New GIS position at U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, AZ (applications due June 21, 2021)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is excited to advertise a Physical Scientist position (Term) in their Flagstaff, AZ office at the GS-7 level. The successful candidate will join a group of geologists in the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics (GMEG) Science Center focused on better understanding the geologic evolution of the Lower Colorado River and eastern Mojave Desert regions through geologic mapping. This is primarily a GIS position that will contribute to an ongoing nationwide effort to produce a seamless digital geologic map of the nation and will assist with bedrock geologic map compilations of the Lower Colorado River region.

The main job duties include:
· Scanning, georeferencing, and digitizing geologic information currently captured on analog maps
· Compilation and synthesis of digital geologic map data
· Production and documentation of cartographic products, graphics, and databases for publication of geologic mapping
· Documentation of workflows and creation of FGDC-compliant metadata
· Establishment of procedures and methodologies to ensure compliance with a newly developed regional geologic map schema

In addition to GIS skills, the ideal candidate will also be familiar with the concepts of bedrock geology and geologic mapping. Flagstaff is a moderate-sized mountain city in northern Arizona, situated at about 7,000 ft elevation known for its vibrant community and proximity to a range of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Please review the posting on USAJOBS for the complete and most up to date details about the position and for information about how to apply: USAJOBS - Job Announcement

With regards to the application process please share the following with potential applicants:
We highly encourage all candidates to carefully review the announcement to ensure they provide all required documents listed to ensure full consideration of their application package. Those who do not provide the required documents or information in their application may not receive full consideration. Candidates including transcripts to show proof of meeting qualifications through education need to ensure that their transcripts contain the information needed (as outlined in the qualifications section of the announcement) to fully credit their education toward meeting minimum qualifications for the position. The resumes of those who apply MUST include detailed information for current and past positions: job title, name of company/agency, month/yr to month/yr, (e.g., March 2012 – June 2013), number of hours worked per week, salary, supervisor’s name and # (can include statement, “can call/do not call/contact me before calling,”) and narrative (not bullet list) of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Suggest a resume of at least two pages at the minimum with half a page devoted to each position. (There is a template at to follow.) Please advise them to follow instructions – that transcripts (unofficial is fine), SF-50s, PE License, etc., MUST be attached as required by the Vacancy Announcement. Also, please advise them to not wait until the last day in case of computer issues, etc.

More information about the associated GMEG geologic mapping projects can be found here:

You may also reach out to Scott Bennett ( or Ryan Crow ( if you have any questions.