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Emergency Management Specialist (GIS)

US Department of Homeland Securit

New York,  New York
GIS Technician

This position is being announced under FEMA's Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years, with the option to extend based on workload and funding availability. Veterans Preference does not apply to the CORE selection process.

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

In this position, as a Geospatial Analyst, the incumbent performs key program implementation of the Agency's geographic information systems (GIS) initiatives and operations. The incumbent is responsible for supporting various recovery office functions as required and GIS initiatives and operations. Typical Assignments include:

Performing activities in operational areas such as analysis and production; modeling; innovation, tools development, coordination and dissemination; advocacy; remote sensing; technology awareness; requirements collection, prioritization and tracking; coordination and collaboration with other agencies and regional components; and coordination and collaboration with other emergency management partner organizations at the Federal, State and local levels.
Providing key project assistance in the development of program standards, doctrine, training, exercises, FEMA Qualification System (FQS) requirements, and program awareness throughout the recovery office.

Serving as a key resource on critical geospatial program initiatives, with this role requiring frequent coordination with internal and external working groups, and incorporating concerns in formulating and recommending solutions to problems that impact GIS capabilities.
Determining and managing customer expectations for products. Coordinates with appropriate geospatial stakeholders to prevent duplication of effort and to promote information sharing.

The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify for this position at the IC-11 ($70,111) level, your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the IC-09 level in federal service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:

  • Thorough knowledge of, and experience with, remote sensing, cartographic and geospatial production techniques and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including geospatial software products and various geospatial modeling programs, to analyze complex datasets in support of disaster operations.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, geospatial tools, techniques, procedures, plans and policies as they relate to enterprise activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft standard operating procedures (SOP), annexes to national plans, and guides.
  • Demonstrated customer support skills.


Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.


3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.


LL.M., if related.


Combination of both experience and education.

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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found “not qualified” if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

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