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Job #: R-00079167
Location: Reston, VA
Category: Software Development
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Clearance: Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5,000
Group: Intelligence

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Job Description:

Job Description

The Mission Support Operation is currently soliciting experienced web-based collection specialists (also known as a Webscraper or Web Collection Specialist) with special knowledge and experience in finding and extracting various data types. Successful candidates will be part of an Open Source Exploitation Technology Team supporting an Intelligence Community customer in the National Capital Region (NCR). Web Collection Specialists will use technical tools to identify and collect data and content from publicly accessible websites, format the data, and deposit the data into curated repositories.  Work location is customer site in Reston, VA.

All applicants MUST possess TS/SCI clearance with polygraph.


  • The web data collection specialists collect data from publically available sources using manual and automated methods, including authoring and maintaining scripts.

  • Workflows, scripts, and methods are designed to research, assess, and collect data having geographic attributes or keys in support of intelligence mission requirements.

  • The successful candidate will perform a variety of data collection and discovery tasks, including crawling selected web sources to determine content, structure, and metadata, formatting data to be compatible with necessary systems and performing API pulls. 

  • The successful candidate will be able to work both independently with minimal supervision, as well as within a team environment. 

  • The candidate will interact with customers to understand and document geospatial data production processes. 

  • The successful candidate will be responsible for crafting the scripts for collection via available programing languages (Python, JavaScript etc.) to retrieve and format data, testing, troubleshooting, and debugging of programs related to webscraping with minimal supervision to satisfy specific web collection requests.

  • Use of industry proven techniques and open source tools are encouraged, along with a dedication to staying educated on current technology trends and safe/secure web practices. 


  • Requires a BS/BA degree and 8 – 12 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 6 – 10 years of prior relevant experience. Additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

  • Knowledge of webscraping, current web technologies and concepts including: HTML5, Python’s requests and URLLIB modules, JSON, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, REST, XML, HTTP Methods

  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: Active TS/SCI with a polygraph

  • Experience developing  and deploying custom scripts within existing government or commercial owned/managed resources to provide open source collection

  • Understand how to code scripts or software routines to perform and control reliable web collection to include use of Python to design, implement, and maintain efficient and reusable code

  • Proficient in parsing HTML and JSON data

  • Ability to identify discoverable metadata tagged content

  • Ability to work independently and as a contributor to a team

  • Self-starter with curious mindset and desire to solve problems and learn new skills

  • Strong organizational skills, time-management skills, attention to detail, and strong initiative

  • Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with team members, customer representatives, external customers, and functional peer groups


  • Knowledge of ArcGIS, ArcMap and related ESRI GIS products

  • Advanced Knowledge of the Kapow Web Scraping tool

  • Training, coursework, or experience in digital curation, metadata, digital libraries, electronic records management, big data analytics for the Web and text, ontologies, data semantics, information visualization, digital publishing standards and systems, and data management for big data

  • Experience working with various types of digital map, imagery, GPS, and other location-coded data sets in raster, vector, and related formats

  • Experience with: Python, SQL & Database, Web Security Concepts

Pay Range:

Pay Range - -

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 47,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.   For more information, visit

Pay and Benefits

Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.

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Beware of fake employment opportunities using Leidos’ name. Leidos will never ask you to provide payment-related information during any part of the employment application process (i.e., ask you for money), nor will Leidos ever advance money as part of the hiring process (i.e., send you a check or money order before doing any work). Further, Leidos will only communicate with you through emails that are generated by the automated system – never from free commercial services (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail) or via WhatsApp, Telegram, etc. If you received an email purporting to be from Leidos that asks for payment-related information or any other personal information (e.g., about you or your previous employer), and you are concerned about its legitimacy, please make us aware immediately by emailing us at [email protected].

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Commitment to Diversity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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