Posted on April 19, 2013 - GC1368

Company: Interfor
Position: GIS Specialist (12 month contract)
Location: Campbell River, British Columbia
Contact Name: Maria de Brigard

Job Description

International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) is a leading global lumber supplier, with annual capacity of more than 2 billion board feet, and one of the most diverse lines of lumber products in the world.  The Company has operations across North America and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.  For more information about Interfor, visit our website at


Interfor is currently recruiting for a GIS Specialist for our Coastal Woodlands operation based in Campbell River, BC. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in GIS analysis and data presentation, have an understanding of coastal forestry operations and thrive in a challenging environment.  This individual will be relied upon to support primary inputs for strategic planning and operational forestry as well as development on an ArcServer powered web-based interface. 


The ideal candidate must be self-motivated with strong organizational and communication skills and have the ability to work independently within our team framework.


We are looking for someone to join our team who has a proven track record in key responsibilities of this position which include the following:


  • Development of ArcServer web interface
  • Visual Impact Assessments
  • Spatial analysis
  • Operational mapping
  • Electronic permit submissions
  • Application support (The Forest Manager module from Cengea)
  • GPS data management, correct, and support (Trimble and OnPOZ)
  • Data loading, data management and quality assurance
  • Support and maintenance of an enterprise data management system
  • Working as part of a team to improve methods, business practices and standard operating procedures

Job Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:


  • A degree or diploma in Geographic Information Systems, Forest Sciences/Natural Resources or Biology (fish/wildlife)
    • Candidates without a degree or diploma in GIS should have 2+ years of progressive work experience with GIS using ESRI products related to the forestry/natural resource sector
  • Proficiency with Access, Excel and Word to create professional quality data summaries and reports
  • Strong and effective interpersonal, time management and organizational skills
  • Natural aptitude for problem solving and error checking


Preferred Skills and Qualifications:


  • Experience with Visual Nature Studio (VNS) performing visual impact assessments
  • ArcServer development using the Silverlight API
    • Web development experience using the visual web developer plug-in or expression blend
  • Experience with Cengea products and enterprise management systems
  • RISC certified GPS data processor or field operator
  • Working knowledge & experience with relevant legislation specific to the BC forest sector
  • Data base administration, programming and scripting (SQL Server, SQL, VBA etc…)
  • Registration with (or eligibility for) the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals and/or the College of Applied Biology will be considered an asset

Interested applicants should include detailed work experience summaries as part of their application package.  Applicants with lesser qualifications may be considered and should describe the progressive steps that they have taken to transition towards becoming a GIS professional.


To express interest in this opportunity, please apply on line (resume and cover letter) at


We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Other Information

3500-1055 Dunsmuir Street

Vancouver, BC
V7X 1H7

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