Employer Profile: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, VA



NGA provides timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security.


Paid/ Internship/ Summer 2017 (security clearance takes a while)

Applicants are NOT required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter CANNOT exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (20,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. THE COVER LETTER IS RECOMMENDED BUT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION WITH THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. Applicants should place their narrative information in the appropriate field on the Job History and Cover Letter Text Page.
Pay Band, Salary Range – Ext Band 01 $20,975 – $56,790 Band 02 $40,033 – $76,498
Permanent Change in Station
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
NGA Marketing Message
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence.
Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth’s surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That’s the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
We analyze imagery and data from many sources and incorporate it into visual displays of essential information for use in national defense, homeland security, and safety of navigation.
Central to the success of our mission are the extraordinary talents and skills of our teams of analysts and other professionals. We need the best minds to provide the information edge, continuing NGA’s role as the premier provider of Geospatial Intelligence worldwide.
Know the Earth… Show the Way… Understand the World
Assignment Description
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Temporary Hire Students perform a variety of functions and tasks in support of
the organization to which they are assigned. Work assignments will involve problem identification, analysis, and resolution. Specific duties may include the preparation and presentation of briefings directly related to work assigned. They must be in attendance at and enrolled in a graduate, baccalaureate, or associate degree program. They are placed on one-year temporary appointments, which can be extended in one-year increments until the student graduates. Their appointment terminates upon graduation or when the student no longer attends school, even if the expiration date on the current appointment has not been reached.
Promotion Opportunity
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Additional Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: NGA views student employees as our future workforce. The work performed is professional in nature and is conducted in a learning environment that gives the student the opportunity to be evaluated for potential long term employment. Student employment assignments are based on entry level professional job descriptions and will involve a great deal of independent work under the guidance of a senior level supervisor and mentor.
Temporary Hire Students perform a variety of functions and tasks which require pursuit of a degree in one or more
of the following fields or work roles:
– Advanced Visualization Specialist
– Architecture
– Cartography
– Communications
– Contract Specialist
– Geodetic Surveying
– Multimedia Specialist
– Photogrammetric Image Science
– Photogrammetry
– Thermal Infrared Image Science – Throughput Strategies
– Visual Information Specialist
– Web Engineering
For a more detailed explanation of NGA work roles please visit: https://www.nga.mil/Careers/Pages/CareersOccupations.aspx

Visual Information Specialist

Paid/ Full Time/ Start Date: TBD

Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth’s surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That’s the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the world leader in Geospatial Intelligence.

Put the skills you’ve learned at the Maryland Institute College of Art to work at NGA as a Visual Information Specialist. This exciting position gives you the opportunity to design, produce, and finish visual products such as geospatial information products, publications, brochures, and web pages. You will also apply design principles to create or enhance visual materials, visually communicate concepts or ideas, and generate hardcopy, softcopy, and web products using desktop publishing, illustration, image editing, graphic design, and/or digital video.

For more details or to apply, go to http://www.nga.mil or http://www.intelligencecareers.gov.

MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement’s mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

1. Demonstrated experience applying basic theories and principals of graphic layout design.
2. Demonstrated experience applying creative and analytic thinking to implement design ideas that communicate effectively.
3. Demonstrated experience applying knowledge and experience of the Adobe Creative Suite (CS) including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat for the production of print and digital products.
4. Demonstrated experience visualizing complex data from various sources effectively; authoring and editing information graphics (Infographics).
5. Demonstrated experience reviewing and providing critical feedback of graphic compositions.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: A. Education: Two-year degree in Graphic Arts, Graphic Design, Photography, Visual Communication, or a related field. -OR-
B. Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education in any area listed in option A and experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college work is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals to 2 years.



User Experience Architect

Paid/ Full-Time Position/ Start Date: TBD (CDO note: lengthy security check required)

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is looking to hire intelligenct, creative problem solvers with a deep understanding of best-practices in user-centered design to work as user experience (UX) designers and researchers. NGA is rapidly transitioning to a modern, user-focused web environment; this is your opportunity to be a part of that transformation.

As a UX Designer, your job will be to create useful, engaging, and accessible web experiences for our users. You will be at the forefront of NGA’s growing User Experience arena, working with a talented design team applying user-centered design principles to produce high-quality web experiences–from concept to execution–across various platforms. You must have excellent UI/UX skills with solid knowledge of user interaction and visual design. You will be hands-on with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You should have solid communication skills and be comfortable working on a team in a collaborative environment. You should also have an interest in technology and the know-how to multitask.

As a UX Researcher, your job will be to help discover what it takes to make a user’s web experience more intuitive and accessible. You will work to learn what our users need and want from NGA’s products and services. You will lead the charge to determine what our users are seeking in our web environment by conducting primary research, exploring the actions and motivations of our users, and working with teams of designers and developers to create new features. You will connect with customers and internal experts to develop a solid understanding of user’s behaviors to help deliver highly functional design through multiple iterations of design and testing, to include leading focus groups, and conducting hueristic reviews, prototyping, task analysis, and usability testing. You will communicate your findings by delivering instructive writted and visual presentations. You should be comfortable working on a team in a collaborative environment and have the know-how to multitask.

This announcement will be used to fill a number of positions over the course of the fiscal year.

Online application: https://erecruit.nga.mil/psp/EXPROD_1/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL