Continental Mapping
  • Springfield, VA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, dental, vision, disability, flex spending accounts, 401k, paid holidays, PTO and more

The Database Engineer will work within a government/contractor team providing technical expertise in the analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance of high-volume geospatial databases within the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD).  The Database Engineer position requires critical thinking and problem-solving abilities to address complex issues involving backup/recovery, information life cycle management, and disaster recovery for geospatial databases designed to support very large user communities.  Individuals must be able to support large enterprise initiatives and help resolve architectural issues in the environment and database infrastructure, as well as develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of the database architecture and the application functionality.

The Database Engineer will work at NGA facilities in Springfield, VA or St. Louis, MO, with occasional travel to ESRI facilities in Vienna, VA or St. Charles, MO. 

This position is contingent upon client approval, and successful cross-over of existing TS/SCI clearance.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications: To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Installs, maintains, and refreshes databases for development and test environments
  • Performs enterprise geodatabase upgrade and migration, as necessary
  • Analyzes performance issues, and provides recommendations based on testing results
  • Maintains database configurations in compliance with release management and change management
  • Creates, configures, and manages ESRI enterprise geodatabases
  • Performs geospatial data processing/ETL, and publishing of data into enterprise geodatabases
  • Implements GIS data security, access, distribution, and retention
  • Replicates, synchronizes, and restores enterprise geodatabases
  • Troubleshoots and supports end-user versioning, multi-user editing, and distributed data workflows within enterprise geodatabases
  • Implements geodatabase design standards, including advanced geodatabase functionality
  • Performs geodatabase administration, configuration, testing, tuning, and performance monitoring
  • Consults in the design, architecture, and implementation of backup and recovery, high availability, and disaster recovery strategies, and the implications of each with respect to enterprise geodatabases



  • Analysis of Data: demonstrates ability to analyze and challenge details, data and facts to allow for accurate decision making
  • Analytical Thinking: ability to tackle a problem by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach
  • Attention to Detail: ability to recognize the component parts of a procedure or object and to verify the correctness or error in an individual part or procedure
  • Data Management: experience of checking all available data to get a more complete picture; using the data to propose effective solutions and identifying potential risks
  • Initiative: identifying what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it
  • Interpersonal Skills: treats others with courtesy, sensitivity and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feels of different people in different situations
  • Methodical Approach: breaking complex tasks into manageable segments; ability to identify possible problems or stumbling blocks
  • Results Oriented: ability to identify actions necessary to achieve task completion and to obtain results; ability to meet schedules, deadlines, goals
  • Self Direction: the internal drive to excel in a chosen career path; a desire to be "better" than you currently are, not matter how good you have already become
  • Technical Credibility: understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise
  • Time Management: establishes courses of action for self with the understanding of how this relates to the project and others to ensure work is completed efficiently


Job Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


  • 5+ years of experience with geospatial database production support within medium/large environments
  • 5+ years of experience with database architecture within virtual environments
  • Strong knowledge of Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) internals (Oracle, SQL Server, PostGreSQL)
  • Strong database administration and SQL skills
  • Unix, Linux, and/or Windows operating system knowledge
  • Proficient with automation of maintenance tasks using RDBMS SQL procedural languages (e.g. PL/SQL, TSQL, PL/pgSQL), and scripting tools such as shell script, Perl, or Python
  • Superior troubleshooting skills, battle-tested in high volume production environments
  • Hand-on experience with RDBMS installations and configuration



  • ESRI Enterprise Geodata Management Associate or other related technical certification
  • RDBMS certification
  • Experience with daily administration activities such as storage layout, database replication, backup/restore, database patching, maintenance, upgrade, and access control
  • Extensive knowledge of high-availability databases
  • Maintenance and support for VLDB databases
  • Virtualization of high-performance database environments
  • Operations support, as well as cloud operation experience
  • CompTIA Security+ Certification
  • Experience with NGA databases, systems, imagery, and digital mapping data, products, and services


Experience and Education:


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in technology-related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in technology-related field


  • Master's degree in a relevant field


License and/or Certifications:

  • Active Top Secret Security Clearance with SCI Eligibility (TS/SCI)


Supervision Exercised:

  • Does not directly supervise employees; may be on team(s) providing guidance & instruction to others

                                                                  Equal Opportunity Employer

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