Security Clearance Jobs

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Job Application Process is Arduous

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is one of the lesser known or talked about Intelligence Community agencies whose job requirements, much like the CIA, require eligibility for Top Secret/SCI access. What do they do? They provide the U.S. Government analysis of imagery and geospatial information that describes, assesses and visually depicts physical features and geographically referenced activities on earth. What kind of jobs do they recruit for their 14,500 strong  government and contractor workforce? Intelligence and imagery analysts, linguist, IT specialists, law enforcement, security, legal staff, engineers, and mathematicians are just a few. Their two main job location sites are in Springfield, Va. and St. Louis.

All NGA jobs require urinalysis testing and a favorable counterintelligence scope polygraph. Some positions also require vision and medical screening. Their job application process website is pretty straightforward, spelling out what to expect during the process, and highlighting that it can be long and arduous depending on the applicant.

Although not stated in writing, I can make a reasonable guess that the NGA most probably uses CIA investigators to conduct the background investigations on applicants and once completed, an NGA adjudicator reviews and makes the determination whether to grant or deny the clearance. I can also surmise that quite a few of their jobs are advertised in-house because of the classified nature of the work which cannot be announced to the public. However, you may find some contractor positions that support the NGA on our main site.