Cartography is the business of making maps. The terms ‘mapmaking’ and ‘cartography’ essentially mean the same thing: taking geographical information and transforming it into a map. A map is a graphic which shows a simplified picture of some of the features of part or all of the world. Our definition of cartography describes it as the ‘art, science and technology’ of mapmaking — a useful definition since it shows that cartography covers many disciplines and involves people with a range of skills. Making maps is an exciting and creative profession.

There are various courses available that include a module or element of Cartography and we have compiled a guide to becoming a cartographer here.

Jobs that are advertised for Cartographers will appear on these pages.

  • Mapping and monitoring team members

    — 12th July 2017

    Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) is looking to expand its Environmental Governance Programme and is currently seeking candidates to fulfill multiple roles within its Mapping and Monitoring Team.  Successful applicants will develop FPPs mapping and information management strategies with both our technical partners with whom we are developing bespoke software and community organisations. Specifically, we are looking for candidates to help implement and further develop mapping and documentation initiatives supporting forest communities particularly in West and Central Africa to gather, manage and publish data where appropriate on their forests and customary lands. Continue reading "Mapping and monitoring team members"

  • GIS or mapping assistant (volunteer or work experience)

    — 1st July 2017

    The Redington Frognal Neighbourhood Forum was designated on 5 September 2014:

    Neighbourhood plan policies are largely focused on biodiversity, heritage and design.  The important role played by private gardens in the area's biodiversity forms key part of the neighbourhood plan evidence base.

    Feedback on the first draft of the neighbourhood plan policies has been received from Camden.  Camden notes that private gardens and Local Green Space will need to be mapped in a way that enables its officers to identify individual gardens and proposed Local Green Spaces.  The Plan area is composed of seven sub areas, each with its own characteristics.

    We should welcome assistance in mapping from a retiree or from students who are seeking work experience over the summer holidays.  Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

    Timescale: to start as soon as possible, but the work could be completed by the end of August if earlier completion is not practical.

    Contact: Nacy Mayo, Secretary



  • Senior Interactive Content Lead – ONS

    — 18th May 2017

    Job description

    ONS is committed to improving its product portfolio with a ‘digital first’ mantra. We are looking for people to join our award-winning team to lead the production of high quality data visualisation products. Our aim is to connect ONS data with its users in innovative, creative and effective ways.

    The work of our team is used on various ONS channels including & social media. It is also regularly used by the wider media in their story-telling, often reaching a wide and varied audience. The post-holder will work within an interdisciplinary team, including designers, data journalists, together with teams across ONS to generate ideas and translate these into engaging pieces of content. Think newsroom developer – if you have an interest in using visualisation (sometimes interactive) to enhance data storytelling then this could be the job for you.

    For more information and how to apply click here.
  • Lead Cartographic Editor, Collins Learning

    — 5th April 2017

    Collins Learning, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, produces a wide range of titles in both digital and print format across geographical, language and education markets. Flagship titles include The Times Comprehensive Atlas of World, Collins Greater London Street Atlas, The Collins English Dictionary and Collins Big Cat reading scheme.

    We are currently looking for a Lead Cartographic Editor to join our Geo Team based in Glasgow. This team is responsible for all the cartography we produce, as well as the digital cartographic data products we license under the Collins Bartholomew brand. Continue reading "Lead Cartographic Editor, Collins Learning"