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Geographic Information Systems Technician (Contract Position – Parental Leave Coverage)

Urban Systems Ltd.

  • Posted on: February 5, 2020
  • Expires on: March 6, 2020
About the Opportunity
Are you passionate about creating meaningful impact in communities across Manitoba and Northwest Ontario to advance their goals? Do you want to put your GIS expertise and deep technical knowledge to work alongside an interdisciplinary team?
Join us in serving our higher calling of spirit in service for vibrant communities! This is a full-time temporary position for 12 months to cover a parental leave with the potential for an extension.
Our interdisciplinary professional practice in Winnipeg, established in 2017, serves a wide variety of municipal, first nation and provincial clients throughout the region. You would be joining a small but mighty, enthusiastic, and passionate team focused on nurturing strong collaborative relationships with our clients working hard to develop value to communities.
Across Urban Systems, our GIS practitioners work with community planners, engineers, landscape architects, environmental professionals and technologists to produce high quality work in a fast-paced environment. This position will play a supporting role and will work closely with the existing GIS Specialists in Vancouver as well as provide broader support to the Urban Systems offices in Saskatoon. You will be responsible for providing cartography and GIS technical support to multiple areas of practice including engineering, transportation, environmental and community planning.  Regular travel to our Vancouver and Saskatoon offices will be a key component of this position to ensure the successful candidate receives regular coaching/mentoring as well as provides support to projects in other offices.
Typical duties may include:
  • Create and maintain spatial and tabular information using a variety of software platforms such as ArcGIS Pro, Excel, ArcGIS for Desktop, and other spatial data tools;
    Manage GIS portion of engineering or planning project (data management, GIS leadership, client contact);
  • Scripting and automation of GIS tasks;
  • Perform basic spatial analysis and geo-processing tasks;
  • Conduct spatial data editing/maintenance;
  • Mobile mapping, web mapping, and web mapping customization;
  • Data editing and management;
  • Perform QA/QC tasks; refine data entry processes as required;
  • Create maps to illustrate concepts and identify study areas and corridors; and
  • Develop and maintain documentation and metadata in line with company standards.
About You
Our preferred candidate has a certificate or diploma in a GIS related field and 2-5 years of related GIS experience. The following attributes and experience are beneficial to thrive in this role:
  • You are suited to consulting – you actively listen to others, develop and nurture interpersonal relationships, and seek out opportunities to understand key community dynamics working closely alongside clients;
  • You are problem solver – you thrive in a self-directed environment, take initiative, and continually work hard to deliver consistent high-quality work, you generate practical solutions in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment;
  • You embrace technology – you have a passion and aptitude to apply technology to create solutions and solve problems, you are proficient working in an ArcGIS environment, possess a solid understanding of ESRI software and technologies, GIS programming and scripting language (e.g., Python) and other spatial data tools;
  • You have a strong service orientation – you enjoy responding to requests efficiently and effectively and seek out opportunities to take initiative and ownership;
  • You are a collaborative thinker, communicator and doer – you know how to bring diverse perspectives and ideas together to generate practical solutions to complex problems, you work cooperatively with others to reach a common goal and participate actively in your team to be a net generator of energy; and
  • You are results driven – you have the ability to multi-task and prioritize work in a fast-paced environment while striving for high quality performance to deliver results.
About Us
Recognized as one of Canada’s top employers, Urban Systems is an employee-owned inter-disciplinary consulting firm based in Western Canada.  In business since 1975, we have four decades of experience working with a variety of clients including all levels of government, Indigenous communities, commercial and residential land developers, and the natural resource sector. Our team of 450 people, across multiple branch offices, is committed to helping build vibrant communities of all sizes.
Our Commitment to You
At Urban Systems, we make significant investments in our people, which is why we take great care to hire those who we believe will thrive in Urban Systems over the long term. We’ve become recognized as a workplace of choice by nurturing a unique corporate culture that sets us apart and provides:
  • Challenging and interesting project opportunities;
  • A fun workplace, where hard work accomplishes great things;
  • The opportunity to work with industry leading professionals in a collaborative environment;
  • Ongoing career development and learning; and
  • Meaningful rewards and recognition.
How to Apply
If this describes your background, your skills and your natural talents, please check out our website for more information and submit your resume and cover letter along with a completed Candidate Questionnaire (available for download on our site) directly through our website. Applications accompanied by a Candidate Questionnaire will be given preference.
Deadline for applications: February 23, 2020
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