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GIS Specialist

Government of Alberta

  • Posted on: January 24, 2023
  • Expires on: February 7, 2023

Full Job Description

Job Information

Job Requisition ID: 37556

Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas

Location: Red Deer

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: February 7, 2023

Classification: Subsidiary 12B 3625 Technologies 6

About Us

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources.


We are looking for a senior technologist with advanced geospatial skills to fill a unique position that makes an impact on Alberta’s environmental landscape.

As part of the Provincial Geospatial Centre (PGC) and reporting to the Geospatial Unit Lead, Central, you would be responsible for preparing and managing spatial data, complex spatial analysis, geo-processing and development (scripting, add-ins, tools, etc), customized cartographic products, reports and other visualizations. You will also be responsible for any other geospatial work requested by PGC clients in support of regional and departmental business priorities and programs and act as a subject matter expert on resource information, geomatics and GIS. You would provide timely and accurate technical support to facilitate program delivery in various areas of the department as well as identified high priority government programs external to the department. You would assist in supporting the goals and objectives of Alberta’s commitment to sustainable resources and environmental management by ensuring public lands and natural resources are managed to sustain their economic, social and environmental values and benefits for future generations.

The primary nature of the work requires the application of principles of Geographic Information systems (GIS) technology, data analytics and development, cartography, geoprocessing, and data management. You will have the ability to function independently with minimal supervision, as well as within a team setting, work within defined and often constrained timelines, and communicate clearly with clients, colleagues, and co-workers.

This position offers considerable scope for originality and individual initiative.

Your responsibilities would include:

  • Providing complex data management and quality assurance for internal government clients, ensuring all parties have current/common information to assist with sound resource management decision making.
  • Contributing to decision-making through the design of high level spatial analysis products and data integrity and continuity.
  • Constructing digital/hardcopy products for analysis, reports, planning, presentation, or litigation all in support of departmental priorities.
  • Maintaining, upholding and contributing to the understanding of GIS technology within the client/user community to ensure the up-to-date and efficient application of GIS resources.
  • Exploring innovative solutions or approaches to modernizing workflows and service delivery.
  • Providing insight/guidance into project flow and possible avenues for completion to assist clients with decision-making and to assist junior staff with project work.



  • Two year technical diploma in Geomatics, GIS, or related natural resource field.
  • Plus Six years of related experience.

Equivalency: Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of:

  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.


  • Demonstrated experience in the use of GIS software, primarily ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and Portal environments.
  • Established skills in advanced geoprocessing, scripting (i.e. Python, JavaScript / C# and others) and automation of GIS workflows.
  • Experience in the applications and processing of aerial and satellite remotely sensed data and imagery.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, GPS/GNSS software, and web-based GIS Platforms.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors 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

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

AGILITY: Ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS: Knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the organization, while maintaining accountability to each other and external stakeholders.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: Ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions.

DEVELOP NETWORKS: Proactively building networks, connecting, and building trust in relationships with different stakeholders.


$2,654.45 to $3,485.57 bi-weekly ($69,281 – $90,973/year)


Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Please Note: This is a full time permanent position located in Red Deer.

What We Offer:

  • Working for the Alberta Public Service –
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  • Leadership and mentorship programs.
  • Professional learning and development.
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance.
  • Opportunity to participate in flexible work arrangements such as working from home up to two days per week and modified work schedule agreements.

How To Apply

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system,

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at

Tips for applicants:

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)

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

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 or a copy of the role profile, please contact Christie-Anne Silverthorn, TAS Administrator via email at Christie-Anne.Silverthorn@gov.ab.ca.

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