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GIS Analyst (GIS Officer 3)

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2T9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29127 

Department: Lands and Forestry

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/16/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, geological resources, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

About Our Opportunity


As the GIS Analyst you will be responsible for providing technical advice and guidance to the Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  Officers of the Land Services branch and the GIS Supervisor to assist with their delivery of mapping products related to land transactions on behalf of Land Services, the Department of Lands and Forestry (the Department) and other government departments.

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities in this role include:


  • Enabling and promoting the integrity of the spatial information of Land Services and the Department by developing and applying rigorous quality assurance criterion. 
  • Administering Crown Land Online (CLO) by monitoring the mapping service’s nightly replication script.
  • Assisting the GIS Supervisor of the Land Services Branch by creating, maintaining, and organizing all documentation required for the GIS Section of Land Services branch and other clients.
  • Supporting the GIS Supervisor of the Land Services Branch by developing and implementing geomatics training for the Land Services branch and other government departments.
  • Developing complex edits associated with hard copy reconciliation by maintaining a working understanding of records management, coordinating with the records and research staff to verify parcel locations, understanding the extents and attributes related to land transactions, and properly reflecting land transaction in the Crown lands geodatabase and CLO.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant Geomatics field + 5 years related experience or graduation from an approved technical school in the field of geomatics + 8 years related experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.


You bring an innovative approach to your work to develop creative solutions to solve unique or complex GIS technical issues and develop strategies to address changing priorities of government and clients.


You possess exceptional communication (written/verbal), judgement and analytical skills to interpret and apply GIS policies and procedures to complete land-based mapping products and to provide advice and guidance. 


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

Working Conditions


99% of the time we work in an office environment, the occasional light lifting is required.


On occasion, travel by car for site visits may be required.  


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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,384.94 - $2,782.95 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). 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