|NGA hires a variety of work roles to execute our robust mission. Below are just a few of the exciting work roles at NGA!
perform accounting and financial processes and transactions related to
recording and reporting NGA's financial activity. They review financial
and accounting results to ensure quality, accuracy, and compliance with
appropriate legal, regulatory, and procedural requirements to produce
auditable financial statements.
Advanced Visualization Specialists
design, produce, and finish technologically sophisticated animated and
interactive products. They use data extraction, image analysis, 3-D
illustration, and advanced computer software packages to develop and/or
modify precision softcopy and web products.
exploit worldwide aeronautical data and other sources of intelligence
in support of national security goals, concerns, and strategies. They
produce oral, written, and graphic intelligence reports. They
collaborate with partners and co-producers across the community and
ensure that the intelligence information is available in Intelligence
Community databases and products. They also ensure the quality,
accuracy, and currency of aeronautical information produced in-house, by
contractors, and by national and international co-producers.
Contract Specialists (DAWIA)
develop, plan, organize, manage, solicit, negotiate, award, terminate,
administer, and close out acquisitions to meet customer needs. They
interact with the contractor and the customer to meet customer needs.
They may also hold a warrant that would authorize them to obligate the
Government subject to limitations expressed on their warrant. They must
obtain DAWIA-certification in Contracting, as appropriate for the band,
within 24 months of appointment to this work role.
Cost Estimators apply
the principles of operations research and statistics to create cost
estimates and risk analyses of major system acquisitions. They calculate
and forecast the future cost of systems, projects/programs, resources,
methods, and management within a scheduled time frame, and develop and
analyze cost models and life-cycle cost estimates to support independent
studies, key strategic programs, investment decisions, and various
management reviews (e.g., milestone reviews, budget reviews). Cost
Estimators research and develop statistical tools and estimating
methodologies based on historical system acquisition costs, schedules,
and technical and programmatic data. They document, present, and defend
cost estimating products to decision makers and senior leaders.
Counterintelligence (CI) Officers
perform a variety of functions in the counterintelligence area
including CI preliminary inquiries, data research and analysis, CI
training and awareness, briefings, and debriefings. They detect,
analyze, and mitigate foreign intelligence and terrorist threats
affecting NGA personnel, technologies, infrastructure, and/or
capabilities. CI Officers also monitor security incidents, coordinate
damage assessments, advise NGA leadership, and conduct liaison with
Intelligence Community, National, DoD, and local law enforcement
Drug Program Coordinators
perform a wide range of duties associated with the Federal Drug-Free
Workplace Program (Executive Order 12564). They schedule and conduct
in-house urine specimen collections for NGA employees, schedule
applicant and remote site collections, and perform relevant database and
administrative activities in support of the program. Drug Program
Coordinators track all drug testing results, deferrals, and follow-up
testing as required by the Medical Review Officer (MRO).
produce and edit documents for accuracy, completeness, organization,
content and compliance with language, style, publication, format, and
presentation standards. They process and disseminate documents in many
hardcopy, softcopy, and web formats ensuring compatibility with a
variety of computer systems and telecommunications networks. Editors
format documents, verifying portion markings and overall classification
of intelligence products. They also write reports, briefings, articles,
formulate, analyze, present, defend, communicate, and execute NGA’s
financial program. They provide financial analysis, guidance, and advice
Geodetic Surveyors collect
geodetic and geophysical data and reduce them to precise positions and
gravity measurements. They use and maintain a variety of survey
equipment used in data collection. They compute, adjust, and evaluate
data acquired by other organizations. They provide technical expertise
on geodetic and geophysical issues to customers and represent NGA in
external community forums that establish DOD and Intelligence Community
doctrine and policy.
GEOINT Analysts (Analytic Methodologist)
are experts in the application of mathematical techniques for
spatio-temporal analysis to solve complex military and intelligence
problems in support of national security. They use analytic tools and
techniques such as GIS, quantitative methods and data visualization,
modeling, systems analysis, comparative analysis, and database
development. They provide technical input into the development,
evaluation, use, and deployment of solutions and improvements to
optimize GEOINT analysis and production. They also educate management
and analysts in quantitative methods as they apply to GEOINT analysis.
GEOINT Analyst (Geodetic Earth Sciences)
analyze the Earth's gravity and magnetic fields, geophysical structure,
material properties, and dynamics for geospatial intelligence and DoD
applications. They define and maintain the World Geodetic System (WGS),
perform datum transformations between WGS84 and local datums, and
develop spatial and temporal models defining Earth systems. They provide
in-depth technical expertise on Geodetic and geophysical issues to
internal and external customers and represent NGA in external community
forums establishing DoD and IC doctrine and policy.
GEOINT Analyst (Geodetic Orbit Sciences)
apply orbital mechanics and network systems analysis to acquire,
process, and analyze satellite data. They develop, evaluate, and use
algorithms and tools to provide integrity monitoring and determine
precise ephemerides and other information. They analyze satellite
ranging and timing information in order to identify anomalies in both
real-time and post-fit scenarios. These analysts handle technical and
logistical details pertinent to remote command and control of a
worldwide network of satellite tracking stations. They provide in-depth
technical expertise on satellite issues to internal and external
customers, and represent NGA in external community forums establishing
DoD and Intelligence Community doctrine and policy.
GEOINT Analysts (LIDAR Image Science) analyze
point cloud data to derive intelligence and geospatial information.
They conduct feature extraction, characterize partially obscured
objects, and perform change detection to support or extend analysis.
They develop algorithms, evaluate tools, and create customized LIDAR
methodologies to address a variety of geospatial intelligence problems.
GEOINT Analysts (Photogrammetric Image Science)
apply advanced techniques to measure the precise dimensions or relative
size of objects on imagery. This includes monoscopic, stereoscopic,
overhead, handheld, or video imagery. They develop mensuration
strategies, determine requirements, evaluate tools, and create
customized methodologies and products to address a variety of geospatial
GEOINT Analysts (Radar Image Science) apply
advanced techniques to determine the intelligence and geospatial
information contained in radar data. They develop algorithms, evaluate
tools, and create customized radar methodologies and products to address
a variety of geospatial intelligence problems.
GEOINT Analysts (Spectral Image Science)
apply advanced techniques to determine the intelligence and geospatial
information contained in the electro-optical region of the spectrum.
This includes the exploitation of multi- and hyperspectral imagery. They
develop algorithms, evaluate tools, and create customized spectral
methodologies and products to address a variety of geospatial
GEOINT Analysts (Thermal Infrared Image Science)
apply advanced techniques to determine the intelligence and geospatial
information contained in thermal infrared imagery. They conduct
phenomenological studies on objects or events of interest to inform
intelligence conclusions. They develop algorithms, evaluate tools, and
create customized infrared methodologies and products to address a
variety of geospatial intelligence problems.
GEOINT Analysts (Data Stewardship) manage
the development, approval, and population of data within NGA's feature
database, ensuring that it can be used to satisfy customer requirements.
They have read/write access to that database, and make qualitative
decisions about the data. They understand the capabilities and
limitations of the feature database systems. They have a wide range of
product knowledge and understand the capabilities of the various systems
to support the extraction, analysis, and finishing of in-house,
co-production, commodity, and contract data.
oversee and lead areas of work to meet the agency's human capital
strategy. They apply a broad range of expertise to lead projects and
programs, implement change management initiatives, and recommend process
improvements. HR Officers advise management on the development,
implementation, and maintenance of HR strategies and operational
HR Specialists apply
a range of concepts, laws, regulations, policies, and practices to
provide HR services. They serve as points of contact, coordinators, and
advisors; gather and analyze data to examine issues, concerns, or
inquiries; and develop and recommend alternatives or solutions.
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.
Information Assurance Officers
ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication,
and non-repudiation of NGA's information and information systems. They
apply technical expertise from a variety of backgrounds to provide a
multi-layered Defense-in-Depth approach to protection of NGA's critical
infrastructure and production capabilities. They monitor information
systems and networks to strengthen access controls, detect unauthorized
access attempts, and ensure compliance with national, IC, and Agency
Automated Information System security policy and directives.
acquire, analyze, compile, and disseminate maritime safety information
to populate and update nautical databases to support the Digital
Nautical Chart, hardcopy charts, digital publications, and Electronic
Chart Display and Information Systems. They generate mission specific
datasets, promulgate worldwide navigational warnings, and respond to
queries from foreign hydrographic offices and the users of our products
and services. These duties are performed in fulfillment of NGA's marine
navigation obligations under U.S. Code, Title 10, other Federal and
International laws and regulations in support of national security
goals, concerns and strategies.
design, produce, and finish interactive presentation products. They may
use interactive authoring, illustration, image editing, graphic design,
scanning, digital video, and/or animation software to integrate
graphics with text and audio. Activities include mastering CD ROMs/DVDs,
importing and exporting data, archiving, electronic publishing,
enhancing images, and operating scanners.
Open Source Analysts are
open and classified source data mining specialists with expertise in
identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and acquiring sources and data
necessary to further GEOINT analysis. They develop regional and subject
expertise in order to provide information tailored to mission
requirements. They collaborate with other IC agencies and outside
institutions and groups to enhance information access and resource
sharing. They recommend and acquire source materials to enhance Resource
Center collections and provide training to help customers optimize the
use of databases and services.
Program Management Execution Officers (DAWIA) oversee
the cost, schedule, and technical performance of Information Technology
(IT) acquisition activities. Program Management Execution
Officers-DAWIA oversee the cost, schedule, and technical performance of
Information Technology (IT) acquisition activities. They plan programs
in detail, lead program teams and activities, direct the day-to-day
running of programs, and monitor all aspects of IT acquisition. In
addition, Program Management Execution Officers-DAWIA identify and
defend funding requirements, prepare procurement documentation, conduct
technical evaluations, and monitor expenditures. They assess contractor
performance and may perform source selection evaluation duties.
Program Management Execution Officers (non-DAWIA)
oversee the cost, schedule, and technical performance of Information
Technology (IT) acquisition activities. They plan programs in detail,
lead program teams and activities, direct the day-to-day running of
programs, and monitor all aspects of IT acquisition. In addition,
Program Management Execution Officers-DAWIA identify and defend funding
requirements, prepare procurement documentation, conduct technical
evaluations, and monitor expenditures. They assess contractor
performance and may perform source selection evaluation
Project Scientists are
responsible for the day-to-day execution and technical oversight of a
variety of scientific activities. They develop project schedules,
determine resource requirements, provide technical guidance and
oversight, and report results. Project Scientists apply in-depth
expertise from a variety of scientific disciplines (e.g.,
Photogrammetry, Geodesy, GIS, Computer Science, Mathematics, Image
Science) to develop, analyze, evaluate, and apply new technology;
develop expertise and tradecraft for the Agency; and advise senior
management on new and evolving technology. They participate in strategic
planning, propose and defend program plans, and communicate and market
results to customers and decision-makers.
Public Affairs Officers
design, develop, and implement an integrated program of internal and
external information to inform key audiences about NGA programs,
successes, and future vision. They provide advice to senior leaders on
likely public and employee reactions to Agency policies and programs.
They produce a wide range of tailored informational products including
written articles, video news, public displays, Internet sites, and
intranet sites. They also facilitate communication with senior leaders
through specific fora designed to gauge employee and community
Software Engineers analyze
customer requirements, evaluate alternative approaches, and design
solutions tailored to specific Agency/customer requirements. They review
and provide guidance on software developed by vendors; test software
developed internally and by vendors; and quickly respond to crisis
situations to develop and deliver unique solutions to customer problems.
Source Strategies Analysts
collaborate with customers and source providers to develop
comprehensive multi-INT, multi-source strategies to address intelligence
problems. They create tasking and dissemination requirements,
adjudicate requirements, analyze and investigate collection performance,
assess and report on end-to-end GEOINT system performance data, and
advise customers in support of the National System for
enable the delivery of Information Technology capabilities through the
use of interdisciplinary approaches (e.g., Computer Science,
Engineering, Logistics, and Physical Sciences). They may lead and be
responsible for the end-to-end lifecycle systems engineering activities.
Systems Engineers support acquisition life-cycle management by
performing strategic systems migration planning; capturing and
translating mission and customer functional, performance, and support
capabilities into requirements; allocating requirements to systems
architecture components; developing the requests for change; and
testing, validating, and deploying systems. They also perform
configuration management, maintain schedules, are responsible for the
systems engineering processes that support process improvement, and
evaluate technology options and utilization opportunities.
translate NGA products, information, and data into web content for
dissemination on national and coalition networks and the World Wide Web.
They develop software to tie tools/applications together into workable
systems. Web Engineers operate content management systems and support
remote Web Authors. They build and maintain databases and information
stores and transfer this information between multiple security domains.
They analyze and coordinate requirements with customers, and respond to
customer feedback, adjusting interfaces and content. They analyze access
and usage statistics and trends to assist in deciding best allocation
of resources, and to support server and storage capacity planning.