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GIS/RS Lab Technician

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GIS/RS Lab Technician

Date Posted: 02/16/2024
Req ID: 36061
Faculty/Division: UofT Scarborough
Department: UTSC:Dept-Physical & Environmental Sci
Campus: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Position Number: 00054483


About us:

The University of Toronto Scarborough is a place where diversity fuels innovation. Where ideas don’t stop at the borders of our beautiful, tree-lined campus. Fostering a vibrant culture of community engagement, UTSC student’s cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

The Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences is built on a strong foundation of dedicated staff and faculty. This Department is a multidisciplinary unit comprised of four primary groups: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies and Physics & Astronomy with faculty who are engaged in vital research to better understand our environment.

This Department is a place where diversity fuels innovation. Discover a campus filled with energy, culture and world changing ideas and facilities. Discover the University of Toronto Scarborough.

This search aligns with the University’s commitment to strategically and proactively promote diversity among our community members (Statement on Equity, Diversity & Excellence). Recognizing that Black, Indigenous, and other Racialized communities have experienced inequities that have developed historically and are ongoing, we strongly welcome and encourage candidates from those communities to apply.

Your opportunity:

Working under the direction of Prof. Irena Creed, the GIS/RIS Lab Technician will provide technical and research support to a team of Project Scientists and technical staff as part of a collective effort to better understand wetlands and their role in mitigating climate change. You will be responsible for conducting GIS and remote sensing analysis, statistical analysis of GIS and remote sensing results, and generating detailed maps and reports.

The project, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada, involves the participation of multiple academic institutions, government and non-governmental agencies, and industries focused on mapping wetlands, measuring their greenhouse gas emission rates, determining their carbon storage potential, and modelling the effects of the surrounding landscape on these rates and storages.

Your work will be critical in supporting researchers as they look to unlock the potential of wetlands as a Nature-based solution to combating climate change.

This is an excellent opportunity to join our dynamic and dedicated team that is passionate about the environment, values new ideas and initiatives, and the teamwork required to see those ideas become reality.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Analyzing and reformatting data to extract spatial information and to produce maps and cartographic objects.
  • Determining technical requirements for cartographic design productions or projects.
  • Assessing and selecting methods of data collection and analysis for research projects.
  • Compiling research data, verifying and reconciling data errors, and generating reports.
  • Analyzing technical solutions to ensure compliance with best practice and industry standards.
  • Drafting documents for knowledge translation purposes and training others on research methods and data analysis.
  • Maintaining information on digital platforms.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or specialization in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or acceptable combination of equivalent education and experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in GIS and remote sensing analysis.
  • Thorough knowledgeand experience in GIS and remote sensing analysis software, particularly ESRI ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro.
  • Familiarity with coordinate systems, raster vs. vector data, overlay, and extraction tools.
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment.
  • Strong skills in producing maps, spreadsheets, and reports.
  • Statistical analysis skills using tools such as Excel, SAS, SigmaStat, etc., and the ability to produce summaries of statistical analyses.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to explain technical terminology in a clear way, to provide advice and guidance and to prepare reports.
  • Ability to produce high quality error free work with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to develop clear, concise, accurate technical documentation.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills to coordinate and organize own work activities on multiple projects with varying levels of complexity within tight deadlines.
  • Experience working in a diverse environment and familiarity with principles of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to independently troubleshoot issues.

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Experience in working with Whitebox GeoSpatial Inc., ENVI, ERDAS, PCI Geomatica, Definiens Developer, or other similar software.
  • Experience working in a research or academic setting conducting and/or supporting quantitative research an asset.
  • Programming skills in Google Earth Engine, R, Matlab, or other similar languages preferred.
  • Database management skills.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Communicator
  • Meticulous
  • Motivated self-learner
  • Organized
  • Problem solver
  • Resourceful
  • Team player


  • This is a 2 year TERM position

Closing Date: 02/27/2024, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 11 -- $73,748 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $94,310. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial
Recruiter: Kyla Kara Hewitt

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

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Employees have access to:

  • Excellent health and dental benefits;
  • On-site support for training and career development;
  • Flexible work arrangements;
  • Childcare subsidy;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • Scholarships and/or tuition waivers for dependants;
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  • Support on equity and diversity issues;
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