GIS Technician

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Nature Conservancy of Canada

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Edmonton, Canada

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13 days ago

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada's leading national land conservation organization. A private, non-profit organization, we partner with individuals, corporations, foundations, Indigenous communities and other non-profit organizations and governments at all levels to protect our most important natural treasures — the natural areas that sustain Canada’s plants and wildlife. We secure properties (through donation, purchase, conservation agreement and the relinquishment of other legal interests in land) and manage them for the long term.

Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 15 million hectares, coast to coast to coast.

Our culture is defined by our values – Big Thinking, Collaboration, Determination, and Empowerment.

Job Summary:

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is seeking a highly motivated and skilled GIS Technician to support our Alberta Regional Office. The position will start as a 1-year term contract with potential for extension. We are looking for a candidate that has the requisite skills and experience to do the job, is passionate about nature and conservation, is a good fit with NCC’s culture, is a team player and brings value to the GIS team. The GIS team’s two main goals are to accelerate conservation and optimize delivery so opportunities to bring creative vision to the team may exist. Main responsibilities will be analyzing, presenting, and managing spatial data related to conservation initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain geospatial datasets and databases for conservation projects,
  • Produce maps and visualizations to communicate conservation priorities to stakeholders
  • Conduct spatial analysis and modeling using GIS software to support funding development, land securement and stewardship teams,
  • Assist in the development of data collection and conservation projects such as regional conservation planning, restoration, baseline assessment of secured lands,
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to share and acquire data,
  • Maintain ArcGIS Online account and web maps,
  • Ensure data quality and accuracy.


  • Bachelor's degree in GIS, geography, environmental science or a related field
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in GIS analysis, data management, and mapping
  • Proficiency with ESRI spatial software and geospatial analysis techniques
  • Confidence using ArcGIS platforms such as ArcGIS Online, Field Maps, Survey123
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of conservation biology and ecology and Alberta’s ecosystem and geography
  • General knowledge of commonly used datasets in the conservation field, such as land use/land cover, topography, and hydrology
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills

Additional Assets:

  • Experience working in the environmental field,
  • Knowledge of remote sensing and/or GPS technology,
  • Knowledge of automation in GIS workflow using Python and R scripting.

This is a salary-based position offering the opportunity to work in a dynamic and passionate team committed to conservation. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and are committed to promoting an inclusive and equitable workplace.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: June 15, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

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.

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.