Working from within the Information Technology Services – GIS Branch, the GIS Specialist, Recreation, Parks and Culture is responsible to manage and advance the GIS capabilities within Recreation, Parks and Culture by leveraging GIS technology to serve / support multiple department initiatives. The position is responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of long term sustainable solutions for the department’s outdoor recreation and parks systems, datasets and tools. This position represents RPC with the Enterprise GIS initiatives ensuring the department advancement is linked with the Enterprise GIS long term strategies.
- Maintain the GIS data inventory for Strathcona County parks assets such as sports fields, playgrounds, hardscapes, trees, shrub beds, outdoor rinks, natural areas, turf and other outdoor assets/amenities
- Assist in the development of lifecycle replacement programs for outdoor assets
- Advance the GIS capabilities within RPC by leveraging and developing GIS technology to serve / support multiple department initiatives
- Develop and lead technical projects to leverage GIS technology to meet long term business needs
- Work closely with RPC department stakeholders to identify potential GIS opportunities that will support or enhance planning, budgeting, operations, maintenance and asset management
- Evaluate RPC’s use of GIS technology, provide recommendations and implement solutions to further maximize the benefits of GIS
- Successfully implement new initiatives while ensuring effective integration with corporate applications and alignment with Enterprise GIS long term strategies
- Ensure effective accessibility and use of department GIS datasets by internal and external stakeholders
- Oversee the development and management of GIS data for county parks and open space
- Collaborate with all County GIS stakeholders to ensure that the RPC department’s interests and priorities are being advanced
Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of and demonstrated ability in corporate core competencies including customer service, communication, team work, initiative/self-management and accountability, and flexibility/adaptability
- Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgement and discretion in dealing with difficult situations and/or respond to internal/external enquiries
- Communicate effectively with stakeholders, verbally and in writing
- Utilize brainstorming and group sessions, both as a leader and as a participant, to find resolutions to complex business application and process issues
- Ability to lead projects and act as a resource on others
- Knowledge of project management principles and procedures
- Solid business acumen; capacity to fully analyze departmental operations and objectives, understanding the problems and identifying potential improvements
- Ability to define functional business requirements and processes for disparate municipal departments with varying levels of complexities and dependencies
- Solid technical foundation encompassing logical and analytical thinking; demonstrated ability to investigate, design and implement solutions in the field of Geospatial technology
- A University Degree in GIS or Geography, Environmental Studies, or Computer Sciences (or a related field) with a minimum of two (2) years of practical experience or a related two-year diploma in GIS along with four (4) years related experience in GIS.
- Experience with ESRI GIS Suite of tools including; ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS Online, ESRI Geodatabases, ArcGIS data models, FME, MS Office Productivity tools, & MS Project. Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of GIS, spatial analysis and cartography is required.
- GISP Certification or ESRI Certification is an asset
- Project Management Certificate is an asset
- Experience working with and/or knowledge of Parks and Recreation Services is an asset
Equivalencies of education and experience may be considered. In addition to providing a dynamic working environment, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies for similar positions within the next 6 months.
Competition #064-2019-EXT-ITS closes February 25, 2019
Thank you for your interest in Strathcona County. We only contact candidates selected for interviews.
A cover letter must be submitted along with a resume describing the interest in this position.