Salmon Watersheds Program

Private: We’re hiring a GIS Specialist!

March 18, 2019

The Pacific Salmon Foundation ( seeks a full-time GIS Specialist to join the Salmon Watersheds Program ( for a 13-month maternity leave contract. Please see details below for HOW TO APPLY. 


For the past ten years, the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salmon Watersheds Program has worked collaboratively with First Nations, provincial, and federal governments to undertake standardized assessments of the status of salmon populations and their habitats in north and central British Columbia (BC). A key part of our work is to make the data we assemble (public and expert-elicited), and the assessments we undertake, broadly accessible to the public. To support the communication of, and open access to, salmon-related data, the Salmon Watersheds Program has developed an online data visualization tool called the Pacific Salmon Explorer ( The Pacific Salmon Explorer allows the public to explore information on the status of salmon populations and pressures on their habitats, as well as access source datasets used in the underlying analyses via links to the Salmon Watershed Program’s Data Library (

The Salmon Watersheds Program is expanding our work to salmon-bearing watersheds in southern BC. We are currently partnering with local First Nations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Province of BC, and regional salmon experts to undertake new salmon habitat and population assessments and integrate this information into the Pacific Salmon Explorer. We are seeking a GIS Specialist to support the delivery of our projects and, ultimately, help support salmon conservation. Come join our team!


The GIS Specialist will join an ambitious and tight-knit team that works closely on the delivery of the Salmon Watersheds Program. The GIS Specialist will have a largely technical role whose primary responsibilities will focus on the ongoing spatial analysis and data management that underlies the Pacific Salmon Explorer. The GIS Specialist will also have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of program delivery, including project planning, working with First Nations communities and project partners, developing map-based communication products, and outreach. The ideal candidate will have strong GIS, data management, and programming skills, with particular proficiency in the design and management of relational databases—plus a good working knowledge of salmon ecology and BC natural resource management issues.

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This is a full-time 13-month maternity leave contract beginning no later than June 3rd, 2019. The position is based in Vancouver, although occasional travel to communities throughout BC may be required. (All travel costs are covered by the employer.)

The successful applicant will be eligible for enrollment in the PSF Benefit Plan, including extended health and dental, and a Registered Retirement Savings Plan matched, in part, by the employer. Additional benefits include three weeks of annual vacation leave, professional development opportunities, and working with a dynamic and engaging organization that is passionate about salmon conservation.


Interested applicants are invited to submit (1) a résumé and (2) a cover letter to salmonwatersheds[at] Please include “GIS Specialist Application” in the subject line of your application. Please submit your completed application as a single PDF file and use the following naming format: lastname_firstname_GIS.pdf.

The deadline for receiving applications is April 7, 2019.

Short-listed candidates may be asked to complete an at-home skills exercise (more details will be provided following the application closing date).

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All applicants must be eligible to legally work throughout Canada at the time of applying. This posting may remain open until a qualified candidate is hired.