Posted on March 28, 2014 - GC1495

Company: Ducks Unlimited Canada
Position: GIS Specialist
Location: Edmonton, AB
Contact Name: Al Richard
Deadline: April 20, 2014

Job Description

The Opportunity

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Canada’s leader in wetland conservation, is seeking a GIS Specialist to provide technical support skills including programming, remote sensing, data management, and advanced analysis, to assist in the deployment of various GIS and remote sensing projects.


The GIS Specialist will be responsible for managing GIS project components, participating in partnership activities, and providing the advanced technical and analytical services required to support DUC's vision and goals. The position, located in Edmonton, Alberta, will report to the Regional GIS Manager commencing on the preferred start date of May 1st, 2014.


As a member of the Boreal Program team you will provide GIS technical expertise and leadership to internal clients while collaborating with external partners to meet DUC’s mission and implement GIS project components.  The candidate will also collaborate with other Regional and National GIS team members on projects requiring specific expertise. 


Your responsibilities will be primarily, but not limited to:

  • Design and implement GIS projects and products in consultation with staff and partners to meet DUC’s and partner objectives
  • Identify, gather, analyze, and integrate spatial data from internal or external sources.
  • Write programs and scripts (e.g. Python, R) as required.
  • Perform statistical analyses, geo statistical analyses, 3-D modeling, and spatial modeling to support DUC science/conservation planning objectives.
  • Create maps and graphs for presentations, technical papers, or reports.
  • Assist in image processing tasks (e.g. classification, accuracy assessment), archiving and distribution of remotely sensed data
  • Assisting in helicopter or fixed wing field data collection and assisting in managing field logistics for Remote Sensing based projects management.

Job Qualifications


You possess a technical diploma in GIS and/or a university degree in geography or related environmental science and have a minimum of five years’ work experience using ESRI GIS software (ArcGIS).  You also possess the following:

  • Solid understanding and experience working with ESRI ArcGIS (ver.10) and associated extensions.
  • Understanding and experience working with eCognition and Erdas image analysis software
  • Proven knowledge of geographic (geo-processing) and cartographic principals (projections and datums)
  • Advanced knowledge of GIS modeling approaches and procedures
  • Excellent cartographic skills in developing various communication delivery products.
  • Experience with Programming in Python, R, Visual Basic or other.
  • Strong data management skills.
  • Landscape Ecology background or prior experience with wetland ecosystems are preferred.
  • Experience with LiDAR.
  • Web-based mapping application development skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to listen and translate user needs into a series of GIS procedures used to generate products that meet those needs.
  • Experience working and communicating with diverse groups of people in dynamic settings.
  • Excellent oral/written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, set priorities, and meet rigid deadlines
  • A valid Canadian driver’s license is required 


Other Information

How to Apply

If you’re qualified and interested in this opportunity, please submit your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resumé for confidential consideration by April 20, 2014, to the attention of:


Al Richard                                                                                                 Email:              

Ducks Unlimited Canada                                        Fax: 780-489-1856                            



Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.  Learn more at


While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered

for an interview will be contacted.

Ducks Unlimited Canada
P.O. Box 1160

Stonewall, MB
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