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Forestry GIS Programmer/Analyst (GIS Officer 3)

Government of Nova Scotia

  • Posted on: November 16, 2020

Competition # : 27835

Department: Lands and Forestry

Location: TRURO

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG

Closing Date: ​12/4/2020​

About Us
Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, geological resources, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province’s Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

About Our Opportunity
As the Forestry Geographic Information System (GIS) Programmer/Analyst, you will be the technical lead on the forest information systems required to support Forest research, management, and planning initiatives.

Primary Accountabilities
You will be responsible for designing, building, and administering GIS tools and processes to collect, maintain and provide access to forest management and research information within the Department of Lands and Forestry in collaboration with other IT and forestry professionals.  The design and management of supporting database systems will be part of your responsibilities.

You will use your GIS programming skills to develop scripts, tools, and interfaces to automate the collection, processing and quality control of digital information submitted for various departmental initiatives. You will design and complete routine quality control procedures on information entered into forestry databases and ensure that the database meets applicable specifications and standards. Within the Forestry Division, you will work closely with the Forest Management and Planning Section, the Forest Inventory Section and the Regional Services Branch as well as forestry stakeholder groups.

This position reports to the supervisor of GIS and Forest Interpretation within Forest Inventory.

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant Geomatics field along with 5 years related experience or graduation from an approved technical school in the field of geomatics with 8 hears related experience; an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.

This position requires the following:

  • Work experience developing GIS related tools using a modern programing language such as C# or Visual Basic.
  • Work experience programming using the Python scripting language
  • Work experience editing the spatial features of geodatabases in ESRI ArcGIS 10.x or ArcGIS Pro
  • Training or experience in applying complex SQL commands to a modern fully relational database.

Additional assets include:

  • Experience translating code from legacy languages such as Fox Pro
  • Knowledge of the information requirements of forest management


Additional consideration will be given to candidates with documented training/education in computer programming.

Candidates will have demonstrated independent good judgement and decision making, professional initiative and problem solving, skills development, time and priority management, project planning and the ability to communicate and collaborate with colleagues and clients effectively and respectfully. Candidates will have experience documenting and communicating results, procedures, and programming code. Candidates will also have demonstrated an ability to meet deadlines and maintain accuracy and productivity.

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.

EquivalencyApplicants 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.

Working Conditions


  • Work in an office environment.
  • Occasional requirement to travel by foot over rough terrain, generally in fair weather.
  • Occasional requirement to operate a motor vehicle on rough surface roads.

Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,384.94 – $2,899.09 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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