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GIS Officer 1(A)-(B)-2(A)-(C)



Competition # : 35891 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: AMHERST

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/7/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


If you’re someone who enjoys testing data, trying new things, looking at mature databases to find potential errors (systematic and unique), working on process improvements to prevent future errors from occurring – all the while experiencing the job satisfaction that comes from improved methodologies for your whole team, look no further because the GIS section is waiting for you and your skills.  Take your training and experience to the next level by working with our dedicated team of Geomatics Professionals where you can feel challenged every day to improve our provincial GIS datasets, and our maintenance strategies and QC programs. 


Geomatics is one of the fastest growing technology sectors, and here in Nova Scotia we are part of Canada's world-class Geomatics community.  Geographic Information Services is a leading-edge team of Geomatics experts providing mapping services for government, the public and the private sector. Geographic Information Services provides leadership in the development of the province’s geographic information infrastructure including core datasets, policies and standards, and business applications. We are recognized as a centre of excellence in the geosciences community and are considered the premier mapping and geographic information source for Nova Scotia.

About Our Opportunity


Under the direction of the Geomatics Program Coordinator at the Nova Scotia Geomatics Centre in Amherst, the Geographic Information System (GIS 1-2) Specialist is responsible for spatial data manipulation and analysis, development, maintenance and mapping of Government related datasets.  Maintenance of our foundational provincial datasets occur through various means such as interaction with source providers, referencing remotely sensed data, digitizing source information, field work, ground truthing and GPS data.  The highly skilled, detail-oriented geomatics professional has technical knowledge of the latest GIS concepts and technologies, cartographic principles, research and development of new products, supporting current services, relational databases, geographic data analysis tools and methodologies. 

Primary Accountabilities


The Specialist is responsible for the following:

  • maintaining and enforcing GIS best practices
  • strict quality control standards
  • database management and maintenance
  • create cartographic products
  • research and development of new GIS related data products
  • ongoing support services including writing technical documentation
  • assist other municipal and provincial government departments with their spatial information requirements by providing technical support and training to end users and clients
  • fulfilling fieldwork requirements such as placing/retrieving ground control targets for annual acquisition of aerial photography
  • setup aerial photography blocks on softcopy PC environment for viewing/inspecting stereo pairs of aerial photography using 3D GIS software.
  • assisting with outreach to end users of Govt’s Provincial LiDAR datasets, regarding data maintenance and future collection areas of interest

Qualifications and Experience


The successful candidate must have one of the following education levels:

  • Graduation from an approved GIS technical school in the field of GIS
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant Geomatics field


The ideal candidate will have knowledge and/or experience in the following:

  • experience of geographic information systems and related database applications
  • self-starter with a positive attitude who applies a regular application of independent, sound judgment to solve problems in relation to the quality assurance of the various geographic databases managed by our team
  • demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, good organizational and strong verbal and written communication skills
  • ability to exercise a logical approach to analyzing problems, interpreting client needs while building relationships, adapt to new methodologies and software applications, interaction with outside organizations and the public in a professional manner are required
  • work cooperatively and collectively in a team environment
  • attention to detail and good time management skills 
  • manage multiple tasks with changing priorities to meet deadlines




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

Additional Information


The following would be considered an asset:


  • Background in Cartography or Remote Sensing
  • Experience working with the Nova Scotia Topographic Database, Nova Scotia Hydrographic Network and or Nova Scotia Road Network and Nova Scotia Civic Address File
  • Experience with the following languages: Structured Query Language (SQL), XML, and Python
  • Experience working with linear referencing systems and geocoding techniques
  • Experience with LiDAR point cloud datasets and derived raster products
  • Experience working with network datasets and geometric networks
  • Experience with Softcopy Photogrammetry
  • Background on LiDAR theory and best practices


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer or will result in termination of your employment.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  PR 01  

Salary Range:  $1,488.35 - $2,588.45 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to