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Your Connection to Wildlife — As one of Canada’s largest not for profit leaders in wildlife conservation, research, and advocacy, we are seeking to fill the following position. 

Job Title: Geospatial Analyst (1.5-year term)
Reporting to: Senior Conservation Biologist – Freshwater Ecology
Organization: Canadian Wildlife Federation 
 This position may be based in our Kanata, Ontario head office, or in British Columbia


The Geospatial Analyst will manage and analyze geospatial data relating to barriers to aquatic connectivity to support project selection and implementation for fish passage remediation in British Columbia. The Geospatial Analyst will primarily be responsible for developing and executing fish passage barrier remediation prioritization models. They will also work with project partners to map barriers to fish passage and provide any geospatial technical support necessary throughout each phase of the projects.


  1. Perform network analysis on a dendritic hydrological dataset.

  2. Develop, update, and execute Python and SQL scripts to query data and run a barrier prioritization model.

  3. Work with team members to develop ecologically-defensible model parameters based on the latest scientific knowledge.

  4. Contribute technical expertise to fish passage improvement planning and prioritization exercises to identify priority barriers for removal/remediation.

  5. Oversee the management, updating, and querying of existing provincial geospatial databases.

  6. Oversee the design, population, and management of new relational databases as needed.

  7. Produce professional maps of high cartographic quality to support decision making and project planning.



  1. Requires minimum Master’s degree with relevant work experience in related fields (Biology, Environmental Science or Studies, Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Geomatics, Spatial Analysis).

  2. Experience managing and analyzing large-scale spatial datasets.

  3. Extensive experience performing spatial analyses with Geographic Information Systems (e.g., ArcGIS suite or similar software), including raster and vector datasets.

  4. Extensive knowledge of relational database management systems (RDBMS), including writing and executing Structured Query Language (SQL) scripts.

  5. Experience writing and executing code and scripts for data manipulation, spatial analysis, and geospatial model development in Python or other programming platforms.

  6. Demonstrated expertise working with hydrological, biological, topographic, and land use spatial datasets.

  7. Experience producing high-quality map products, for print and web.

  8. Strong English written and oral communication skills.

Additional Assets

  1. Conservation planning and freshwater ecology experience.

  2. Experience with geospatial prioritization/optimization scripting and modelling.

  3. Experience reviewing and synthesizing scientific literature.

  4. Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting scientific data and contributing to reports of findings.

  5. Experience with Oracle and PostgreSQL DBMS.

  6. Experience coding in R for data manipulation and statistical analysis.

  7. Experience with designing compelling data visualizations and/or constructing interactive web maps.

Location: This position may be based in our Kanata, Ontario head office or in British Columbia

To apply:

Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resume and a customized cover letter to by July 24, 2019. Please quote position title that you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Only the candidates who meet the qualifications and experience for the position will be contacted for an interview. We thank you for your interest in the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

AODA Statement for Offer of Employment

Canadian Wildlife Federation “CWF” is committed to accessibility and to protecting the human rights of its employees. In support of this aim, CWF has implemented an accommodation process that provides accommodations for employees with disabilities. CWF will accommodate employees with disabilities up to the point of undue hardship.

The accommodation supports available to employees are laid out in our Accommodation Policy. If your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Offer of Employment necessitates a specific accommodation because of a disability or a medical need, please contact the Human Resources Department. This ensures that the appropriate accommodations are in place before you begin your employment. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Human Resources Department if you require an accommodation related to a disability or a medical condition at any point during your employment with CWF.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 4 2019    ID: 54089