Posted on October 6, 2014 - GC1539

Company: Trent University
Position: GIS Programmer and Developer
Location: Trent University Library, Peterborough, Ontario
Salary: $58,311- $68,844 per annum ; full-time (35 hours/ week) regular
Contact Name: Trent University Human Resources
Deadline: October 15, 2014

Job Description

Reporting to the Head of the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre, the incumbent is responsible for a range of activities associated with the design and delivery of library web services and GIS technologies. Primary duties include: ArcServer programming, GIS programming and web server script development, design and development of web interfaces and tools, database design and implementation, records management and documentation. The incumbent plays a key role in the development of teaching curriculum and online instruction resources for the Centre and assists with the promotion and delivery of instructional content to graduate and undergraduate programs in the environmental life sciences, social sciences and humanities. The incumbent serves as a technical consultant and resource person to faculty, staff, students and co-workers in the use and availability of maps and cartographic resources, spatial and statistical data, and government publications, and in the application of GIS desktop and web server technologies.

GIS Support Technologies, Web Programming and Design:

1. Develops, edits and maintains GIS programs and scripts for desktop, server and mobile applications
using a variety of languages and software, adhering to industry standards for web and GIS
2. Develops customized web interfaces and tools for GIS query, analysis, editing and visualization.
3. Analyses, tests, and resolves production problems.
4 .Performs impact analysis for suggested systems changes, patches and upgrades.
5. Writes manuals and documents all procedures.

Database Development, Management and Design:

1. Designs and develops GIS database models and templates, writes and edits programs for accessing,
maintaining, linking and populating databases, verifies database integrity and documents procedures,
meeting a variety of library, researcher and stakeholder requirements.
2. Creates and maintains metadata following industry standards.

Systems and Hardware Support:

1. Administers the library’s GIS servers and workstations by installing and troubleshooting system
software and performing application maintenance, upgrades and enhancements as required.
2. Troubleshoots campus ESRI Desktop and Server installations, writing guidelines and lending supportto operational issues as they arise. Provides feedback to Trent IT on campus installations and respondsto student and faculty inquiries.
3. Reviews performance logs and monitors system performances.
4. Performs automated and manual back-up and restores processes.

Client Services:

1. Assists with client services and the development of library instruction programs for undergraduate and graduate programs in support of maps and cartographic resources, spatial and statistical data,
government publications, GIS desktop and web server technologies.
2. Responds to inquiries from faculty, staff, students,university administration, co-workers, research labs and members of the public. Conducts interviews, and provides written and oral responses, meeting client deadlines.
3. Guides researchers in formulating GIS project requirements and advises on alternatives. Assists with problems related to researcher production incidents and develops solutions.
4. Designs, develops, maintains, revises, and validatesinstructor-led and web-based training materials
and exhibits.
5. Produces high-quality cartographic maps, reports and data extracts.
6. Assists with program delivery and instruction meetings with small and large groups across all
academic disciplines and levels of knowledge.

Other Duties:

1. Develops and maintains various statistics for the unit using a variety of software, forecasts changes,
and provides output in a variety of formats as requested
2. Assists with special projects and performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

1. Honours Bachelor degree in a related field, plus a College degree or post-graduate diploma in
Geographic Information Systems.
2. Minimum 5 years of directly related experience, including 3 years of progressive programming
experience with ArcGIS Server Java Script API.
3. Minimum 3 years of website design experience as well as developmental experience in Web-based
languages such as ASP.NET, C#, VB.NET, JavaScript, XML, Python, PHP, JSON, HTML5.
4. Experience with open JavaScript libraries such as Dojo, jQuery, Ext JS.
5. Extensive experience using ESRI suite of software.
6. Knowledge of PCI Geomatica and remote sensing technologies.
7. Knowledge of open source GIS desktop, mobile and server environments and applications.
8. Experience with RDBMS and SQL.
9. Strong verbal and written communication skills including technical writing and documentation skills.
10. Excellent records management and organizational skills.
11. Demonstrated ability to meet aggressive deadlines, working on multiple projects with varying
12. Strong client service and research skills appropriate to an academic environment.
13. Must be able to work in a team and collegial environment, as well as independently with minimal
14.Highly adaptive and flexible to changing environments and priorities.
15. Must be able to work evenings or occasional weekends.
16 .Strong record of engagement in the workplace and profession and a commitment to keeping up with new technologies.

Other Information

To Apply:


The preferred method for submitting your covering letter and resume is by e-mail to
(Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) . Please note the position title in the subject line
of your e-mail. If you are unable to send your application by e-mail, you may apply by fax or
mail/drop-off your application to: Trent University, Department of Human Resources, 1600
West Bank Dr., Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8; Fax: (705)748-1276.

**External applications will be considered only when accompanied by a completed

Application Form:

Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus
community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Trent University
offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you
require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact
While the University appreciates all applications, please note that only applications from candidates considered for an interview will be acknowledged.


Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive
Thomas J. Bata Library
Peterborough, ON
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