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Geospatial Applications Specialist

Date: Aug 26, 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Technical Services Manager, MAD
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Mapping Analysis and Design




USG 11
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Geospatial Applications Specialist provides expertise for a broad range of geospatial services and activities for the Faculty of Environment and for the wider campus. The incumbent is skilled in advanced spatial technologies that includes: Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Remote Sensing (RS); Global Positioning Systems (GPS); spatial statistics; and spatial design. This is in addition to skills in database design, general programing skills, and both back-end and front end design principles. All of these skills are used to provide instructional support for the teaching of geospatial courses offered in the Faculty of Environment. The incumbent further applies their expertise for wide-ranging application development for the Faculty, and where appropriate, develops and/or participates in developing campus-level solutions. The incumbent reports to the Technical Services Manager (TSM) in Mapping, Analysis and Design (MAD). The incumbent will work with faculty responsible for courses related to geomatics (e.g. GIS, RS, GPS), spatial statistics and spatial design. The incumbent will work collaboratively with the Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GISS) and the Remote Sensing Specialist (RSS) to support the broader teaching and learning mission of the Faculty.

Key Accountabilities:


In support of geospatial instruction/teaching: Collaboratively develop, implement, coordinate, and review initiatives/services/projects/resources that support teaching and learning for the Faculty

  • Promote the use of Geospatial services and resources to the Faculty and campus community, as aligned with incumbent’s areas of expertise
  • Maintain high level of awareness of current trends in geospatial & related technologies with particular focus on applications in teaching
  • Identify new opportunities for development of geospatial services and tools
  • Learn new skills and techniques to apply new technologies and models
  • Assignment development and testing
  • TA mentorship
  • Collaborate with instructors on course material development. Work with Instructors to develop relevant teaching and training materials for workshops, classroom presentations and special events on GIS applications
  • Develop classroom assignments related to using GIS tools, technologies and data sets
  • Develop, design, deliver, and assess  instruction programs, including designing instructional materials, whether in person, online or in a blended environment

In geospatial application development:


  • Design, build, and maintain both spatial and non-spatial applications to support MAD, ENV, and UW
  • Maintain production application infrastructure environment in coordination with Windows System Administrator, and Director of MAD
  • Create support materials for application development
  • Manage/oversee all spatial application development/maintenance
  • Build and maintain Application development infrastructure
  • Participate with cross-campus developer community, specifically within IST

In co-ordinating and maintaining the Faculty’s geospatial presence:

  • Develop and deliver, in collaboration with the team, advanced technical service and consultation as well as handling the most advanced geospatial and application development questions
  • Offers technical geospatial reference and consultation services to clients in person and virtually, including:
    • Use of advanced geospatial tools, technologies and data sets
    • Assist users in finding, using, managing, mapping, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data
    • Assist users in defining GIS research projects
  • Collaboratively, initiate and execute geospatial-related events and experiences for end users, such as campus community mapping initiatives
  • Manipulate and transform datasets by geoprocessing, geocoding and data format conversion
  • Develop geospatial data collection projects to enhance collection access and discovery
  • Support and advance the Faculty’s strategic directions to further the Faculty’s contribution to the campus Strategic Plan for learning, teaching, and research
  • Participate in committee and campus working groups, as relevant

Accountable for GS info services, development and delivery:

  • Create and update geospatial software guides and presentation materials, including online components

  • Provide instruction on geospatial software use, in classrooms, in workshops, and one-on-one

  • Maintain effective online and print instructional content


As the position responsible for digital geospatial projects:

  • Develop, implement, and maintain geospatial digital and data collection projects
  • Develop metadata for digital objects

Position Requirements


Completion of a Master’s level degree in an area of geomatics.


Ability to solve problems independently and be a self-starter is required Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required to work collaboratively with course instructors, TAs, researchers, students and staff  Ability to work on several projects simultaneously and have excellent time management and organization skills Excellent knowledge and experience using geospatial tools including data structures and databases



Advanced knowledge of geospatial system theory and applications Experience with geospatial applications, especially the Esri suite of products Advanced understanding of GPS theory and it’s practical applications Excellent grasp of spatial statistics theory and uses Significant exposure to and understanding of spatial design principles Strong grasp of web-enabled application development lifecycles and frameworks, and their underlying data structures and toolsets Experience in deploying and managing server infrastructure in both the Windows and Linux environments


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Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communicates with employees in all groups and departments throughout the University community and at all levels to gather ideas, envision, articulate, update and inform on projects s/he is leading or otherwise accountable for. Externally, communicates frequently with vendors and colleagues at other institutions in order to execute work.   

Level of Responsibility:

Independent delivery of Geomatics course material Specialized work with minimal supervision. Provides assistance, technical support and training to co-workers in regards to areas of expertise and leadership. Provides technical leadership and project management for Enterprise Database Systems Development and Administration within the Faculty of Environment.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible for problem-solving daily issues as related to responsibilities. Works with Faculty, Staff, Students, manager and others to solve larger problems.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of an office position exposed to stress and pressure associated with those responsibilities.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of an office position exposed to stress and pressure associated with those responsibilities.