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Data Services Specialist
The Data Services Specialist is responsible for providing technical and programming expertise to enable the provisioning of Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) spatial data both internally to the Government of Alberta (GoA) and externally to the public, industry, academia and other governmental and non-governmental agencies. This position provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technical and programming expertise and is expected to work closely with the Spatial Database Support Unit in the development and maintenance of scripts to facilitate the distribution of digital spatial raster and vector data and metadata in a variety of formats. The Data Services Specialist is expected to develop customized scripts for specific types of data extraction, facilitate the communication process, provide technical advice for new and updated data, streamline the archival process when distributable data are updated, automate processes where possible and ensure functionality when infrastructure and software upgrades are installed. The Data Services Specialist will facilitate the conversion of hardcopy products into an appropriate digital format and enable packaging of all digital products as well as supporting distribution through web mapping. This position is responsible for maintaining the master distribution data packages and will work closely with other units within Information and Data Provisioning Services (IDPS) to enable the flow of data from acquisition to distribution and will provide training to other staff members where required.
About Your Work Environment
In this role, you will primarily be working in an office setting located in Edmonton. You will have regular contact with industry, consultants, other government staff and the general public. Some travel may be required to effectively support the priority work of the Branch.
This position requires a diploma in a related field plus a minimum of 4 years of directly related experience or equivalent with emphasis on GIS, geomatics, remote sensing, survey science and natural resource information. This position requires demonstrated proficiency in programming, database design and applications development. A general knowledge and aptitude for programming languages (with emphasis on Python, SQL and FME) is a requirement. Experience working in an ArcGIS Server environment is desirable. Equivalencies will be considered.
Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The links below will assist you with understanding competencies:
CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: to think creatively in the design of hardcopy and electronic materials, provide solutions when technical issues arise and engage in testing to prevent technical issues that may accompany new installations and upgrades.
AGILITY: to be able to meet tight deadlines and adjust to changing priorities and technology
DRIVE FOR RESULTS: to be able to ensure efficiency and integrity in data loading and distribution
BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS: to collaborate with other staff members within the Informatics Branch to develop processes to acquire, load, convert, process, store and deliver data products to internal and external government users.
$2,421.40 to $3,189.17 bi-weekly ($63,198 to $83,237 annually)
This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.
What we offer:
- Comprehensive benefits plan:
- Pension plan:
- Health Spending Account:
- Leadership and mentorship programs
- Professional learning and development
- Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
How to Apply
Online applications are preferred. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.
Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Please ensure that this document is saved using the naming convention of your last then first name (Smith,Joe_Resume). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.
If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Monique Calliou, Fax: (780) 427-2513.
It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) -
It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.
Please see the attached position description for a detailed list of the job responsibilities:
We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Monique Calliou at 780-644-4614. If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check
for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.
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