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February 28, 2022

Do you dream of mapping the Solar System to support NASA missions? Have you worked with planetary shape models, photogrammetry, or geodesy? We’re looking for GS-12/13 Geodesists to join our team; learn about becoming a member of our team below.

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona is a national resource for the integration of planetary geoscience, cartography, and remote sensing. We enable the ongoing successful investigation of the Solar System for humankind and are looking for up to two GS-12/13 Geodesists to join our team.

If you like being part of a workplace that values teamwork, then this is the place for you to pursue your professional goals. We work in coordination with NASA and other agencies to support missions to planetary objects across the Solar System. So, If you are looking for a rewarding position in the federal workforce and have expertise in photogrammetry and software development, or equivalent skills, this is your opportunity.

Astrogeology Science Center Building 6 (Shoemaker)
Astrogeology Science Center

About the position

Job duties include developing software, algorithms, and/or guidelines for mapping planetary data; developing planetary sensor models that define the transformation between image space and object space; producing improved geospatial knowledge of extraterrestrial bodies and planetary datasets (e.g., spacecraft ephemerides, digital elevation models, orthorectified images and mosaics, metadata, and control networks); and providing guidance to technical staff working on photogrammetric and geodetic production tasks.



Applicants must have a bachelor’s or higher degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics, expertise in the concepts, theories, and principles of photogrammetry, cartography, geodesy, and/or computer vision, and experience developing and modifying software to apply these principles to highly varied datasets. Applicants must be US citizens, and a background check is required.

More information about education and experience requirements for this position can be found at the links below.


When you can apply:

Apply starting March 7 – 21 at USA Jobs. The announcement numbers are USGS-SAC-22-11289270-DE-LL (DEU) and USGS-SAC-22-11299966-ST-LL (Merit Promotion), or you may access the job announcement through the following links: 

DEU - 

Merit Promotion -


Tips on applying for the job:

  • Submit all transcripts needed to confirm that you have completed required coursework for the basic education requirement, including all non-official transcripts.
  • Provide all your completed coursework even If you have completed your degree requirements but your transcripts have not yet been updated: you can submit a letter from the school indicating you have completed the degree requirements along with a copy of your most recent unofficial transcripts showing all of your completed coursework.
  • Make sure your resume shows a month and year, along with relevant work experience for each period of employment.  If you intend to submit a  resume or a curriculum vitae (CV), it should contain enough details regarding your work experience to determine whether you have the specialized experience needed for the photogrammetrist position.
  • Submit all required documentation in legible form before the announcement closes.
  • Access the HELP section of the USAjobs site for more detail regarding the federal hiring process at

More questions?

Reach out to Dr. Michael Bland, Research Space Scientist, and/or Dr. Brent Archinal, Research Geodesist,

Are you ready to join our team? We look forward to meeting you soon!



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