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GIS Analyst/Spatial Ecologist

Bird Studies Canada (BSC) is the country’s only non-governmental charitable organization focussed entirely on research, awareness, and conservation of Canada’s wild birds and their habitats.

We seek 1 or more experienced analysts to contribute to a multitude of regional and national conservation projects and to provide general support for the organization’s ongoing spatial analysis requirements. Day-to-day activities and responsibilities are varied, as the incumbent will be involved in a wide variety of BSC projects, as priorities dictate. Responsibilities include:

  • Data analysis, manipulation and visualization (30%) – assess geographic analysis needs; develop methods to meet project objectives; help program staff visualize, analyze, and understand the limits of their data.
  • Programming and modeling (35%) – develop automated geoprocessing, statistical, and mapping routines to streamline workflows and model complex datasets.
  • Cartography (15%) – provide high quality maps for publications, newsletters, and website.
  • Web application development (15%) – develop and enhance web mapping portals and applications.
  • Report writing, attending meetings, supervising contractors, consultation, etc. (5%)

Examples of major projects to be supported by the incumbent include 1) spatial/statistical modeling of complex bird distribution and abundance data; 2) supporting a major conservation and mapping project in Canada’s Boreal Forest; 3) analyses and mapping for several Breeding Bird Atlas projects in Canada; 4) supporting the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Program in Canada and also the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas.

Applicants should have:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. in geography, landscape ecology, biology, or related discipline.
  • Thorough understanding of Geographic Information Systems and geographic concepts.
  • Demonstrated project experience (3+ years) with ArcGIS, especially relating to conservation, ecology, habitat, protected areas, and (preferably) birds.
  • Experience in advanced spatial modeling, spatial statistics, and cartography.
  • Programming proficiency in Python, R, or other relevant languages.
  • Well developed project management and documentation skills, attention to detail, and high standards of quality control and professionalism.
  • Diplomacy, tact, and good interpersonal skills for working cooperatively within a team setting.
  • Experience with ArcGIS Online and Story Maps; related web scripting languages (e.g., JSP, JavaScript) an asset.
  • Proficiency in French and/or Spanish an asset.

The position is based at BSC’s National Headquarters in Port Rowan, Ontario, although other options could be explored with a qualifying candidate, including at one of BSC’s regional offices.  This position is being offered initially as a one year term, with good possibility of renewal based on continued funding and satisfactory job performance. The position reports to BSC’s Senior Director, Landscape Science and Conservation.

For consideration, forward your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references in a single PDF document to Andrew Couturier ( with “GIS Analyst 2019” in the subject line. While BSC appreciates the interest of all who apply, only those candidates who qualify for an interview will be contacted. The position will be filled as soon as possible. Please state your availability and preference of term type (full time; short term contract; etc.).


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