GIS Project Coordinator (Planner 1-2)



Competition # : 43518 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 23-Jul-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change’s (ECC’s) role is to protect the environment, human health and animal health through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnerships, and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise. 

Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We also proactively respond to environmental, conservation, animal, and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.

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About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager, Protected Areas Operations, you will support priority work in the protected areas program related to Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Primary Accountabilities


You will lead the development, review, and implementation of GIS projects related to protected areas planning and management. This will involve working collaboratively in a team environment, gathering and compiling information from staff to create functional products. You will create technical reports and manuals associated with projects and workflows.

You will provide timely responses and prioritize requests for maps, data analysis, and other GIS support. You will be able to respond to requests within a short timeframe. You will be able to compile, edit, and maintain data in geographic and operational databases, including providing data summary and analysis.

You will support GIS and non-GIS staff with the development and/or upgrade of ArcGIS Online applications. You may provide support for Field Maps and other ESRI software. 

You will work in a team environment with staff from this department and possibly other provincial departments. You may also interact with industry and non-government partners, community groups, conservation and recreation organizations, and others to advance departmental goals.

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role, you will have a diploma in GIS and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management, Ecology, Land Conservation, Planning or a related natural resource management-based science.

You will have advanced knowledge and experience of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - specifically ArcPro 3.x. You will have strong analytical, cartographic, data management, and problem-solving skills. You will have experience in creating interactive maps and authoring applications in ArcGIS Online. You will have experience in creating technical reports and manuals.


Other assets include experience with database design, spatial analysis, LiDAR, Model Builder, Python and Arcade programming. Knowledge of other ESRI software such as Experience Builder, Field Maps, Survey 1,2,3, and StoryMaps is an asset. Knowledge of conservation planning is also an asset.


Experience working in land conservation or protected areas and a practical understanding of current issues and best practice approaches in protected areas planning and management are assets. Familiarity with the Nova Scotia Protected Areas Program is also an asset.

You will have superior written and verbal communication skills. You will be self-directed, have excellent problem solving and organizational skills, and have a high attention for detail. You must also be highly proficient with computer word processing and spreadsheet software. You must be able to work collaboratively and communicate effectively.  

You will ideally have knowledge of provincial and federal legislation, regulations, policies, programs, and processes relevant to protected areas, private land conservation and land management in Nova Scotia.



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 a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.  For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees.

Working Conditions


You must be willing and able to travel throughout Nova Scotia and work irregular hours when deemed necessary. 

Additional Information


This is a term opportunity with an anticipated end date of December 4, 2025. However, the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


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.

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 08 - PR 14  

Salary Range:  $2,084.99 - $3,231.58 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