Spatial Analysis & Cartography Specialist - David Suzuki Foundation

May 24, 2021
Vancouver, British Columbia

Join the country’s most trusted environmental organization and become a force for good!

About the David Suzuki Foundation

Always grounded in sound evidence, the David Suzuki Foundation empowers people to take action in their communities on the environmental challenges we collectively face. Through evidence-based research, policy analysis, education and citizen empowerment, we conserve and protect the natural environment to create a sustainable Canada.

Our mission is to protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future. Our vision is that we all act every day on the understanding that we are One with Nature. #OneNature

You can learn more about us at

The David Suzuki Foundation hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with different abilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. 

Job Description

Position Title: Spatial Analysis & Cartography Specialist

Terms: 2-year contract, full-time (34 hours/ 4-day week)

Location: Based at our Vancouver Office, with remote work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reporting to: Director-General, Western Region (Nature Portfolio Lead)

Salary: 55-65k, based on experience

  • Are you a talented Spatial Analysis & Cartography Specialist who loves working for climate and communities to tackle the environmental issues of our times?
  • Are you passionate about telling stories with maps in order to engage, inspire and support solution seeking?
  • Do you want to work with a team of exceptionally talented and bright people to make a real difference in the world? 

About the Role

You are a talented Spatial Analysis & Cartography Specialist with a passion for telling stories with maps. Working with good data and evidence, you are skilled and adept at pulling out and highlighting essential narratives around challenges and solutions for experts and non-experts alike.

You would be reporting to our Western Region Director-General (Nature Portfolio Lead) in this role. You would provide project coordination and campaign support, GIS analysis and cartography services across multiple projects that support the development of marine and terrestrial conservation areas and ecosystem-based management plans in Canada.

Your primary focus would be Howe Sound and Coastal BC, with significant allocations to Boreal Caribou Recovery, Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and mapping/planning for Nature-Based Solutions. The role includes GIS analysis and cartography support for other David Suzuki Foundation project areas from time to time, as needed.         

Responsibilities Include:

  • Expert at a variety of complex GIS oriented projects including:
    • assessment ecosystem values,
    • species range and abundance,
    • geographic range of industrial effects on marine and terrestrial environments,
    • analysis of marine protected area options and boundaries,
    • analysis of environmental effects of shipping,
    • and mapping of cultural interests in BC’s Howe Sound region.
  • Creation and design of consistently high-quality data-driven maps for DSF project work, government resource management processes, advocacy and public communications.
  • Responsible for liaising with numerous stakeholders including Indigenous Nations and communications specialists.
  • Secure GIS datasets of relevant values, features and other spatial data.
  • Organize and support meetings and workshops of advisory committees, working groups and special events such as workshops, webinars and field tours (e.g., logistics, technical support, notetaking).
  • Responsible for liaising between contractors, project personnel at the Foundation and partner organizations and stakeholders.
  • Oversee the maintenance and updating of technical equipment required for this position.
  • Identify where additional professional/expert services are required to supplement skills and meet project objectives.
  • Easily engage in other projects requiring GIS analysis and other associated duties, as directed.

Skills, Experience and Knowledge Required

Education and Experience:

  • 3-5+ years of experience with all aspects of GIS projects including data collection, spatial analysis, map production, stakeholder engagement and presentations.
  • University or college degree, preferably in geography, landscape ecology, environmental management or a similar discipline.
  • GIS training, knowledge and experience is key. You must have extensive ArcGIS online and Web App builder experience.
  • Project manager extraordinaire: you are expert at managing multiple complex projects, tasks, timelines and budgets.
  • Proven ability in the planning and delivery of meetings, workshop and other events.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and quality including administrative and technical outputs. You are organized and consistently produce high quality work.
  • Knowledge and solid experience in the following areas of marine environment, protected areas, biodiversity and ecology.
  • Expert in summarizing complex information into briefing documents, maps, meeting/workshop notes, progress reports and presentations for diverse and non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, organizations and sectors.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities and traditional knowledge is an asset.

What You Get:

  • Being a part of a team of superstars.
  • Generous benefits package.
  • 4-day work week.
  • Amazing work culture with smart colleagues that really care.
  • An experience working in an organization with a focus on technology.

 Additional information

Please submit your cover letter and your resume online and submit your application by going to

The position will stay open until it is filled.  Only qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.

We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage women, Indigenous People(s), First Nations, Inuk/ Inuit and Métis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with different abilities to apply.

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