We’re hiring a GIS Specialist!
March 18, 2019
The Pacific Salmon Foundation (www.psf.ca) seeks a full-time GIS Specialist to join the Salmon Watersheds Program (www.salmonwatersheds.ca) for a 13-month maternity leave contract. Please see details below for HOW TO APPLY.
ABOUT THE SALMON WATERSHEDS PROGRAM
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 (www.salmonexplorer.ca). 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 (data.salmonwatersheds.ca).
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!
ABOUT THE GIS SPECIALIST
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.
- Conduct spatial analyses related to the assessment of freshwater salmon habitats.
- Generate visualization products including small and large-format maps, interactive online web tools, and other map-based products for program communications.
- Manage salmon-related datasets in the PostgreSQL database that underlies the Pacific Salmon Explorer and the Salmon Data Library.
- Work with an external contractor to ensure that population and habitat assessment datasets are properly formatted and integrated into the Pacific Salmon Explorer.
- Administer and maintain the PostgreSQL database that underlies the Pacific Salmon Explorer and the Salmon Data Library.
- Administer and maintain the Salmon Watershed Program’s database server and GIS server.
- Maintain and update the code-base for the Salmon Data Library.
- Review, clean, and quality control data.
- Create and maintain technical documentation, methods documentation, and metadata.
- Assist Salmon Watersheds Program staff with workshop preparation and analytical support.
- Liaise with data custodians and stakeholders.
- Work with technical groups and committees to refine analytical methods.
Required Education and Work Experience:
- An undergraduate degree in ecology, fisheries, environmental science, biology, geography, natural resource management, or a related field.
- Graduate degree or postgraduate diploma in GIS, Geography, or a related field.
- A minimum of five years of professional GIS experience.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Ability to apply GIS expertise to salmon-related projects and other ecological domains.
- Proficiency working with ESRI ArcGIS 10.x, ArcGIS Pro, and QGIS desktop.
- Proficiency designing and managing relational databases (e.g. PostgreSQL/PostGIS or another relational database platform).
- Excellent data management and data manipulation skills (e.g. SQL, R).
- Competency writing code to automate GIS analyses (e.g. Python).
- Competency managing data and developing applications with ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server 10.x, ESRI Web APIs, and/or open source web GIS platforms (e.g. OpenLayers, GeoServer, or equivalent).
- Experience developing visualization products for a variety of uses (reports, presentations, public outreach).
- Proven knowledge of geo-processing and cartographic principles.
- Proficiency working with the BC Freshwater Atlas.
- Experience writing/editing ISO 19115 Geographic Information Metadata and ISO 19139 XML Schema Implementation or equivalent.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and comfortable working with diverse stakeholder groups on contentious resource management issues.
- Ability to work on multiple projects, set priorities, and meet rigid deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability in technical report writing and strong presentation skills.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Knowledge and experience with regional, provincial, and national spatial datasets and information repositories.
- Experience programming web applications using the .NET framework.
- Experience administering ArcGIS Server.
- Experience managing Amazon Web Services EC2 instances or equivalent.
- Experience with Windows-based server administration.
- Experience working in a not-for-profit environment.
- Experience working with BC First Nations.
- Experience using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
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.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants are invited to submit (1) a résumé and (2) a cover letter to salmonwatersheds[at]psf.ca. 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.