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GIS Programmer/Analyst (GIS Officer 3)



Competition # : 34055 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: TRURO

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/7/2022​ (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 Natural Resources and Renewables 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 Geographic Information System (GIS) Programmer/Analyst, you will develop and maintain applications to support Forest research, management, and planning initiatives. 


Primary Accountabilities


You will be responsible for designing, building, and administering GIS tools and processes to collect, maintain and provide access to forest information within the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables in collaboration with other IT and forestry professionals.


You will use your programming skills to develop web deployed GIS tools and interfaces used to collect, store, process, and distribute forestry information using an ESRI ArcGIS platform. Within the Forestry Division, you will work closely with the Forest Management and Planning Section, the Forest Inventory Section and the Regional Services Branch as well as forestry stakeholder groups.


This position reports to the supervisor of GIS and Forest Interpretation within Forest Inventory.


Qualifications and Experience


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


This position requires the following Requirement:

  • Work experience developing web deployed applications using HTML/Javascript/CSS. 

Additional consideration will be given to candidates with work experience using the .net framework or developing GIS applications.


Please ensure that you provide the specific details of your relevant work experience in your cover letter or resume as it applies to the requirements listed above.


Candidates will have demonstrated independent good judgement and decision making, professional initiative and problem solving, skills development, time and priority management, project planning and the ability to communicate and collaborate with colleagues and clients effectively and respectfully. Candidates will have experience documenting and communicating results, procedures, and programming code. Candidates will also have demonstrated an ability to meet deadlines and maintain accuracy and productivity.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, 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.


Working Conditions


Work in an office environment.


Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here.


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 13  

Salary Range:  $2,396.86 - $2,913.59 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