Posted on May 2, 2016 - GC1606

Company: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Position: GIS Technologist
Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta
Contact Name: Courtney Abbott
Deadline: May 13, 2016

Job Description

Position Type/ Hours:

This is a temporary full-time position working thirty-five (35) hours per week for approximately six (6) months within the GIS Branch of the Information and Advisory Services Department. This position is within the CUPE 1505 Bargaining Unit. This position is located in the community of Fort McMurray, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s urban centre.


Position Description:

Under general supervision, supports the branch and effectively liaises with business units to advance GIS in the Municipality. The successful candidate will utilize advance tools in GIS information management systems in order to perform cartographic, analytical, and administrative GIS work.


Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Creates paper and electronic maps.
  • Model data for effective spatial database storage.
  • Extracts, transforms, and loads spatial and related non-spatial data.
  • Cleans and maintains data.
  • Maintains skills and knowledge to keep pace and current with industry.
  • Comprehends in detail, and works with, the Municipality’s spatial datasets.
  • Contributes ideas to improve branch performance.
  • Documents assumptions, methods, and processes.
  • Performs other duties as required.


Job Qualifications


  • Degree in Geography, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related discipline with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems required.
  • Two (2) years’ experience using GIS software is required (credit is provided for experience gained during work terms depending on the depth and breadth of the experience).
  • Work experience with the following are required:
    • Python Scripting or other scripting/programming languages.
    • Using and/or administering enterprise databases (Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, etc).
    • Working with cadastral layers.
    • Spatial analysis and design.
    • Cartographic design.


You will possess the following:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Able to work both independently, and as part of an energetic team.
  • Must possess tact, patience, and diplomacy.
  • Ability to effectively make decisions considering both strategic and operational consequences.
  • ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced (includes ArcInfo, and the following extensions: Spatial Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, Maplex).
  • Knowledge of spatial statistics.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Access).
  • Knowledge to extract, transform, and load methods, global position system (GPS) data acquisition, Python Scripting, and enterprise databases are assets.
  • Competency testing may be required as part of the interview evaluation.


Other Information

Pay Level:

PL 12


Salary Range:

$43.93 (Temporary Rate)



In addition to the rate of pay, we offer:


-an additional bi-weekly payment of $480 which represents a cost of living allowance 


Requisition Number:




Closing Date:

May 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM


Posting Type:

Internal & External  (Reposted: April 29, 2016 Original CUPE 1505 Closing Date: February 21, 2016)



To apply:  Please visit our website at

We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those individuals
selected for interviews will be contacted.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
9909 Franklin Avenue

Fort McMurray, AB
T9H 2K4
(780) 743-5401
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