deadlines with limited resources.
Work Environment: The work is primarily in an office/computer room environment. Occasional fieldwork may be required. Fieldwork is in support of resource mapping projects and involves extended days of travel. Poor weather conditions may prolong fieldwork beyond planning dates. Incumbent must be comfortable with less than ideal conditions in remote settings in the accomplishment of mapping projects.
Conditions of Employment
Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-7 for the GS-9 level, and GS-9 for the GS-11 level.) of the position to be filled. Examples For GS-09: Experience applying Geographic Information Systems and related technology in support of natural resources management. Those which provided experience in geographic/cartographic sciences, interdisciplinary resource management and data base management and the knowledge of the techniques used in the analysis of multiple resources. Examples: For GS-11: Experience applying Geographic Information Systems and related technology in support of natural resources management. This experience would include working independently doing duties that gave you a mix of technical skills in the geographic and computer science disciplines to negotiate geospatial project issues and requirements with stakeholders; and analyzing data related to or used to make decisions in a natural resource program.
OR Substitution of education for experience: At the GS-9 level: Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. At the GS-11 level: Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Note: Graduate education must be directly related and have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position. OR Equivalent combination of education and experience.
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.