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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 541I
Category: Science & Engineering


Plans, organizes, directs and controls a cartography or geography program and unit providing information, maps and services. Supervises three or more professional staff.

Typical Work

Administers the production of maps and/or digital data;

Supervises, schedules and reviews the work of personnel engaged in the preparation of maps and digital data;

Recommends, develops and implements policies regarding cartographic activities; establishes cost effective goals, objectives and action plans; develops and manages the section/unit budget;

Represents the agency concerning cartographic activities at various state coordinating committees and participates in related conferences; recommends, develops and implements policies and procedures for application of computer aided mapping, geographic information collection and digital data base management;

Develops production schedules and workload projections;

Reviews and approves map designs, specifications and production techniques;

Responsible for identifying current and future geographic information system support needs and or tools, implementing the needed support/tools and evaluating their effectiveness;

Performs project cost analysis and writes status reports;

Develops map designs, production techniques and production schedules;

Interviews and hires new Cartographers;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles of cartography, map projections, national map standards and/or special map standards as established by the Federal Highway Administration; reproduction methods; reference and source materials; supervision.

Ability to: supervise, train and evaluate staff; program workload; estimate costs; develop policy on methods and procedures.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in geography, cartography, photogrammetry or closely related field


Four years of professional cartography experience of which two years must be equivalent to or higher than Cartographer 2.

A Master's degree with major study in cartography may be substituted for two years of experience.

Technical or additional professional cartography experience may be substituted, year for year, for education.

Class Specification History

Revised April 23, 1973  Revises definition and minimum qualifications
Revised February 9, 1979  General revision, revises definition and minimum qualifications
Revised June 11, 1982  Revises definition
Revised February 9, 1990  Revises definition, minimum qualifications, title change (formerly Cartographer 5)
New class code:  (formerly  65610)  effective July 1, 2007
Revised typical work, adopted 06/13/2016, effective 07/01/2019.