GIS Technologist

Metro Vancouver

GIS Technologist

Full-Time Regular
Location: 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby

Join us as we help shape the place people want to be – Metro Vancouver, one of the world’s most livable regions. The services and solutions we provide are the foundation of our region’s economic, ecological and social health.  This includes the areas of regional growth planning, air quality, water, liquid and solid waste management, regional parks, affordable housing and community engagement to over 2.5 million residents.  We don’t stop, we don’t close and we do what is right, for now and for future generations. 

We invite you to bring your skills, passion, and expertise to help us in our commitment to sustain and enhance our region’s livability. We offer competitive salaries; exceptional benefit packages with valuable pension plan; employee wellness and recognition programs; and many diverse opportunities for professional growth and development.

We deliver the exceptional services and solutions that have helped make this one of the most special, livable communities in the world, and we want you to join us.  Help us shape the future of the Metro Vancouver region, and shape the place people want to be.   

Our Corporate Services Department is seeking a GIS Technologist to join a team of GIS experts who are responsible for supporting and maintaining spatial data and associated systems (Metro Vancouver’s enterprise GIS environment) for business users across all Metro Vancouver departments, member municipalities and the public.

Your primary focus will be to maintain existing and new spatial databases, analyzing spatial data along with producing map outputs leveraging various scripting tools to help streamline processes.

In this role, you will:
  • Analyze divisional user requests for information, consult with users about information requirements and provide advice on system capabilities; prepare details specifications for programs; designs, codes and tests programs and subroutines of varying complexity to access specific data or generate reports from the geographic database and related systems to meet user needs; source internal and external data and plans the integration with existing data sets.
  • Maintains the Geographic Information database by entering and editing graphic and non-graphic data from source maps and related documentation into the computer, using a graphics work station and related equipment; produces hard copy base, legal, and related maps and reports from the computer as scheduled or required.
  • Identifies software and hardware problems, notifies and maintains liaison with the system vendor and equipment service companies; carries out test procedures on system modifications; documents system changes, procedures and problems.
  • Participates in setting priorities on user service requests; makes recommendations regarding the development, alteration or refinement of the geographic system's capabilities to better meet departmental requirements.
  • Provides guidance to divisional staff as required; maintains liaison with user to ensure that information entered on databases linked to the geographic system meets prescribed standards; identifies and resolves anomalies in data quality as appropriate.
  • Assembles non-graphic data from various departmental files, charts, card systems and similar records.
  • Performs related work as required.

To be successful, you have:
  • Completion of a two year diploma program in computer systems technology from a recognized Institute of Technology and completion of a geographic information system post diploma program; plus sound related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of computer assisted mapping techniques, programming methods applicable to the work and of the software programs and hardware components of the geographic information system such as the ESRI ArcGIS suite of desktop products, ArcOjects, Python scripting and Autodesk products.
  • Considerable knowledge of the requirements and applications of the graphic and non-graphic data on the information system.
  • Sound knowledge of District mapping standards and requirements.
  • Sound knowledge of mapping principles, techniques and materials, of simple mathematics, coordinate geometry, and survey computations.
  • Ability to maintain a variety of records, reports and information systems related to the work.
  • Ability to design, code and test programs and subroutines on the geographic information system.
  • Ability to identify software and hardware problems, perform tests and document system changes, procedures and problems.
  • Ability to formulate recommendations for system improvements and refinements.
  • Ability to provide guidance to divisional staff as required.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of internal and external contacts.
  • Skill in the use of a graphics work station and related computer equipment.

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver seeks to achieve what humanity aspires to on a global basis – the highest quality of life embracing cultural vitality, economic prosperity, social justice and compassion, all nurtured in and by a beautiful and healthy natural environment. 

Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by October 26, 2018.

Organization: Metro Vancouver
Location: Burnaby, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Geographic Information Systems
Posted: October 12, 2018, 10:57 am
Expires: October 26, 2018, 4:30 pm

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