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Senior GIS Specialist

Government of Alberta

  • Posted on: July 7, 2024

Job Information
Job Title: Senior GIS Specialist
Job Requisition ID: 60292
Ministry: Energy and Minerals
Location: Edmonton
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Scope: Open Competition
Closing Date: July 22, 2024
Classification: Subsidiary 12B 3625 Technologies 6
Salary: ​$2,694.27 to $3,537.86 bi-weekly ($70,320 to $92,338/year)

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx

The Ministry of Energy and Minerals is responsible for sustaining the interests of Albertans through the stewardship and responsible development of energy and mineral resource systems. For more information on the work of our Ministry, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/energy.aspx

The Ministry Services Division provides enterprise-wide support services for the Department of Energy and Minerals and ensures alignment with and adherence to related Government of Alberta policies.

The Branch of Professional & Program Services (PPS) is a team of engineers, geologists, technologists, and program specialists, who provide expertise and support on issues and programs related to mineral resources, resource access, and environmental policy to Alberta Energy and Minerals (the Department), as well as other departments, other levels of governments, and external stakeholders.

Resource Mapping and Analysis (RMA) provides critical support to Tenure and Royalty Operations, Policy Development, and the management and administration of Crown-owned mineral rights by ensuring that Crown mineral ownership and mineral restriction databases used to assess mineral rights availability are strategically and integrally managed. RMA provides research, advanced geospatial analysis, data, and mapping products along with mineral rights expertise to support the decisions of the Department, other Government of Alberta ministries, and external clients.

Role Responsibilities

The Resource Mapping and Analysis team is looking for an enthusiastic, inquisitive person to join our team as a Senior GIS Specialist where you will develop relationships, research, troubleshoot and perform analysis and mapping for energy and minerals business support.

Reporting to the GIS Project Coordinator, this position offers leadership, technical research and advice, analytical support, customized geospatial data and mapping, for departmental and cross-ministry project discussions on complex energy, land use, resource and environmental policy initiatives to ensure Alberta Energy and Minerals’ interests are appropriately considered.

A Senior GIS Specialist will develop a strong understanding of mineral ownership in Alberta and operational mapping products for mineral rights disposition. You will provide specialized analysis and expertise on mineral ownership and rights availability to department business areas and will have opportunity to create new online maps and update mapping applications which support the policy and operational priorities of the department and Government of Alberta.

The successful candidate must be a self starter, highly collaborative and very organized. Must have robust research, technical and analytical skills, passionate about problem-solving and developing innovative solutions to better support business operations.

The ideal candidate needs to demonstrate the following:

  • Work within the parameters of established legislation, regulations, and policies, with significant discretion.
  • Commitment to client service excellence.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills to facilitate the resolution of issues, problems, and disputes.
  • Create and maintain a variety of web maps and online applications with Esri software, including Experience Builder, Story Maps, Dashboards, Instant Maps, etc. within Esri Enterprise Portal or ArcGIS Online
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to present, discuss, and explain complex technical matters with clients.
  • Understanding of departmental information systems, databases, Alberta Geospatial Services

Apply now and help us drive positive change!

Please click on the link to view the job description.

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: https://www.alberta.ca/system/files/custom_downloaded_images/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf.

  • Build Collaborative Environments – Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with clients, stakeholders, and other affected parties. Fosters collaboration, encourages input and feedback, and consults the management team as well as promote development of new ways of online product and service delivery.
  • Develop Networks – pro-actively anticipate and plan for requirements of diverse clients and stakeholders and develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with clients, stakeholders, and other affected parties. Ability to function independently as well as lead and contribute effectively within a team environment.
  • Creative Problem Solving – assess problems and recommend and implement viable solutions, pro-actively anticipate and identify emerging trends, issues and opportunities relating to GIS technologies. Ability to consistently demonstrate initiative, professional judgement, and creative approaches to responsibilities.


Minimum two-year technical diploma in GIS, Physical Geography, Cartography, Earth Sciences or in a a related field plus six years related experience in ; or equivalent as described below.

The position requires in-depth knowledge, skills and experience in the following:

  • Considerable experience in Geographic information systems, processes, techniques.
  • Proficient use of Esri software such as Esri ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, ArcSDE, Enterprise Portal, AGOL.
  • Experience creating and maintaining online maps, dashboards and visualizations using Esri applications: Experience Builder, Story Maps, Dashboards, Instant Maps, etc.

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.

Following are considered assets for the position:

  • Working knowledge and experience with M365 or Microsoft Office suite.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and policies affecting mineral availability and ownership (e.g., Mines and Minerals Act; Land Titles Act, Public Lands Act, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act; Parks Act; Surface Rights Act).
  • Familiarity with the third systems of surveys and earlier survey systems (e.g. settlements, river lots etc.) used in Alberta.
  • Experience with online legal and technical document resources such as Service Alberta SPIN2 and Canada Lands Survey Records.

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. Refer to https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-minimum-recruitment-standards.


Hours of Work:

36.25 hours per week (full time)

Term of Employment:

This position is a permanent, full-time position.

Working Location:

9945 108 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2G6

Applicants are encouraged to provide a cover letter outlining how your experience relates to the qualifications outlined in this job ad.

Successful candidates will be required to disclose any business or financial interests, including the owning of shares or financial investments in the energy sector, to comply with the Department of Energy & Minerals’ Supplementary Code of Conduct.

Any costs associated with obtaining the required documents/checks as noted or interview travel expenses, will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in.

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How To Apply
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.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/job-application-resources#before for more information. Please visit Recruitment Principles, for more information.

It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)(https://www.alberta.ca/international-qualifications-assessment.aspx) or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information (https://canalliance.org/en/default.html).

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

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 require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Christie-Anne Silverthorn at Christie-Anne.Silverthorn@gov.ab.ca

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