Geospatial Data Scientist

Posted Date: Sep 4, 2020
Application Deadline: Sep 18, 2020

Status: Closed

Competition No:  S106138158D1
Position: Geospatial Data Scientist
Department: Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute
Faculty: Science

This position is for 1 year with the possibility of being renewed and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The University of Alberta (Department of Biological Sciences) and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) have developed a research partnership. This long-term initiative will make Alberta a world-leader in the field of biodiversity monitoring and research. Designed to track changes in biodiversity across the entirety of Alberta for the next 100 years, this program provides Albertans the ability to make informed decisions about the state of their environment in ways never before possible. 

Working with the ABMI’s Geospatial, Science, and Information Centers, the Geospatial Data Scientist is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and management of geospatial data analyses that support the ABMI's goal of enhancing environmental monitoring and reporting across the province.  This includes, but is not limited to applying machine learning and big data exploration to support geospatial needs related to scientific analysis of ABMI’s species, habitat and human footprint data and data products.  The Geospatial Data Scientist is responsible for developing and implementing geospatial data analysis approaches to produce layers that will support environmental monitoring at regional and provincial scales.  The Geospatial Data Scientist will interact with the ABMI’s staff on matters related to project/task management, data and knowledge analyses, QA/QC processes, and big data processing issues.  The ABMI is looking for an outstanding Geospatial Data Scientist with ability to collaborate on strategic natural resource monitoring initiatives through gathering, processing and analysis of wide range of big geospatial data.


  • Primary duties involve the development and implementation of data processing and analysis of wide range of big geospatial data, including but not limited to large scale optical, radar, and LiDAR datasets for developing landcover and habitat monitoring system
  • Strong hands-on expertise with big data processing and visualization and applications of cloud computing environment (e.g., Google Earth Engine) and machine learning for big data analyses   
  • Strong ability to investigate and apply emerging geospatial analytical approaches to landscape and biodiversity monitoring that will be integrated other environmental information produced by the ABMI to facilitate environmental monitoring in Alberta
  • Strong ability to coordinate and undertake quality assurance on work prior to passing it on and coordinate independent audits as required
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills for effective and efficient interaction with ABMI staff and public when required
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to work independently or within project teams of various sizes
  • Ability to work with various project management approaches, depending on project nature and scope
  • Strong ability to summarize and export required geospatial information as required for analyses and distributing information to other ABMI staff, key stakeholders and public
  • Provides support to ABMI's other centres on matters related to understanding and application of big geospatial data analyses to improve the work quality and solutions


  • Graduate degree in geospatial sciences, remote sensing and natural resource sciences preferred (desirable training and skills include but are not limited to Data Science and big geospatial data analyses); minimum of a Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of five years of geospatial data science work experience and strong hands-on experience with geospatial analysis and applied geospatial statistics
  • Proficient and thorough understanding of geospatial science, remote sensing, and spatial analysis principles and applications
  • Familiar with a variety of technologies capable of processing of large spatial data (i.e., Google Earth Engine) with training and skills that include but are not limited to a variety of technologies capable of storing spatial data (i.e., ArcSDE, SQL Server, etc.)
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong planning ability and demonstrated strategic thinking
  • Team oriented with excellent relationship-building skills
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, adapt to rapidly shifting priorities and manage projects from start to completion

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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