Assistant GIS and Conservation Data

Organization icon

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Location icon

Barrie, Canada

Clock icon

15 days ago

Term: Permanent
Reports to: Director of Science and Stewardship
Location: Ontario

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for an Assistant, GIS to join the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.

Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 15 million hectares of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.


A highly-organized individual is required to assist in the compilation, analysis and display of both spatial and tabular data to assist the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) Ontario programs. Reporting to the Director of Science and Stewardship and working with the Ontario GIS team, this individual will use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other software to produce multi-scale maps, create databases, compile and align datasets, generate metadata, and analyze and present data in support of NCC’s administrative, conservation planning, securement, stewardship and development projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Generate maps and analyses associated with Natural Area Conservation Plans, Property Management Plans, Communications and other planning activities as required;
  • Perform specific GIS tasks and data management related to updating GIS files, data and NCC’s Land Information System;
  • Assist in the creation, interpretation, documentation, and use of GIS datasets;
  • Assist in acquiring, compiling, aligning, and verifying internal and third party datasets;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Science and Stewardship or Coordinator, GIS.

Skills and Aptitudes:

  • Must be a college graduate with a diploma or post-diploma certificate in geographic information systems (GIS) or a university graduate in biology, ecology, or geography with significant course work in GIS;
  • At least one year of experience with ESRI GIS software (ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap), as well as various database, spreadsheet and graphics software;
  • Ability to create, update, manipulate, analyze, and document spatial and non-spatial data;
  • Familiarity with natural resource data;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently (with attention to detail), seek assistance and input as required, and to work on interdisciplinary teams;
  • Must have the ability to solve problems using the available resources;
  • Use creativity in acquiring and analyzing spatial data and producing output products such as maps, graphs and statistical tables that quantify NCC’s progress over time;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience with GPS units and mobile GIS software an asset;
  • Field experience and primary data collection an asset;
  • Strong interest in environmental field

To Apply

NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary expectations through our Career Centre by July 4, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.

Please note that in-person office attendance, sharing NCC vehicles and in-person attendance at indoor events are currently restricted to staff who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Accordingly, if you are required to participate in any of these activities as part of your role with NCC, you must be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of the Pfizer, Astra Zeneca or Moderna vaccine or combination of, and have received the second dose at least two weeks prior to your start date or you have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two weeks prior to your start date.