Posted on October 29, 2021 - GC1717

Company: BC Hydro
Position: Mapping and GIS Specialist
Location: Burnaby
Contact Name: Emma Quigley
Deadline: November 12, 2021

Job Description

Source:             BC Hydro
Job Title:           Mapping and GIS Specialist

Job Number:     BCH-R-8269-211027E1

Job Location:    Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

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.

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

* A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain the following requirements in good standing: Driver's License Type = Class 5


* This position will be part of the Geomatics Services team which includes GIS, Photogrammetry, and Surveying.


* Our services include preparing data and loading data into 3D dam models, compiling digital terrain models, undertaking spatial analysis for engineering and environmental studies, compiling data to facilitate route location studies, compiling pertinent topographic data for engineering and environmental studies, data loading into the enterprise GIS, preparing electronic drawings and general mapping and drafting duties


Desired Technical Skills & Experience:

* Excellent working knowledge of ESRI software (ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise) and other related GIS/GPS platforms

* Advanced working knowledge of data transformation software (i.e. FME)

* Experience with relational database systems (specifically SQL Server)

* Experience developing web maps and/or web mapping applications using ArcGIS Portal

* Working knowledge of 3D surface modeling and 3D visualization concepts

* Knowledge of programming/scripting languages

* A comprehensive technical understanding of LiDAR

* Experience working with AutoCAD files

* Experience applying GIS to a variety of engineering, environment and natural resource projects

* Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills

* Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and prioritize multiple tasks and projects to complete job functions in an orderly and efficient manner

* As part of the selection process, applicants may be required to take a written test/assessment.

* BC Hydro employees will be required to provide proof they are fully vaccinated effective November 22, 2021.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at  by  November 12th.

Click here to access the job posting or visit the BC Hydro “Current Opportunities” Careers page to view and apply for jobs.

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

We include everyone. We welcome applications from anyone, including members of visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities

We are also happy to provide reasonable accommodations throughout the selection process and while working at BC Hydro. If you require support applying online because you are a person with a disability, please contact us at .

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4555 Kingsway

Burnaby, BC
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