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

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2T9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29132 

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 Officer 1-2 you will be responsible for supporting the administration of acquiring and disposing of Crown lands. This position delivers client services related to land transactions for all sections of the Land Services branch of the Department of Lands and Forestry (the Department) and other government departments. They will support the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) supervisor of the Land Services branch by researching, compiling, analysing, editing and rendering the current extents, location and attributions of Crown and Nova Scotia Environment lands within the Crown lands geodatabase.

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities in the role include:


  • Providing effective and efficient client service by managing a number of mapping notifications with competing priorities and plotting them into the Crown lands geodatabase in a timely manner.
  • Reviewing relevant spatial information for accuracy and quality assurance before entering it into the geospatial data management database.
  • Providing cartographic services for the Land Services branch of the Department and other government departments by producing various types of hardcopy and electronic maps.
  • Continuously maintains a high level of knowledge in the evolving field of geomatics and stays abreast of current trends and developments by attending training courses, GIS meetings, geomatics conferences and seminars.
  • Supporting the Government’s protected areas designation process by: compiling a Crown lands parcel list for research staff of each candidate site; attending  meeting with the Department of Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) staff to identify and clarify boundaries of Wilderness Areas/Nature Reserves and additions to existing Wilderness Areas/ Nature Reserves.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have graduated from an approved GIS technical school in the field of GIS.


As the ideal candidate you possess sound judgement to determine the appropriate mapping approach to use within the framework of the Land Services branch of the department mapping standards, with only a minimum amount of information. 


You can provide creative solutions to assist with client service by addressing changing priorities of government and clients.  You also possess exceptional communication (written/verbal) and relationship building skills to work with various stakeholders to complete mapping requests and to collaborate with survey staff.


We will assess the above qualifications 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


Majority of time is spent working within an office environment. On occasion, may travel by car for site visits.


May occasionally move or lift objects such as office supplies, equipment, and boxes of files.

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 01 - PR 10  

Salary Range:  $1,480.95 - $2,575.57 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