Imagery Analyst

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    McLean, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 06

Position description

Imagery Analysts maintain and build tasking strategies, and analyze and interpret imagery to support U.S. military and policymaker interests. They analyze the activities and interests of countries, regions, and non-state entities, as well as the impact of natural and man-made disasters. In addition, these analysts conduct multi-INT research, populate and exploit intelligence databases, and produce and disseminate intelligence products.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The NGA Analysis Directorate seeks experienced, motivated, proactive full motion video (FMV) analysts. Analysts work closely with mission partners to ensure effective GEOINT exploitation of FMV data for 24/7 operations. The nature of the mission requires analysts with strong writing, typing, critical thinking, interpersonal communications, and multitasking skills. Analysts will be on a rotational shift work schedule covering 24 hours by 7-day mission requirements. The NGA Analysis Directorate provides geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) products and services to mission partners to ensure effective round-the-clock GEOINT expertise and customized, professional products based on the exploitation of full-motion video data. The mission provides great opportunities for analysts to work with cutting-edge persistent surveillance technologies, broaden their network with other IC analysts, and advance their GEOINT analysis tradecraft skills. Term employment terminates automatically upon the expiration date unless granted for an extension. However, although not guaranteed, NGA MAY noncompetitively make a term appointment permanent in cases where the employee was initially selected for an announcement that stated such eligibility and the employee has completed at least two years of continuous service with at least a successful performance evaluation. In such cases, the employee converts to a permanent position in the same or lower pay band and work role. All applicants for the TERM must be able to successfully obtain additional accesses for specialized work for the term appointment This position is a Term Appointment for two years. The appointment may be extended after the initial period up to a total of five years. Term employees are eligible to be promoted or reassigned only into another term position. The total combined service under the term appointment must not exceed the maximum five-year time limitation.



Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Security Investigation

As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. 

- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
- Polygraph Test Required
- Position Subject to Drug Testing
- Two Year Probationary Period
- Direct Deposit Required

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 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. Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

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. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices. 

This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.


MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement: 1) Experience as an FMV analyst working in a 24/7 operations environment and attended a certified imagery or geospatial analyst training course; 2) Demonstrated experience applying new technology, multiple intelligence sources, and innovative techniques to solving specific intelligence problems; 3) Demonstrated experience collaborating with Department of Defense (DOD) or Intelligence Community (IC) organization; 4) Demonstrated experience communicating verbally, or in writing, or through demonstration of GEOINT techniques, methodologies, concepts, or processes, to mission partners and senior leadership. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Foreign Area Studies, Geography, History, Imagery Science, International Affairs, Military Science, Physical Science, Political Science, Remote Sensing, or a related discipline. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of college coursework in any area listed in option A plus experience working as an Imagery Analyst, OR in a closely-related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the tasks 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. -OR- C. Experience: Six years of significant applied experience in Imagery Analysis or all-source intelligence experience, or six years in combat arms or in combat support for military personnel. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Distinguish principal colors and shades/hues of principal colors; Near visual acuity of 20/20 or better with or without corrective lenses; Stereopsis ability; Far visual acuity of 20/60 or better binocular with or without corrective lenses.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: 1) One to three years of experience as an FMV analyst; 2) Identifying, developing, prioritizing, and satisfying tasks within schedule or timeline, in an environment where requirements frequently change; 3) Analyzing, interpreting, and applying NGA or NSG policies and procedures to a broad range of situations; 4) Work assignments with different organizations and/or at different locations; 5) Completed bachelor degree in a field related to imagery or geospatial analysis.

Application instructions

Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on

follow us on Twitter