Geospatial Systems Analyst

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Job Summary

The UBC Faculty of Forestry is a world leader in forestry research and education, and provides a focus for forestry in British Columbia and throughout Canada. Forestry is an inherent component of Canadian life both economically and socially with forests making a vital contribution to moderating climate, filtering air and water, regenerating soils, and preventing erosion. Canada is, therefore, required to respond to both national and international protocols related to climate change and the sustainability of its forests. This requires forest resource information to be regularly measured and monitored to provide timely and accurate information. The Faculty aims to excel in education and research for the conservation and sustainable management of forests and woodlands. The Faculty provides outstanding education that is interdisciplinary, international, and experiential, including an accredited forestry degree; and fosters an interdisciplinary, innovative research environment that attracts world-class graduate students and scholars.

The Geospatial Systems Analyst provides teaching and research support to the Faculty on the application and development of geospatial technologies for natural resources management. Liaises with the wider UBC community on the application and development of geospatial technologies.

Organizational Status

Reports to Director of IT. Provides consultation and advice to faculty, staff and students in the area of geospatial techniques and technologies. Works with technical support staff as directed on Faculty tasks. Participate on committees related to GIS and remote sensing at UBC, and in the wider UBC community where appropriate. Contacts and negotiates with vendors or service providers. Supervises and delegates assignments to Work Study students and temporary student assistants, as needed.

This position will reside in an office in the Forest Sciences Centre.

Work Performed

  • Coordinate GIS and Remote Sensing site licenses as appropriate for the Faculty including negotiations with vendors and advising the Geospatial Committee on budgetary requirements.
  • Distributes GIS and Remote Sensing site licenses to faculty, staff and students.
  • Maintains an understanding of ArcGIS Online and advises faculty, staff and students on licenses and credits required for GIS analysis and online mapping.
  • Train site license holders on their administrative role in distributing ArcGIS Online accounts, roles, credits and MyEsri accounts.
  • Maintains an understanding of ENVI software.
  • Coordinate transition from Concurrent accounts to Named User accounts including the use of UBC CWL  login to access ArcGIS Online.

Consequence of Error/Judgement
Due to the rapidly changing nature of this field, it is critical that this position keep abreast of current technologies. Failure to provide the required state-of-the-art technical support would negatively impact student education, and the Faculty’s reputation. Errors or deficiencies in data quality would jeopardize research results and negatively impact research budgets.

Supervision Received

Reports to the Director of IT and receives direction from the Director of IT, which may include direction from Chair of the Geospatial Committee.

Supervision Given
Provides mentorship to those taking on administrative GIS duties in Forestry and across campus.

Preferred Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Advanced technical training in geographic information technologies, Geographic Information Systems required. A commitment to ongoing learning to keep abreast of changing technology is a job requirement. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Current, extensive practical and theoretical knowledge gained through a minimum of three years’ experience required. Thorough knowledge of current ENVI and ESRI GIS software products, and various ENVI and ESRI modules and extensions appropriate for teaching-support purposes

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide range of clients, including the ability to present complex concepts in a clear, organized fashion. Initiative, judgment and tact, with the ability to act as a self-starter able to function with minimal supervision while maintaining regular and clear communication to the satisfaction of supervisor(s) and clients.