Specialist, GIS/Database - (2145)

City of Whitehorse
City of Whitehorse
2121 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A1C2, Canada (Whitehorse, YT)
Full time
Hours / week:
35 hours/week
Wage / Salary:
Date posted:
Closing date:


Position Title
Specialist, GIS/Database

Hours Per Week
5 X 7 Hours

Guaranteed Minimum Hours

Start Date of Position

End Date (Temporary and Term)

Science & Related Occupation

$38.57 -$45.37

Status of Position
Permanent Full Time

City of Whitehorse

Position Description
Job posting closes: June 13th, 2024 at 5:00pm Yukon Standard Time 

At our core, the City of Whitehorse is committed to cultivating an inclusive employee community and workspace, confronting racism and biases for fairness and equity, while advancing reconciliation and accessibility.

The City promotes work life balance for its employees and offers flexible work arrangements, such as work from home and compressed work weeks, subject to applicable administrative directives.

An Eligibility List may be established from this competition – the duration of the eligibility list may be up to 12 months. The eligibility list may be used to fill future permanent full-time, permanent part-time, temporary full-time, temporary part-time, term or casual vacancies within the same department and classification based on the organizational needs by going to the next highest ranked candidate until the eligibility list expires.

This position is covered by a collective agreement between the City of Whitehorse and the Public Service Alliance of Canada/Yukon Employees Union. 

The City wishes to thank all applicants for their interest but only those candidates selected to advance in the recruitment will be contacted.  Note that only those candidates eligible to legally work in Canada will be considered.

GIS/Database Specialist

Job Code:053
Department: Business and Technology Systems

Job Summary:

The incumbent coordinates the Geographic Information System, administers database applications and develops applications for the City.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develops, implements and manages custom GIS applications for the organization
  2. Assist with data base management activities such as backup and recovery, tuning and performance evaluation.
  3. Develops, implements and manages the GIS system within the organization including planning, designing and maintaining GIS applications to meet the needs of users.
  4. Promotes the concept and use of GIS. throughout the organization and collaborates with departmental managers in assessing training requirements and develops, implements, evaluates and provides training programs.
  5. Creates and maintains database applications, queries and reports from the corporate database platforms (MS SQL, MySQL).
  6. Provides second level support for City Works, SharePoint, ERP and other corporate applications.
  7. Establishes standards and operating procedures for use of GIS and database applications, and ensures compliance.
  8. Coordinates conversion projects of corporate land-based information, Databases and Applications from various platforms and environments.
  9. Researches, tests and evaluates GIS software and concepts for compatibility with the hardware environment and recommends the future direction.
  10. Researches, tests and evaluates Applications, Databases and environments for compatibility with the Corporate environment and recommends the future direction.
  11. Develops and maintains standards for data backup and business continuity plans.
  12. Assists other members of the Information Systems department and other City departments with Databases, GIS and other Information Systems activities.
  13. Assists with the preparation of the annual, capital and 5 year budget for related capital projects.
  14. Follows, so far as is reasonably practicable, established safety procedures and standards.
  15. Acts as Manager, Business and Technology Systems as assigned.

Number of Hires Needed

Position Requirements
Working Conditions:

Required to work primarily inside. Extended periods of concentration required. Regular travel between City buildings required. May be exposed to dust, dirt and noise.

Required Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • 4 year University Degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • Previous Experience - 5 years related
  • On-the-job Experience – 6 months
  • Valid Class 5 Drivers’ License
  • Knowledge of Database platforms including, MS SQL Server, MySQL
  • Knowledge of Application development 
  • Knowledge of Geographical Information Systems

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

Examples of Equipment to Operate:

Computer with applications including Windows, Database Platforms (MySQL, SQL Server), GIS Applications (MapInfo, etc.), Office Applications (Outlook, Word, Excel), Internet and Computer equipment.

Accommodation Requests: 

Shortlisted candidates who require accommodation or have accessibility needs during the selection process are encouraged to reach out to the Recruiter and make requests to ensure their full participation. The City of Whitehorse is committed to reviewing requests and making arrangements for reasonable accommodation and accessibility requests. You may email to name of recruiter @whitehorse.ca and careers@whitehorse.ca.

Employment Contract
YEU Local Y046

Additional Information:
Other Details: Job seekers are required to create an online profile and submit their application electronically through the City's online Applicant system via www.whitehorse.ca/careers. Instructions on applications are provided at https://www.whitehorse.ca/our-government/employment/how-to-apply/. If you have any further questions regarding this posting, please contact the recruiter at HR@whitehorse.ca. To apply for this position, you are required to submit your resume. Various tests and/or exams may be administered as part of the recruiting process. At the time this posting closes, candidates must have valid and current licenses/certifications/education that match the position requirements. Candidates who are selected to continue with the recruiting process will be required to provide proof of qualifications during their interview\
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