GIS Coordinator - Environment Office

GIS Coordinator - Environment Office

Updated by Kurt Kivell - May 25th at 4:43pm

Job Category


$38k - $57k/Year
Application Deadline

Program: Environment Office | Saugeen Ojibway Nation

Supervisor: Resources & Infrastructure Manager

Accountable to: Office Manager, Joint Council of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation

Salary: Negotiable, depending on qualifications, from $38k to $57k annually.

Hours of Work: 37.5hrs/week (Monday - Friday - some weekends and evenings may be required)

Member of Saugeen Ojibway Nation Preferred


The GIS Coordinator is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the geomatics infrastructure for the Environment Office of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. This is inclusive of digitized mapping products, services and tools to manage geographic data and in providing technical advisory/support for the Office. The two main functions of the GIS Coordinator are the establishment and maintenance of geomatics infrastructure and the provision of GIS support to Environment Office initiatives in land and resource planning, as well as the duty to consult and accommodate.

The GIS Coordinator acts as technical mapping support for the whole Environment Office and is responsible for data entry and mapping of land and water-based data across the Saugeen Ojibway Nation territory, this includes aquatic and terrestrial data, development-related information, and member land use information. A core function of this position is to ensure all relevant spatial data is recorded accurately and made available as needed (in the form of maps or other data sets) to various teams within the Environment Office. This position will work most closely with the Resources and Infrastructure Manager, the Land Use and Occupancy study team, and the Coastal Waters Monitoring Program to ensure that all data and map layers are well coordinated.

Depending on workload, this role (under the supervision of the Resources and Infrastructure Manager) may be assigned specific tasks based on skill set.


  • responsible for operation, maintenance, and administration of the Geographic Information System (GIS),

  • file management and record keeping,

  • design, develop, collect, maintain, analyze, and deliver spatial data,

  • maintain GIS database and supporting digital databases for various projects

  • create cartographic products (maps) as required,

  • perform data queries, analysis and other GIS projects,

  • identify, structure and process digital and hard copy data for inclusion in the GIS

  • organize GIS files in a user-friendly manner and provide guidance and GIS support for other Environment Office staff on the use of GIS information

  • establish secure files and backups of a file catalogue

  • participate in GPS field surveys, where necessary, to establish exact locations and positions of natural heritage features, structures, and other information that requires interpretation,

  • build partnerships; collaborate and liaise with GIS professionals representing other First Nation Governments, other governments, data researchers, NGO’s etc.

  • act as a support person for the Resources and Infrastructure Manager regarding spatial data management and mapping.

  • Demonstrate good judgment

  • respect the confidentiality of SON, the community and employee information.

  • deal professionally & courteously with all internal & external contacts.

  • seek guidance / direction as necessary in the performance of duties.

  • act as an ambassador for SON at all times

  • general administrative duties

  • other duties as assigned.


  • Degree or diploma in Geographic Information Systems or in Geographic, Natural Resource Management or a related discipline with considerable coursework in GIS

  • An equivalent level of education and experience will be considered

  • Knowledge and experience in working with computers, ArcGIS, Office Programs and Graphic design

  • Experience working with or within First Nation governments, or Municipal/Provincial/Federal governments

  • Knowledge of SON territory, rights, interests and culture

  • Drivers license with access to a reliable vehicle


  • Strong planning, organizational, and time management skills

  • Initiative

  • Team player

  • Detail oriented

  • Teaching/training others

How to Apply

Closing Date: Friday, June 17, 2022. Band Members and persons of Aboriginal heritage are encouraged to apply.

Forward cover letter and resume to: Environment Office | Saugeen Ojibway Nation 10129 Hwy 6, Georgian Bluffs, ON, N0H 2T0. Identify position applied for on the outside of the envelope. Packages may also be emailed to:

Further Information is available by emailing the above address or by calling (519) 534-5507

All applications are appreciated, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.