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.

  • Maplines editor

    — 31st August 2017

  • GIS Support Officer

    — 17th August 2017

    At North Norfolk District Council, we are delivering a significant programme of Digital Transformation which will impact on every aspect of our organisation. It will deliver better value, quality, and efficiency in all of our services across North Norfolk.

    At the heart of that transformation is the development of a user friendly and engaging web based GIS systems.

    To support this we are looking to appoint an additional GIS Officer to join the small team developing and maintaining the Council’s public facing and internal GIS systems and infrastructure.


    The successful applicant will work on the maintenance and development of advanced web based GIS systems and the spatial data they display and will have a passion for this area of work.

    You will be flexible, adaptable and accurate in your work. You will develop your existing skills to manage the internally produced and third party spatial data sets including OS MasterMap and Address Base Premium.

    With an existing understanding and interest in the use of SQL, and associated data management tools, to manage data from a wide variety of sources effectively. You will also be keen to develop your knowledge and skills in this area further.

    North Norfolk District Council is committed to equality and diversity in employment and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We offer employees a friendly working environment, flexible working hours and a career average pension scheme.

    Please note that we do not accept CVs unless accompanied by a fully completed application form. Direct applicants only please.  For further information or an informal discussion please contact Sean Kelly, Head of Business Transformation & IT by email: or phone: 01263 513 811.

    A job description and application form is available at

    Please send all completed application forms to

    (Two year fixed term contract – 37 hours per week). North Norfolk District Council is a family friendly organisation offering various flexible working arrangements such as flexible working hours,  as well as 24 days annual leave (increasing to 29 days on completion of 5 years’ service) plus bank holidays.

  • Design and Cartography Officer

    — 25th July 2017

    About the Role


    As the Council’s Design and Cartography Officer, you will be responsible for creating artwork for the Council’s social media and all illustrative materials within the Communications and Marketing team. The post holder will also be responsible for maintaining map based records and producing all maps, plans and all illustrative materials for our Forward Plans team. Continue reading "Design and Cartography Officer"

  • 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