Posted on July 27, 2018 - GC1673

Company: BC Hydro
Position: Mapping and GIS Specialist - Site C
Location: Vancouver, BC
Contact Name: Shelley Jacks
Deadline: August 8, 2018

Job Description

Source:    BC Hydro
Job Title:  Mapping and GIS Specialist - Site C
Job Number:   BCH-T-2812-180726E1
Job Location: Vancouver (Dunsmuir), British Columbia, Canada

Job Status: Full-time Temporary



We’re BC Hydro and we have a big job to do.


Keeping the lights on for over 4 million people across the province takes a lot of talented people doing many different jobs. From working deep in a generating station, atop a power pole, or behind a desk, whatever it is that makes you tick we offer challenging careers to help you reach your potential.


We’re investing more than $2 billion per year in major capital infrastructure projects to help meet the growing demand for safe, reliable power. We’re upgrading transmission lines, building new substations, and investing in our hydroelectric generation facilities. We aim to provide meaningful and challenging work, opportunities for growth and a healthy work/life balance. We’ve been recognized for excellence and been named one of B.C.’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for four years in a row.


It’s our vision is to be the most trusted, innovative utility company in North America by being smart about power in all we do.






  • Performs a variety of GIS tasks to complete mapping/geospatial projects, including: researching,  selecting and evaluating map source data for use in the preparation or revision of maps or analysis; preparing and revising maps, charts or drawings; georeferencing airphotos and non-digital map media; digitizing aerial photographs; applying GIS tools and scripts to manipulate vector and raster datasets; editing and cleaning geospatial datasets based on topological rules; developing scripts and macros to improve efficiency of GIS tasks; following corporate filing conventions and departmental archiving system to organize both digital and hard; copying files and tracking changes/revisions to drawings and data.
  • Liaises with internal BC Hydro staff (engineers, project managers, technologists etc.) and external team members to determine their mapping and GIS requirements, advising on options for data and type of analysis to best meet their objectives. Responds to email, telephone and in-person requests for mapping and geospatial information from BC Hydro clients by determining which mapping products will best suit the clients’ needs (paper or digital map, large or small scale, coarse or fine detail, etc.), and discussing timelines for delivery.
  • Performs spatial analyses and queries by: researching, selecting and evaluating source data; confirming a solid understanding of the input data’s architecture to ensure that any decisions made during analysis are applied appropriately; applying combinations of scripts and GIS tools to input data in order execute spatial analyses and generate new information; calculating volumes of water within a reservoir; determining the spatial relationships between datasets by performing extraction, overlay and proximity analyses; reclassifying data to demonstrate a spatial function; applying mathematical and statistical functions to datasets to model geographic relationships.
  • Designs, develops and manages 2D and 3D database models of BC Hydro Infrastructure. Generates the database schema for storing generation and environmental assets; collects and records data sources,  accuracy values and validity dates; updates data as new information becomes available ensuring topological rules are applied and that attributes are filled in and complete; designs workflows to convert data from historic CAD drawings in local coordinate systems to UTM coordinates using rotation and scale and shift factors; secures confidential data layers; disseminates information as appropriate in the form of layer files, pdf maps, published map documents.
  • Act as GIS expert for the team by: advising the department and other BC Hydro staff members about the capabilities and limitations of GIS applications and data formats; providing advice to clients putting together RFPs or contract documents regarding the use of GIS terminology to define GIS tasks and requirements; acting as the Subject Matter Expert resource person for the IT Helpdesk’s trouble calls regarding ESRI software products. Works with ESRI support to resolve technical issues.
  • Performs quality control and assurance checks on incoming geographic datasets to ensure it meets BC Hydro specifications and/or standards. Reads, interprets and understands contract or project specifications for GIS datasets; analyzes the schema of incoming data to ensure that datasets follow topological requirements; utilizes GIS scripts and design workflows to identify ‘bad geometry’ (slivers, over/under shoots, zingers etc.); checks to ensure the correct number of features have been recorded; documents the QA/QC process and supplies client with a report outlining the findings and recommendations.
  • Performs site visits to conduct field checks of GIS data. Ensures adequate safety training is completed; participates in tailboard on site; locates site features and ensures that database information is filled in correctly; investigates site modifications and records field notes; operates GPS and/or field GIS units.
  • Participates in the development and presentation of the department’s technical innovations, products and services to internal and external groups. Develops presentation materials showcasing BC Hydro technological GIS innovations. Present materials to internal groups of various knowledge levels of GIS and geospatial theories, as well as to GIS industry peers.
  • Performs duties of a minor nature related to the above duties that do not affect the rating of the job.

Job Qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma in GIS from an institute of technology, plus three (3) years of progressively complex GIS experience within a utilities and/or natural resource environment.
  • Must possess a valid BC driver's license.

Other Information


  • This position is affiliated with the Movement of United Professionals union (MoveUP/COPE).
  • This position will provide GIS support to the Site C Clean Energy Project.
  • Experience applying GIS to a variety of engineering, environment and natural resource projects an asset.
  • Experience with ArcGIS for Server and web mapping preferred.
  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server preferred.
  • Majority of time is spent in a normal office environment.
  • Requires occasional travel and field trips to other sites, which may require carrying equipment and walking over rough terrain.
  • A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain the following requirements in good standing:
  • Driver's License Type = Class 5
  • This is a Full-Time Temporary position until approximately March 2020.
  • Please note this role is based in Vancouver at the Dunsmuir location.
  • Please note as part of the selection process, applicants may be requested to bring in samples of their previous work for discussion. Applicants may also be asked to complete an assessment/test as part of the interview process.


How to Apply


Interested candidates should submit their applications online at  by August 8th, 2018.


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On the BC Hydro Careers site, click on the Apply button in order to complete the steps to apply for this job. Please be sure to update your Candidate Profile with your current resume and include copies of your certifications, if applicable.


We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It's an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.


Our values guide our work. Want to join us?


We are safe.

We are here for our customers.

We are one team.

We act with integrity.

We respect our province.

We are forward thinking.


BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

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