Posted on March 30, 2009 - GC862

Company: Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
Position: Research Assistant - Geospatial Data Management
Location: Corner Brook, NL
Salary: $37,476 - $52,553
Contact Name: Director of Human Resources
Deadline: April 3, 2009

Job Description

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Natural Resources Canada (Canadian Forest Service), and Department of Natural Resources (Forest Service) are partnering to bring together relevant forest management and ecosystem research, with computer modeling to support ecosystem-based management within the Humber River Basin (HRB). The partnership is developing a suite of interacting models in an integrated risk analysis (IRA) framework to facilitate collaborative decision-making by enabling the assessment of landscape scenarios (produced by various processes, e.g., climate change, harvesting plans, natural succession) and trade-off analyses of social, economic and ecological forest values within the HRB. Geospatial data development, application & delivery activities underlay implementation of the IRA framework.

Reporting to the Project Manager of the Humber River Basin Project and working closely with researchers at the Canadian Forest Service and the provincial Forest Service, the Geospatial Data Management Specialist will use geographic information system technologies to: identify and gather geospatial data representing environmental, economic, and social conditions within the HRB; import geospatial data into a geodatabase; convert appropriate geospatial data to Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) standards; and produce metadata for all geospatial data.

Job Qualifications

Considerable experience (3-5 years) in geospatial data development and management analysis using ESRI ArcGIS software products and experience assembling and managing spatial databases; graduation with an acceptable undergraduate degree from a recognized university in a field of the natural sciences related to the duties of the position (eg: Biology, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Forestry or other sciences related to the position) with acceptable specialization in geographic information systems (GIS); or any equivalent combination of experience and training. The candidate should have a strong knowledge of the principles of database management and geographic information systems; a strong knowledge of metadata and CGDI standards and formats; and have demonstrated the ability to communicate clearly, plan and organize assigned work schedules effectively, and work in a team environment.

Other Information

To apply for this position, fully complete an APPLICATION FOR NON ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT and attach a current resume, addressed to:

Director of Human Resources Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7

For further information concerning this opportunity, or to obtain a copy of the application form, please visit us on the web at:; or contact in St. John’s, the Recruitment Office, Department of Human Resources, Room A4039, Arts and Administration Building, Elizabeth Avenue, phone (709) 737-7403, fax (709) 737-2700; in Corner Brook, Room AS202, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, University Avenue, phone (709) 637-6233, fax (709) 637-6239; or email If applying by email, please state the competition number (RCC-09-05) in the subject line.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is strongly committed to employment equity and especially welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, men, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
P,O, Box 4200
Department of Human Resources

St. John's, NL
A1C 5S7
(709) 737-2700
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