Geographical Information System (GIS) Technician

  • Full Time
  • Moberly Lake
  • $28.30-$39.31 CAD / Hour

Website Saulteau First Nations

Reports To

Lands and Resources Planner

Saulteau First Nations Mission

We strive to be the Best Governed Nation, one that is proud, culturally strong and self-sufficient.  As stewards of the land we will ensure that the best sustainable practices are followed, now and in the future.  We remain proudly determined.

Job Purpose

The GIS Technician ensures that land management activities by industry, government, Saulteau First Nations (SFN) and others are conducted in a sustainable manner for the protection of the Environment and Treaty Rights.

Commonly, this position creates customized maps and GIS applications. They compile and integrate new cartographic data, draw maps using design software and manage data in the GIS database. This position works with the GIS Coordinator to compile and provide analyses of GIS data, including reading and interpreting maps and other GIS data, entering data in the GIS database, drawing maps using automated software and compiling reports.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program and Department Administration

  • Provides scripting and analytical support to SFN geomatics operations
  • Operates a computer to update maps and data related to land use referrals, traditional land use studies (TLUS) comprehensive community planning, land use planning and other departmental projects
  • Ensures cartographic standards and principles are adhered to during the production of topographic and thematic hard-copy maps or digital mapping applications
  • Researches and writes proposals to secure related funding and grants
  • Database Management as it relates to quality assurance, cleaning GIS data, and updating and creating metadata
  • GIS application development
  • Spatial analysis and report generation (discovering trends for use in things like cumulative effects and SFN/Cultural/Treaty 8 values/health, etc.)
  • Preparing maps, reports, and other relevant information
  • Maintain knowledge of trends and developments in GIS field
  • Assisting the referral coordinators with analysis and recommendations from a GIS perspective
  • Coding for scripting, modeling, and automation using Python and R
  • Data capture using various applications and hardware: drones, GPS, Field maps, Survey123, Collector
  • Utility mapping
  • Web app development
  • Base map development and mapping
  • Survey mapping lands/TLE/A/housing/lots
  • AutoCad conversions (DWG, etc.)
  • Various drone projects, such as supporting the Guardian Program with collecting and updating data.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and coordinate with external agencies/organizations, governments, consultants, and internal departments.
  • Prepares a monthly summary of activities, achievements, commitments, and issues to be addressed

Other Related Duties

  • Participates actively as a SFN representative in collaborative partner networks and in related community activities.
  • Participate in all SFN sponsored community events as required.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Diploma in Geographic Information Systems or a combination of related training and experience with minimum of 2 years ethical GIS experience, and the ability to read, understand, interpret and apply Treaty Rights in a GIS.
  • Advanced understanding of raster and vector formats, topology and topography principles, map algebra, vector processing tools (merge, clip, union, intersect, etc.), spatial relationships (within, touch, disjoint, intersect, etc.), projection and vertical or horizontal transformation.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of digital and hard-copy file and records management.
  • Ability to operate a variety of technical tools and equipment, such as GPS, tablets, cameras, drafting instruments, etc.
  • Ability to manage sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy and maintain confidentiality of records and discussions.
  • Ability to solve problems, make effective decisions, resolve conflicts, and manage time effectively.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and the ability to pass a Criminal Records Check.

Work Conditions

  • Work is performed primarily during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays.
  • Travel may be required within surrounding community.
  • Enter data into a computer terminal, PC, or other keyboard device requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand-eye movement.
  • Perform fine hand movements in the accurate use of drafting instruments.
  • Walking and hiking in rugged terrain or remote areas for field visits and site verification or training as required.

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