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Community Mapping Technician
 
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week) July 1st, 2017 - June 30th, 2018 Salary: Up to $33,000 depending on experience
 
Criteria for this Youth Intern Project position: ● Age: 18-34 ● Under-employed or currently unemployed ● Graduate of a recognized postsecondary institution within the past three years
 
Closing date:   31 May 2017  Tentative Interview date: 5 June 2017, COGS Tentative Orientation: 15 June 2017, COGS

WHO WE ARE
 
The Age Advantage Association​ is a non-profit organization located in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. Through the Annapolis Community Mapping project (accessible at ​www.mapannapolis.ca​)  we facilitate mapping, and community engagement services for an ever-growing variety of projects across Annapolis County. Its mission is to empower individuals and communities to galvanize  positive change to their local area through the use of mapping, geospatial technologies and the application of geographical information.
 
THE ROLE
 
The Age Advantage Association seeks a motivated individual to assist in the management of new digital-mapping initiative in support of community asset mapping. The mapping technician will provide direct technical support in the development, maintenance and management of the Annapolis Community Mapping project.  
 
This role provides a singular opportunity to develop and advance the work of the project across a  range of contrasting communities. The successful candidate will be involved in (but not limited to)  projects which facilitate ongoing mapping projects in addition to initiating new ones.  
 
Working closely with the Executive Director, the Community Mapping Technician will have the opportunity to shape the community mapping project, while benefiting from being part of the small  but dynamic project team.
 
The nature of the work undertaken by Annapolis Community Mapping Project is varied and includes some travel. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required as dictated by the schedule of  community group meetings.

Job Requirements:

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
● Responsible for the on-going spatial data maintenance and the generation of new mapping layers, web maps and web mapping applications and other information products;
● Maintain spatial metadata and a digital project inventory;
● Create and maintain a project wide  geodatabase and off-line data archive;
● Develop creative processes, standards and templates to expand and enhance new and existing GIS information and mapping products;
● Develop and implement data quality assurance and quality control reviews;
● Work collaboratively with community partners through the modes of participatory mapping to facilitate the process of collecting and representing information that is important to them in ways that inform and engage a wider audience;
● Provide technical expertise and troubleshooting to support community partners;
● Create and document procedures;
● Supporting requests for digital mapping information from community members;
● Develop and deliver high quality and accessible educational material tailored to specific target groups;
● Prepare regular status reports highlighting GIS/mapping activities;
● Liaise with faculty, community members and the executive director; ● Assist in organizing and delivering events such as talks, workshops, and roundtable discussions with community partners;
● Update the project website and social media with news about its work and progress of projects;
 
 
PERSON SPECIFICATION
 
SKILLS Essential
● Strong GIS skills using both online and offline mapping platforms
● Ability to problem solve and willingness to experiment with mapping technology
● Ability to design and deliver technical training workshops related to online mapping
● Good technical skills and use of Microsoft Office or similar software suites
● Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to give confident and persuasive public presentations
● Ability to adapt technical information to a non-technical audience
● Confident and effective in building relationships with different community partners working in small team and maintaining a strong network of contacts
● Excellent planning and organizational skills with the ability to effectively time manage complex projects 
● Work with minimal supervision, provide timely evaluations and reports on completed activities 
● A positive and energetic attitude
● A willingness to work evenings and weekends as required
 
KNOWLEDGE Essential
● Experience working with GIS and a solid understanding of map visualization
● Experience of developing cartographic material in both print and web content ● Experience of organizing and facilitating meetings and workshops
● Sensitivity to the cultural requirements of different communities
● Experience of monitoring project schedules and preparing progress reports
● Demonstrable ability to learn quickly and put this into action
● Experience of working and communicating effectively with multidisciplinary teams  within a project environment
 
KNOWLEDGE Desirable
● A knowledge of the aims and objectives of non-profit associations
● Experience using social media for public engagement
● Experience in managing websites
● Confident in exploring innovative ways to promote the work of the Age Advantage Association

APPLICATION PROCESS:

 To apply please send a CV to ​contact@mapannapolis.ca​ and a cover letter clearly outlining your  experience and why you'd be great at the role advertised
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Company Info

Centre of Geographic Sciences
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia (Canada)

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Web: http://www.cogs.ns.ca/

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