Geospatial Information Systems Specialist
University of Waterloo - Waterloo, ON

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The University of Waterloo Library seeks a creative, dynamic and public service oriented team player to fill the position of Geospatial Information Systems Specialist. This position offers an exciting opportunity to build on past and present achievements and to move the geospatial digital agenda forward for the Geospatial Centre at the University of Waterloo. Recent and ongoing digital projects include:

  • a growing collection of historical air photos digitized and georeferenced (
  • the creation of a digital historical street network for the Region of Waterloo (
  • A growing collection of historical maps digitized and georeferenced (

As the campus hub for geospatial data, the Centre offers over one terabyte of GIS data files to meet the teaching and research needs of University of Waterloo faculty, students and staff. The Geospatial Centre offers cartographic material in both print and digital format. There are approximately 20,000 maps in the printed map collection, ranging in geographical extent from maps of the City of Waterloo to maps of the world. The Geospatial Centre has a collection of 55,000 aerial photographs for various parts of southwestern Ontario and has 500 atlases for Canada and for foreign countries around the world.

The incumbent will be working with a team to provide cartographic and GIS information services to the campus community. This will include disseminating the Centre’s collection to campus users; providing expertise in collecting and using GIS data; teaching and instructing on using various GIS software programs; developing and leading digital projects.

The University of Waterloo Library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). The Library is a member of the Tri-University Group (TUG), along with member libraries at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University, serving a combined student population of over 76,000, combined holdings exceeding 5 million, and combined budgets exceeding $45 million. The Tri-University Group manages shared technology and a remote storage facility, and enables collaborative projects across the three library systems. The successful candidate will carry out the responsibilities associated with this position in the Dana Porter Library, located on the main campus.


Within the context of a rapidly evolving print and digital environment, the incumbent is responsible providing advanced geospatial technical and information services, including the development and coordinating of geospatial digital projects. The Geospatial Information Systems Specialist reports to the Geospatial Data Services Librarian.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work related experience and specialization/course work in Bachelor’s degree, accreditation, or college diploma/degree/certificate related to GIS or Geomatics is required.


  • Experience providing high-quality GIS technical services to end users
  • Proven ability to develop, manage, and complete GIS digital projects
  • A proven self-starter with demonstrated commitment to high-quality customer service
  • Project management experience with proven strong mentoring ability, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience presenting GIS information in an effective manner to individuals and groups and effectively communicate information clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Proven ability to maintain strong working relationships and manage priorities with fluctuating/time-sensitive deadlines with frequent interruptions.
  • Technical skills include:
  • Advanced ArcGIS, advanced Google geospatial products, intermediate HMTL, intermediate JavaScipt, basic PHP, intermediate MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and academic/ professional qualifications. For uWaterloo salary scales, refer to:

Deadline for applications: Resumes will begin being reviewed on May 16th, 2013. Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to the email specified.
A complete job description is available at:

Please note: Candidates invited for an interview will be asked to give a presentation, and will be assigned a GIS skill test with a written and technical component.

Employment Equity: The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We invite applications from all interested applicants. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.

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