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Geomatics Systems Analyst (GIS Officer 3)

Government of Nova Scotia

  • Posted on: August 2, 2022

Competition # : 36210

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: Flexible

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG

Closing Date: ​8/16/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

If you’re someone who enjoys geographic data, databases, GIS infrastructure, the satisfaction of making GIS data available to clients, and trying new things – look no further because GeoNOVA is waiting for you and your skills.  Take your training and experience to the next level by working on our dedicated team of geomatics professionals where you can feel challenged every day in maintaining and delivering our provincial GIS data to a vast client base.

Geomatics is one of the fastest growing technology sectors, and here in Nova Scotia, we are part of Canada’s world-class geomatics community.  We are a leading-edge team of experts providing mapping services for government departments and agencies. GeoNOVA provides leadership in the development of the province’s Spatial Data Infrastructure including enterprise licensing, core datasets, policies, standards, and business applications. We are recognized as a centre of excellence in the geomatics community and are considered the premier mapping and geographic information source for Nova Scotia.

About Our Opportunity

The Geomatics System Analyst will be a member of a team that supports Nova Scotia Government’s Spatial Data Infrastructure and GIS license administration. The Geomatics System Analyst works closely with the Senior GIS System Analyst and geographic data custodians in provincial departments and agencies to ensure that GIS systems and software licensing is available to clients and partners.

Under the general direction of the Senior GIS System Architect, the Geomatics Systems Analyst is a highly skilled, experienced, detail-oriented geomatics professional who demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of GIS concepts and is innovative in mapping technologies, relational databases, geographic data analysis tools and methodologies.  The successful candidate may interact with and provide training and support to many clients and partners.

Primary Accountabilities

The Geomatics System Analyst is responsible for the following:

  • Assist in the administration of the GIS Enterprise Agreement for software
  • Work with clients to determine best approach in their licensing needs
  • Assist in the administration and maintenance of the Nova Scotia Geospatial Infrastructure
  • Participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of standards, procedures, and guidelines for government’s Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Support geographic database needs for clients across government
  • Resolves technical challenges for accessing geographic data
  • Research and development of new products or new technology to improve services

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate must have one of the following education/professional experience levels:

  • Graduation from an approved technical school in the field of Geomatics plus 8 years related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant Geomatics field plus 5 years related experience

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and/or experience in the following:

  • Geographic Information Systems, infrastructure, and database software
  • Scripting for the purpose of the automation of tasks
  • GIS services (for e.g., map, feature, etc.)
  • Prioritizing, assigning, scheduling, and monitoring tasks
  • Working with other staff and partners to improve the design, maintenance, and quality assurance of geographic data
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to participate in a team environment while building and maintaining relationships with a variety of partners
  • Self-starter with a positive attitude, attention to detail, and problem solving

The following would be considered an asset:

  • Experience with administering software licenses
  • Experience with Nova Scotia GIS data
  • Experience with linear referencing
  • Experience geocoding

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions

  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion

Additional Information

The successful candidate’s work location can be within the office locations of  Amherst, Nova Scotia or Halifax, Nova Scotia.

What We Offer

  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career
  • Engaging workplace: our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have forward-thinking policies and strategies
  • Countless career paths
  • Department specific flexible working schedules

Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,396.86 – $2,913.59 Bi-Weekly

Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:

Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.

External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to Competitions@novascotia.ca.

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