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Friday, August 30, 2019

Position: Cartographer

Job ID: 8393

Open To: Public

Open Period: 08/30/2019 – 09/09/2019

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This position is in the D. C. Office of Planning’s Citywide Strategy and Analysis Division. The Office of Planning (OP) has the lead responsibility for planning the physical and economic development of the District of Columbia, and strategically guiding the preservation, revitalization and development of the city using a diversity of disciplines involving the broader range of stakeholders. The Citywide Strategy and Analysis Division includes:  State Data Center; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Information Technology; and sector-based planning expertise. GIS is relied on to manage all spatial information related to the District in order to support the overall mission of the agency; and provide GIS-related products and services to staff partner agencies and other stakeholders including the public. 

This position functions as Cartographer (Geographic Information) which specializes in cartography.  Incumbent’s experience, technical knowledge, and good judgment is relied upon to work around technical roadblocks posed by buggy software products - through self-help, reliance on technical web resources, and getting help from more experienced staff, as needed.


The incumbent will create maps, reports, and electronic data sets using Geographic Information Systems software including ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online. Routinely, exercises substantial technical judgment in choosing precisely how to create these products. Extends existing GIS software and makes mapping and GIS functions available in other software using technologies that may include Microsoft Visual Studio, Python and Javascript. Interacts directly with OP staff, other agency staff, contractors and the public to respond to requests. Works, cooperatively, with other Office of Planning GIS team members to help assure that all GIS tasks are completed in a timely manner.Provides expertise in applies cartographic (map-making) to create clear and effective maps and helps provide guidance on these issues to others. Provides direct technical support with GIS software to Office of Planning staff and others, including training and software installation support, as needed. Supports other GIS team staff in developing automated tools for generating standard maps, as needed. Uses ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online to create, update, and document electronic data sets for use in mapping. Uses Visual Studio, Python and/or Javascript to create custom software and automate certain routine tasks.

Responds to map, data, requests from co-workers, other agency staff, partner agencies, the general public and other stakeholders. Interprets requests made by non-technical personnel, clarifying the nature of the underlying requirements, and identifying appropriate products to fulfill those requests. Performs research to identify and obtain data sets when necessary to meet OP GIS needs; and quality control tasks, both on data sets created within the Office of Planning and on externally derived products. Provides support to the agency’s planning efforts, including scoping of work, identification of data sets, complex data and mapping research and analysis, review and validation of results, and assistance with recommendations and review of final reports and graphics, as appropriate. Documents work requests and data set creation activities in appropriate written documents, and via automated systems, as appropriate. Assists in graphics and document preparation, as needed, to assure that GIS-related products integrate into overall OP products, effectively. Participates in delivering and receiving GIS-related training to help staff keep current with rapidly-changing GIS technologies. Actively, seeks opportunities for self-directed training to keep current and expand professional knowledge.


Degree: cartography; or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business mathematics or statistics (i.e., college level algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or scientific mathematics or statistics requiring equivalent college-level courses as prerequisites).


Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in cartography, or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography, and/or directly related science, and related mathematics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Preferred Education

Minimum educational requirement is college degree in a Geography Information Systems, Geography, Planning, or a related discipline. Coursework in cartography, and quantitative methods is required. Information work in information technology as well as planning-related subjects is preferred. Ongoing training in programming techniques for use with GIS is a significant plus.

Preferred Work Experience

At least 5 years’ experience using the ESRI suite of GIS technologies, including a minimum of two-year using ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro on a day-to-day basis. Experience should go beyond routine data automation and automated mapping tasks to demonstrate creative and flexible use of these products for custom mapping and analysis.




The work is sedentary in nature, requiring minimal physical exertion; however, the incumbent encounters intermittent periods of walking, bending and carrying light items, e.g., copies of reports, etc.

The work includes the everyday risks and discomforts typical of offices and meeting rooms.


***The selected candidate will begin their assignment no earlier than October 13, 2019***

This position covered under a collective bargaining unit – AFGE 3871

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