Geographer

Department Of Agriculture Fort Collins, CO
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

The Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH), one division of Science, Technology and Analysis Services (STAS), provides analytical epidemiology expertise; performs designing, planning, and analysis for national surveillance programs for animal disease; identifies emerging animal health threats; monitors health-related aspects of U.S. livestock management and production; conducts risk assessments; and develops economic and epidemiologic models to inform benefit cost analyses, risk analyses, and surveillance planning.

CEAH is an Office International des Epizooties (OIE) collaborating center for risk analysis, animal disease surveillance, and epidemiologic modeling. CEAH scientists participating in this role assist the OIE with subject matter expertise and have an opportunity to work with OIE member countries in enhancing their veterinary infrastructure.

Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.

This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without re-announcing.) For more details click: Term Appointments

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Responsibilities

The duties may include, but are not limited to:

* Participates as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to analyze geographic data concerning animal health, using spatial statistical and related methods.

* Helps determine criteria and standards for the collection of vector and raster data, relative to the purpose of a project.

* The selectee works with employees from CEAH, APHIS Headquarters Staff, Regional, and Area Offices and other government agencies on geospatial-related projects.

* Works with other members of Information Management & Analytic Support (IMAS) staff to develop and/or enhance risk analysis methods and models, by providing spatial expertise.

* Participates as a key contributor in geospatial training programs for APHIS Veterinary Services veterinary medical officers, analytical epidemiologists, animal health technicians, and computer specialists to provide information on the use of spatial data in diverse analyses, surveillance activities, emergency response, and animal health studies.

* Contributes to the development and design of customized geospatial analysis projects and advanced geospatial training for other Federal and State agencies, private industry, academia, and foreign departments or organizations.

* Evaluates new and emerging geospatial technologies for use in geospatial analysis, cartographic product development, and spatial data collection, processing, and display.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Who May Apply This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

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* Job family (Series)

0150 Geography

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* US Citizenship is required.

* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

* Subject to satisfactory completion of one year trial period.

Special Conditions:

* Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

* Successful completion of a 1 year trial period (if new hire to the Federal service).

* Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty to this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

* This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.

* Approximately ten percent of the time is spent in the field where there is the possibility of exposure to extreme heat and cold and diseases. Special protective clothing and gear are required at those times.

* Some work involves some strenuous activities as it relates to GIS activities in the field. It may require prolonged standing and walking on various types of surfaces and conditions (farm surfaces, swamps, etc.) for data collection.

* Most of the work takes place in an office setting and may require long periods of sitting at a personal computer or standing while digitizing map features and analyzing data.

* Travel via airline, cars, etc., will be required. Travel may be domestic and international.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: Degree: geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.

OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields plus appropriate experience or additional education.

FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

* Working independently or with a team to develop complex cartographic products in different formats and in different environments (web and desktop) for a variety of needs, including emergency response, epidemiology outbreak investigations, and surveillance

* Using geospatial scripting and developer programs and languages to automate data processes, support web-GIS, and improve efficiencies in map making.

* Creating and publishing map products and solutions for integration in a variety of geospatial projects.

* Locating, downloading, and preparing geospatial datasets for a variety of mission-critical tasks.

(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

TRANSCRIPTS are required:

* This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.

* This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.

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.

Education

Please see above for education qualification requirement information.