Senior Technical Cartographer - Bozeman

$120,000 - $140,000 yearly
  • onXmaps, Inc.
  • Bozeman, MT, USA
  • May 12, 2023
Full time Computer Science Software Tech

Job Description


As a pioneer in digital outdoor navigation with a suite of apps, onX was founded in Montana, which in turn has inspired our mission to awaken the adventurer inside everyone. With more than 300 employees located around the country working in largely remote / hybrid roles, we have created regional “Basecamps” to help remote employees find connection and inspiration with other onXers. We bring our outdoor passion to work every day, coupling it with industry-leading technology to craft dynamic outdoor experiences.

Through multiple years of growth, we haven’t lost our entrepreneurial ethos at onX. We offer a fast-paced, growing, tech-forward environment where ownership, accountability, and passion for winning as a team are essential. We value diversity and believe it leads to different perspectives and inspires both new adventures and new growth. As a team, we’re hungry to improve, value innovation, and believe great ideas come from any direction.


onX is seeking an experienced Senior Technical Cartographer to join our team of cartographers and engineers in designing and implementing a cohesive brand of cartography across multiple outdoor recreation apps. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing high-quality interactive maps and visualizations, using Mapbox styling and vector tile technology. The ideal candidate should have experience in full stack cartography, with a strong emphasis on basemap design, and be able to balance aesthetics with performance optimization. The candidate should also be able to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams to deliver complex mapping projects. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a dynamic growing company focused on providing the richest and most innovative mapping experience and guidebook content to inform your every adventure.

This position will report to the Senior Manager of Technical Cartography.

As a Senior Technical Cartographer your day to day responsibilities would look like: 

  • Help lead our design direction as we create an onX brand of cartography and uphold those standards for all cartographic products and services the team produces
  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to gather requirements and ensure deliverables meet project goals and deadlines
  • Design and develop high-quality interactive maps and visualizations with a strong emphasis on basemap design and performance optimization
  • Create and modify incoming data to achieve desired cartographic results
  • Develop custom scripts and tools to automate mapping processes
  • Help identify areas for development in the existing cartographic design system
  • Troubleshoot and debug mapping applications to ensure optimal performance and usability
  • Develop and maintain documentation for mapping projects and workflows
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest mapping technologies and trends.
  • Embody our company values


Montana or remote from select locations. onX’s corporate offices are located in Missoula and Bozeman, Montana. This position can be performed near a corporate office or remotely from one of onX’s “Basecamps,” which are emerging locations where fully remote onXers cluster for work and adventure. onX’s current Basecamps are located within a 120-mile radius of the following cities: Austin, TX; Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; and Seattle, WA. 

Additionally, being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment. We do not sponsor work visas (of any kind ) for this position at this time.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Geography, Cartography, Geospatial, Computer Science, or related field
  • 7+ years of experience in Cartographic Design
  • Experience in full stack cartography, with a strong emphasis on basemap design and performance optimization, including experience with Mapbox styling and vector tile technology
  • 2+ years experience utilizing programming languages such as Python and SQL to automate workflows
  • Proficient with open-source geospatial tools such as QGIS and GDAL
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working in an Agile development environment
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • You believe that your profession is a craft and you’re driven to improve every day
  • You are an advocate for the customer and their experience
  • You want to work with other happy, talented engineers and cartographers
  • You take ownership in your work
  • In addition to your application, please submit a portfolio or case studies highlighting your work. Applications must have a portfolio to be considered.


Though not required, we would be thrilled to consider candidates with any of the following:

  • Experience with geospatial databases such as PostGIS
  • Familiarity with MapBox tools and libraries
  • Experience with working with a distributed team 
  • Experience in a high growth technology company


onX is committed to compensating all employees fairly and equitably for their contributions. Applicants can expect to make between $120,000 to $140,000 upon hire. The pay range will vary based on experience, skills, certifications, and education among other factors as required in the job description. In addition, full-time onX employees are eligible for a grant of common share options with a vesting schedule and a potential annual bonus of 10% based on company performance.


  • Competitive salaries, annual bonuses, equity, and opportunities for growth
  • Comprehensive health benefits including a no-monthly-cost medical plan 
  • Parental leave plan of 5 or 13 weeks fully paid
  • 401k matching at 100% for the first 3% you save and 50% from 3-5%
  • Company-wide outdoor adventures and amazing outdoor industry perks
  • Annual “Get Out, Get Active” funds to fuel your active lifestyle in and outside of the gym
  • Flexible time away package that includes PTO, STO, VTO, quiet weeks, and floating holidays


The following physical requirements represent those that are required to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sitting - [90%]
  • Standing - [0%]
  • Walking - [10%]
  • Bending - [Occasionally]
  • Kneeling - [Some]
  • Lifting - [Up to 25 pounds]
  • Reaching - [Regularly]
  • Telephone Use - [Yes]
  • Computer Use/Manual Dexterity - Yes
  • Travel - Depends on location, otherwise not anticipated; remote employees typically travel to Montana twice per year


Our principles guide the decisions making of our company.  They define the culture at onX, what we have learned through experience and are the code by which we operate. They are fundamental, enduring and actionable–a benchmark by which we measure the team behavior and performance.

We put the customer first.

We are passionate.

We win as a team.

We take ownership

We work with urgency.

We are curious and seek the truth.

We innovate & take risks.