Apply your specialized knowledge and skills in this challenging and rewarding role. The GIS Forest Specialist is the data specialist for Burns Lake Community Forest (BLCF). As the GIS/Forest Specialist, you will conduct spatial and tabular data analysis and support BLCF on daily and annual operational goals.

The community forest was developed on the following founding principle: the benefit of all residents of the community as a whole.  Burns Lake is located in the heart of northern British Columbia, about 222 km west of Prince George on Highway 16.  There are six local First Nations communities with an approximate population of 3,332. Burns Lake Community Forest is on the leading edge of technological utilization in Community Forestry, from application of LiDAR to utilization of Drone and mobile/tablet technology. We are the first, and one of the largest community forests at just over 92,000ha in the province of British Columbia. We are also FSC certified.

This is a permanent full-time opportunity with competitive benefits and salary package.

As a GIS/Forest Specialist you will be using ESRI’s suite of GIS software including ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online and natural resources based tabular data managers such as Phoenix Pro, NRM (formerly referred to as Resources). As GIS/Forest Specialist you will be responsible for carrying out forest analysis, programming, and administering databases.  This is a diverse position with excellent opportunity for growth and development of your natural resources skills.

To be successful in this position, you will possess the following skills:

  • Ability to deal with multiple ongoing and complex projects, shifting priorities, and tight timelines
  • Experience with web mapping administration and strong ArcGIS and cartographic skills
  • Data collection methodologies and analysis techniques using drones and other mobile devices
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, and to develop effective working relationships with staff, public, community members, and clients at all levels of government including First Nations
  • Experience in preparation of cutting permit submissions, road permit submissions, and related other applications as required (RESULTS, FTA and ECAS ministry databases)
  • A good working knowledge of legal regulations and requirements pertaining to BC crown forest land operations and area base tenure administration.


Assets that will give you a competitive edge over other candidates:

  • A natural resource technical diploma or degree, specializing in Forestry or GIS
  • Experience in Forest Planning
  • Experience with Databases such as Survey Wizard, Plant Wizard, and CruiseComp
  • Eligibility for registration or registered with the Association of Forest Professional of British Columbia as an RPF or RFT

With the right combination of skills and experience, this position may be under-implemented. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Please send your cover letter and resume to

Attention:  General Manager     Subject line:       GIS/Forest Specialist Posting Deadline:      August 15th 4:30 p.m.