GEOINT (Imagery Sci)
Defense, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency - Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

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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.

NGA - Know the Earth . . .Show the Way.

JOB DESCRIPTION: GEOINT Analysts (Imagery Science) apply advanced techniques to determine the intelligence and geospatial information contained in imagery. They develop algorithms, evaluate tools, and create customized methodologies and products to address a variety of geospatial intelligence problems. They typically specialize in precision mensuration, radar, spectral, infrared, and other specialized collection systems.

U.S. Citizenship

Drug Testing

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Additional Duty Location Info:
1 vacancy - Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The NGA Support Team at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, is seeking an energetic, customer-oriented individual to support the GEOINT Analysis Division as an Imagery Science Analyst. The incumbent will perform image scientist duties across the Hyper and Multi-Spectral disciplines. Imagery Scientists apply advanced techniques to determine the intelligence and geospatial information contained in imagery. They develop algorithms, evaluate tools, and create customized methodologies and products to address a variety of geospatial intelligence problems. Imagery Scientists typically specialize in precision mensuration, radar, spectral, infrared, and other specialized collection systems. Each specialty has specific responsibilities and requirements that include special processing and analysis of raw data, as well as for preparing tailored information and products. The incumbent will be required to liaison with imagery analysts and other Synthetic Aperture Radar, Thermal, and Spectral scientists to assist in applying advanced methods against diverse intelligence problems. Additional responsibilities include formulating test plans, participating in utility studies, and conducting evaluations in support of ground-truth experiments. The incumbent should be cognizant of spectral image processing software, geographic information systems, and related applications; be experienced with national imagery and familiar with commercial, civil and tactical and image sources; be familiar with basic mensuration tools and techniques; be able to develop and implement new work processes; and serve as the technical representative to various community working groups.

PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: Depending on funding availability, PCS expenses may be authorized by the hiring component.

Qualifications and Evaluations

MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. For this particular job, applicants must have experience in the following: Excellent interpersonal and communications skills; the ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels throughout the Intelligence Community; knowledge of national, civil, or commercial imaging systems; organizational representation, briefing and oral presentations; knowledge of image science and/or spectrometry; knowledge of image processing; the ability to understand various sources of imagery and /or geospatial information and the ability to provide easy-to-understand presentations of complex material to non-technical audiences. Applicant must be familiar with various forms of data; properties and phenomenology; processing techniques, tools, and systems; as well as be able to apply weather data to calibrate information and be able to perform calibrations and corrections. The successful candidates must possess initiative and excellent organizational skills, be highly motivated, be able to work independently, and be able to make decisions quickly.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Imagery Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, or a related discipline. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in option A, plus 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 4 years.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: Depending on specialty, experience with some or all of the software tools: ENVI, ERDAS Imagine, Non-Conventional Exploitation Factors (NEF) Database, Remote View, Ruler, IDL, IMX, Satellite Tool Kit, AGITK, IRTK. Knowledge of UNIX, and PC hardware and operating systems for evaluation of new software is also desired. Other desired skills include field and laboratory spectroscopy, process analysis; prototyping; digital image/signal processing; project management; interpersonal skills; networking; fundamental graphics preparation; coaching and mentoring; Special Collection Support.

  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Two Year Probationary Period
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Position Subject to Drug Testing
  • Security Clearance Required
  • Top Secret
  • Sensitive Compartmented Information
  • Polygraph Test Required
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph (CI) examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Applicants are NOT required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter CANNOT exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (6,500 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.
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages, 1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates, 3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at

All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

Benefits and Other Info

Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some highlights. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below.

You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info:

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info:

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:

You will earn sick leave. More info:

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:

In addition to federal benefits, NGA employees are also eligible for a suite of benefits offered only to the Intelligence Community (IC). The Compass Rose Benefits Group (CRBG) offers insurance products and services to all IC civilian employees. Compass Rose benefits include: Term Life Insurance, Group Accident Plan, Income Replacement, and Long Term Care Insurance. For more information on this highly-restricted opportunity, please visit the Compass Rose website:
NOTE: NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Promotions may be conducted during the annual pay for performance process or throughout the year via the Assignment Opportunity Notices (AON).

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: This is an NST assignment and is considered rotational with an initial tour length of approximately three years. An employee should not consider this a permanent assignment and should expect to rotate to an NGA main site after his or her tour. The assignment agreement will have a tour end date.

How To Apply

Application submission involves applying using NGA's on-line application process. Application Instructions can be found by visiting



Phone: 703-755-5900

Agency Information:

12310 Sunrise Valley Drive

Reston, VA 20190

After visiting and applying via NGA's on-line application process, applicants can follow their status via that same NGA on-line application functionality. Several other topics relating to what is involved in the hiring process and how long it takes can be found by visiting and choosing Frequently Asked Questions. - 3 years ago - save job - copy to clipboard
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