University of Alberta

GIS and Remote Sensing Technician

Faculty of Science - Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

Competition No.  -    S106136481
Posting Date  -    Jul 13, 2018
Closing Date  -    Jul 20, 2018
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $40,952 to $54,060 per year
Grade  -    04
Hours  -    40

This position is for 1 year with the possibility of being renewed and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The University of Alberta (Department of Biological Sciences) and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) have developed a research partnership to track changes in biodiversity across the entirety of Alberta for the next 100 years, this program provides Albertan’s the ability to make informed decisions about the state of their environment in ways never before possible.

The GIS and Remote Sensing Technician (GIS/RST) will report to the ABMI's Geospatial Centre Northern GIS Coordinator. The GIS/RST will be responsible for generating land cover mapping products through automation and processing or remotely sensed data. This also includes the organization of existing GIS layers and troubleshooting dataset production so that the data can be effectively used in modeling, scientific analysis and reporting. 


  • Ability to investigate and apply emerging GIS-based and Remote Sensing approaches to improve the work quality and solutions
  • Coordinate and undertake quality assurance and quality control on work prior to passing it on as required
  • Processing, cleaning and organizing digital elevation models, optical and SAR remote sensing data and LiDAR data
  • Automation of large-scale geospatial tasks in Python or R
  • Management of multiple geoprocessing machines and ability to troubleshoot scripts
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to work independently or within project teams of various sizes


  • Minimum of High School Diploma; Post-secondary degree in GIS, remote sensing, natural resource science, or related discipline is preferred 
  • Minimum one year with ArcGIS experience and hands-on experience with geospatial analysis and applied GIS-based tools
  • Ability to write and edit code in Python and/or R
  • Proficient and thorough understanding of GIS and spatial analysis principles and applications
  • Familiar with a variety of technologies capable of storing spatial data (i.e., ArcSDE, file geodatabases, Oracle, SQL Server, etc.)
  • Familiarity with satellite and airborne remote sensing data (Optical, SAR, LiDAR)

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.