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Job Posting: Nature Reserves GIS Analyst

Job Description

Ontario Nature is seeking a self-motivated individual, committed to the conservation of Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces, for the position of Nature Reserves GIS Analyst. Reporting to the Conservation Science Manager, the Analyst will support the delivery of Ontario Nature’s Nature Reserves Program. This is a dynamic position that will include developing methods to identify important areas for conservation.

The successful applicant will lead the spatial analysis for a conservation strategy, including identifying specific conservation priorities for protection. This will include the management of spatial and tabular data, the application of landscape ecology theory to identify appropriate spatial analysis, and creation of visual products to display results.

The ideal candidate has a strong applied knowledge of GIS and landscape ecology, demonstrates an ability to work well independently and with a team, and is committed to advancing nature protection. This is a one-year term position based in our downtown Toronto office where we offer a results-oriented, creative and fun environment.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Provide GIS and technical support for the Nature Reserves Program by conducting spatial analysis including connectivity analysis and identification of important areas for biodiversity;
  • Compile, digitize, analyze, manage, interpret and display biological and related GIS data at multiple scales;
  • Obtain spatial data for completion of securement projects, covenant monitoring, site inspections and property management planning;
  • Ensure quality control of GIS and related database and spreadsheet files;
  • Create metadata records on existing and newly developed datasets;
  • Provide guidance and support for Ontario Nature conservation staff on GIS data collection and storage; including creating Collector and Survey123 projects for data collection; and
  • Create cartographic products.


  • Degree or equivalent in geography, conservation biology or related field;
  • 2-4 years working experience with GIS, specifically with ESRI products (ArcMap 10.x) and database management; related, practical experience in conservation planning, landscape ecology, spatial statistics, community planning, or equivalent multi-disciplinary field;
  • Proficiency in MS Access and metadata creation;
  • Familiarity with GPS, KML and remotely sensed imagery;
  • Knowledge of resource inventory, biodiversity and element occurrence (EO) data, specifically Ontario relevant datasets;
  • Excellent verbal, written and graphic/cartographic communication skills;
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage several tasks with multiple deadlines;
  • Ability to work as a team member and independently (with attention to detail), seek assistance/input as required and to work on interdisciplinary teams;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a positive, dynamic attitude; and
  • Strong commitment to the conservation and protection of Ontario’s wild species and spaces.

Desirable Assets

  • Advanced information-management and GIS technical training gained through a GIS diploma, degree or equivalent experience; and
  • SQL, statistical analysis techniques.

Anticipated start date: May 2019

Duration of position: 12-month contract

Salary range: $39,000 – $50,000 per year

Location: Ontario Nature’s Head Office – 214 King Street West, Suite 612, Toronto, ON

Working conditions: This position may require weekend and evening work on occasion

To apply

  • Include your resume, cover letter and three references in one document (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF), addressing your qualifications and experience
  • Include “Nature Reserves GIS Analyst” in the subject line
  • Submit your application by email to the attention of Anna Dipple, annad@ontarionature.org
  • Deadline for applications: April 12, 2019

Although Ontario Nature appreciates the efforts of all those who apply for this position, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No unsolicited emails or phone calls please.

Ontario Nature is committed to employment equity, diversity and accessibility. Requests for disability-related accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, and applicants should make their requirements known when contacted.