Human Footprint Lead

Posted Date: Oct 7, 2022
Application Deadline: Oct 21, 2022

Status: Closed

Competition No. - S104848750
Position Type - Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range - $62,321 to $85,429 per year
Grade - 09 Hours - 40.00

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position has a term length of 1 year plus 1 day with the possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed on our Benefits Overview page.


This is a hybrid role with a mix of remote and in-person at North Campus Edmonton. 

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.


Working in the ABMI's Geospatial Centre, the Human Footprint Lead is responsible for leading the ABMI's human footprint mapping unit and for providing Geographic Information System (GIS) support. This includes ongoing development of standards and technologies to advance the ABMI's human footprint mapping program; management of ABMI's human footprint mapping technologists; managing the technical relationship with external stakeholders involved in human footprint mapping for Alberta; and conducting relevant geospatial analysis. This position is also responsible for writing and producing reports describing the status of ABMI human footprint mapping program.


Leads and Manages Human Footprint Mapping Program 

Provides leadership and expertise related to provincial human footprint mapping including market development, product development, and knowledge dissemination.


  • Hiring, training, and supervising human footprint mapping and GIS technicians.
  • Develops and manages work plans related to GIS, physical disturbance and human footprint mapping
  • Identifies interdependencies and prioritizes work across multiple work plans.
  • Develops and manages policies and procedures for the ABMI’s human footprint mapping program.
  • Provides support to ABMI’s other centres on matters related to understanding and application of the human footprint mapping program.
  • Leads communication between the Geospatial Centre and Information Centre on human footprint reporting and data exchange.
  • Coordinates stakeholder and independent audits as requires.
  • Plans and coordinates professional development opportunities for GIS technicians.

Stakeholder Relationships and Market Development

Leads and facilitates stakeholder relationships and the development of marketing related to ABMI’s human footprint mapping program.


  • Develops and manages stakeholder relationships with respect to human footprint mapping including current and future data and knowledge products. This includes understanding information needs from key stakeholders including government, industry, and ENGO community. Key applications of product include regional and sub-regional and-use planning, cumulative effects management, watershed planning and municipal planning.
  • Represents ABMI at relevant workshops and meetings, for example on the Government of Alberta’s Human Footprint Monitoring Program Technical Team and Operations Team.
  • Provides feedback to stakeholders related to the status of human footprint monitoring.
  • Communicates with stakeholders and the general public on outcomes of ABMI’s human footprint work through written, visual and verbal means
  • Fosters and maintains an ongoing relationship with the ABMI’s other centres to ensure working knowledge of advancements in GIS and human footprint mapping.
  • Identifies opportunities for collaborations, improvements and additions to physical disturbance mapping in Alberta and Western Canada.

Undertakes Geospatial Work

Working independently, with ABMI staff, or other project collaborators, the Human Footprint Coordinator will conduct necessary geospatial work.


  • Conducts satellite and air photo interpretation of human footprint inventory for Alberta
  • Oversees and executes work on attributing features, including year of origin
  • Communicates strengths and limitations of human footprint data quality
  • Coordinates and conducts data analysis related to the production of the ABMI human footprint reporting and biodiversity analysis
  • Supports the ABMI’s GIS needs
  • Manages GIS metadata
  • Supports the ABMI’s Geospatial and Information Centres in managing public access to ABMI human footprint data and in responding to stakeholder queries about this product.
  • Stays up to date on new technologies and identifies new sources of data and information to continuously improve physical disturbance mapping and monitoring. 

Minimum Qualifications


  • Post secondary degree in GIS, remote sensing, geoscience, natural resource science, or related discipline. An asset would be a MS in GIS, remote sensing, geoscience, natural resource science or related discipline.


  • Greater than 2 years of working experience in the field of GIS or remote sensing with excellent organizational, writing and interpersonal skills. Effective leadership and people management skills are required
  • Education and experience equivalencies may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Commitment to ABMI’s values, vision and mission;
  • Long-term career interest in sustainable resource management and environmental monitoring;
  • Experience in project management and people management;
  • Experience in mapping physical disturbances using geospatial methods;
  • Self-motivation;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • A proactive approach to managing problems;
  • Ability to adapt and evolve as required;
  • An interest in learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with biodiversity or natural resource management;
  • Environmental sciences;
  • An interest in public policy and politics;
  • Post-secondary degree in communications or related discipline

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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