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Geographer, Recent Graduate (ZP-0150-2)

Posted on July 14, 2017

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Geodetic Survey (NGS).

NOAA is seeking bright, innovate, results-oriented individuals to join the Recent Graduates Program which is an entry level program that targets individuals who have recently graduated from an accredited educational institution. Successful applicants will be placed in a dynamic, career development program. Throughout the program, you will participate in formal interactive training, job assignments and provided a mentor to develop competencies applicable to the target position.

More information on the Pathways Program for recent graduates can be found here

PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION: Upon completion of the minimum 1-year career development program, Program participants may, at agency discretion, be non-competitively converted without a break in service, to a term, career or career conditional appointment. There is no guarantee for conversion.

To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:

  • Successfully complete the one year developmental program.
  • Demonstrate successful job performance.
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management’s qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
  • Complete 40 hours of formal interactive training within developmental period.
  • Sign a Pathways Programs Participant Agreement upon appointment.
  • Meet established goals outlined in the Recent Graduate’s Individual Development Plan (IDP).
  • Recommended by supervisor/manager for conversion to permanent OR term position.

* Applicants will be on a trial period for the duration of the appointment.

* Relocation/Moving expenses will not be authorized.

* Student Loan Repayment will not be authorized.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

This vacancy may be used to fill other Geographer, ZP-0150-2 FPL 4 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: the same qualifications and eligibility requirements as indicated in this vacancy announcement).


As a Geographer (Recent Graduate), you will perform the following duties:

  • Assist in the design and creation of ArcGIS toolboxes, programs, and scripts to express NGS integrated database (NGS IDB) attributes and analysis procedures in a Geographic Information System (GIS) environment.
  • Initiate, formulate and plan programming, statistical, and GIS needs of ECO research and development (e.g. sensitivity analysis of linear elevation change rates, error analysis of elevation measurements, assessment of mark stability, etc.) Identify and develop NGS web pages that would benefit from GIS interfaces.
  • Formulate analytic and comparative studies to define geographic areas throughout the nation which can be used as accurate, representative samples in enumerating and comparing statistical data reflecting a variety of current geographic conditions that likely to cut across political and administrative lines; the problems for identification areas which are truly representative of the nation as a whole with respect to the matters under study.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement geospatial/modeling/programming support to national level programs. Investigate and implement, where feasible, linking of various modeling software into GIS products to support of major programs.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZP-2 is equivalent to the GS-07/10. This position will have promotion potential to the ZP-4. The ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.

Apply here.