Senior Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist
The Musqueam people have lived in our present location for thousands of years. Our traditional territory once occupied much of what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. The name Musqueam relates back to the River Grass, the name of the grass is məθkʷəy̓. There is a story that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) – People of the River Grass.
Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, our community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs. Today our population flourishes and we are a strong community of over thousand members. To learn more about Musqueam, please visit www.musqueam.bc.ca
Musqueam Indian Band is seeking a Senior Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist. The GIS Specialist provides technical, management, and personnel skills to participate in the organization, production of GIS services, and provide technical support for the Musqueam Indian Band (MIB) Administration. This includes working with various departments within the administrative structure to coordinate and support research, manage and implement GIS IT infrastructure, and develop digital cartographic resources. The GIS Specialist, Senior will be responsible for the coordination of staff and ongoing activities within the GIS Section and will work with Title and Rights, external contractors, and GIS staff to document, and create attribute data to be utilized in GIS applications, while working collaboratively with staff on all MIB mapping projects.
- Reporting to the Director of Title and Rights, the GIS Specialist, Senior will participate in the management, design, and research for digital information management infrastructure and cartographic projects for stewardship agreements, rights and title negotiation, planning, traditional use mapping, and infrastructure mapping for MIB.
- Manage projects, finances, and the day-to-day activities of the GIS Section.
- Prepare IT acquisition budgets and apply for funding opportunities that relates directly to GIS Section functions.
- Manage, update, and customize Rights and Title IT infrastructure (e.g.: Stewardship Portal, Mukurtu Instances, and Musqueam Place Names Map). This includes software and server-system level management.
- Coordinate with external IT contractors, engineering contractors, municipal, provincial, and federal governments regarding MIB infrastructure and spatial data matters.
- Develop GIS applications, GIS IT infrastructure, and software acquisition for Rights and Title and other MIB departments.
- Provide support for MIB IT regarding server development, operations, and ad-hoc technical requests.
- Create cartographic products using GIS software while maintaining a high level of map consistency and attention to detail.
- Using best practices, and GIS standards, to refine, manage, and continuously develop the central GIS data repository.
- Perform spatial analysis (e.g. 3d modelling, data aggregation, statistical analysis).
- Coordinate and respond to MIB administration wide requests for digital and paper mapping products and provide end-user support on spatial and technical matters.
- Coordinate the tasks of the GIS Technician, including ad-hoc map requests and geographic data editing, and capture.
- Research, acquire, and interpret historical maps and aerial photos to support TLR and other MIB related functions.
- Coordinate job tasks of the Geographic Historical Researcher, including research direction, data entry, and provide infrastructure to store and access research products.
- Remain current on job specific knowledge by attending training courses and professional organizational meetings and reading job-related professional journals/publications.
- Maintain equipment used in creating and revising of data and maps such as a large format scanner/plotter, GPS handheld, and other GIS related equipment. Provides support as required to:
- IT support functions
- Negotiating, purchase, and disposal of office equipment, supplies and service contracts
- Project management for special projects (i.e. dividend and distribution, RFP processes)
Qualifications & Education:
- Bachelor’s degree in Geography or Natural Resource Sciences, or a degree in another field with a Technical College Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. A Master’s degree is an asset.
- 2 – 4 years’ experience; preference given to candidates with senior level GIS experience in management, application development, and delivery of training sessions.
- Experience in GIS programming, modeling, and relational database is required.
- Experience managing and deploying IT / web infrastructure.
- Experience and proficiency with GIS, GPS, and database software and concepts.
- Experience managing Linux (LAMP) systems and using a Windows server environment.
- Preference given to candidates with experience in Open Source technologies, image processing, GPS field inventory, database creation and maintenance, cartographic design, graphic design, and production.
- Extensive knowledge of a variety of vendor specific GIS software programs, particularly open source applications (e.g. QGIS, PostGIS, MapGuide, TileMill, Mapnik) and ESRI
software (ArcGIS Basic, Spatial Analyst).
- Experience working with the following databases: PostgreSQL/PostGIS and MySQL.
- Experience managing and developing in Linux (LAMP) and Windows Server IT environments.
- Experience working with a variety of spatial data formats, projection systems and metadata, and an ability to QA/QC the integrity of GIS datasets and metadata.
- Knowledge and skills working with raster data (scanned documents, aerial imagery and Digital Elevation Models).
- Experience working in a First Nations community is strong asset; an understanding of First Nations issues in BC, including resource access, social justice, and current First Nations legal issues is preferred.
- Experience managing in a goal oriented, team environment.
- The ability to communicate complex ideas to a variety of individuals with differing technical backgrounds.
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
- Ability to take direction, interpret instructions, and work independently.
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
- Organized, detail-oriented, and innovative problem solver.
- Work is performed in an office environment.
- Valid Driver’s License
- Successful Criminal Record Check
Please email cover letter and resume to: [email protected]
and reference “Senior GIS Specialist” on the subject line
Applicants of Musqueam and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.
Position will remain open until filled.
* We thank all those who apply, however, only those short-listed will be contacted.