Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Z0005 / Cartographer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under indirect supervision, coordinates the creation and maintains quality control of cartographic and other illustrations for various technical reports. Performs spatial analyses of archeological data and creates spatial analytical graphics for analysts using geographic information systems and other digital methods.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Creates maps, graphs, and other illustrations and maintains their quality control for various project and technical reports.
  2. Creates, records, and/or digitally extracts geospatial or statistical data from a variety of sources, and performs spatial analysis on the data.
  3. Consults and advises project directors regarding data display and spatial data analysis; also consults and advises regarding cartographic production time/cost estimates and the quality control of report graphics.
  4. Edits, revises, updates, and/or corrects independently reviewed data, agency/client reviewed maps, data, or illustrations; further refines analytical graphics for analysts.
  5. Coordinates printing production of technical reports with editor and printer.
  6. Consults and advises project directors and crew chiefs regarding archeological field mapping strategies and techniques.
  7. Researches, installs, and troubleshoots new automated cartographic hardware and software; researches and develops new cartographic techniques and methods, as appropriate.
  8. Trains and oversees the work of illustrators and/or drafters in cartographic production, according to work requirements.
  9. Maintains and updates a map library for the assigned operating unit.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of sources and various methods of manual and digital extraction of geospatial data.
  • Ability to provide technical advice and guidance to staff in area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of spatial and statistical analytical methods and tools.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to utilize basic graphical representation techniques to clearly visualize data.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff.
  • Ability to track multiple projects and estimate production times and costs.
  • Knowledge of archeological research principles.
  • Ability to create, update, and modify detailed geographic maps.
  • Knowledge of basic cartographic methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of archaeological field methods and procedures relating to site mapping strategies and methods.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of computerized cartography-related hardware and software.
  • Ability to develop new cartographic methods and techniques to meet specific needs.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Repetitive motion using digitizer/mouse.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017