Position Description

Remote Sensor Operator
Work Location Silver Spring, MD
Exemption Status Exempt
Full Time or Part Time Full time
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The National Geodetic Survey’s Remote Sensing Division partners with NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations to collect aerial camera and lidar data which, in turn, will be used to generate cartographic products. These cartographic products have many uses, but the main use will be for updating shoreline features on NOAA’s Nautical Charts.

Position Description
In the field

  • Operate, maintain, and perform preliminary processing and analysis of data products derived from LIDARs, aerial cameras, and other remote sensing systems while flying aboard NOAA-approved aircraft in the field.
  • Complete backups of collected aerial data and send them back to the office.
  • Typical week in the field – Will likely work six (6) days per week and over eight (8) hours a day.

In the office

  • This position will be expected to do post-processing of aerial data which includes GNSS/INS processing, lidar processing, imagery processing and a QA/QC of post-processed data all under guidance from NOAA personnel.

Duty Station 

  • "In the Office" tasks do NOT need to be performed in Silver Spring, MD.  Relocation is not required.

Travel Required

  • 60% or less - Up to 60% of domestic travel may be required with this position.

Required Skills
Must be familiar with operating remotely sensed sensors and use of associated software for planning and post-processing of collected data. Must be able to lift/carry surveying and sensor equipment. Must be comfortable working independently. Personnel will be expected to be in compliance with all NOAA requirements for operating NOAA equipment and flying on NOAA aircraft. 

Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter the applicable government facility.

Knowledge of the following:

  • Leica Flight Pro, Leica MissionPro, Leica Survey Studio
  • Hexagon HxMap, 
  • Novatel Inertial Explorer

BS in Geographic Science, related discipline, or equivalent.

COVID-19 Response
Must be in compliance with Executive Order 14042 which requires Federal Contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

ERT is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer - All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.



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