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Surveillance Analyst, Geographic Information Systems - BC Centre for Disease Control

Surveillance Analyst, Geographic Information Systems

BC Centre for Disease Control

Vancouver, BC


What you’ll do


  • Acquire surveillance, geographic data, and climate data from a diverse range of sources. Create new datasets based on queries and models against existing data using a combination of spatial analysis and relational database management system (RDBMS) tools. Design and write computer code and structured query language (SQL) data queries to capture, edit, process and summarize data.
  • Develop and maintain data collection and recording systems such as databases, spreadsheets, and websites, including a web based map server. Plan system development, enhancement, upgrades and maintenance. Develop and execute project plans for implementation. Identify and plan for data conversion routines and systems interfaces for public health information systems.
  • Identify and use analytic reporting tools to allow internal and external users to analyze data. Receive and respond to ongoing requests to evaluate data, systems, processes and procedures. Search out, reviews, and acquires data using methods such as researching historical and archival data, accessing on-line databases, performing interviews, and obtaining data from national, provincial and local agencies and individuals. Link data from various sources.
  • Monitor data quality in the information systems. Follow up with regional health authorities, BCCDC Laboratory Services, the BC Animal Health Centre, and other agencies, on missing, erroneous, and duplicate data to achieve high quality data. Correct data errors in a timely manner. Liaise in-person and via phone, email and teleconference with other departments or external organizations to ensure data integrity is maintained with other information systems. Document processes for these procedures.
  • Produce regular surveillance data summaries. Produce professional quality maps and figures for publication. Assist in the preparation of various materials such as briefing notes, presentations, summaries, papers or, in the preparation of data requests, by performing duties such as extracting, manipulating, analyzing, and summarizing data at the request of external organizations such as Health Canada, Ministry of Health, Health Data Warehouse, Health Authorities, First Nations, Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, and the Animal Health Centre.
  • Provide training to users on software applications. Define and document user needs and interprets requirements into solutions. Document resulting solutions, ensuring adequate backup resources. Provide user support for geographical and statistical software used by department staff.
  • Troubleshoot problems with the geographic information systems and consults with Information Management Department or application vendor to correct the problem. Act as a liaison to the Information Management Department to communicate the user needs regarding software and hardware installation, technical problem solutions, laptop requirements/maintenance, and virus control.
  • Maintain the BCCDC’s geographic web content on the Inter, Extra and Intra Nets. Recommends and implements changes to, and development of, web sites and web site content. Add links, documents, and graphics to the web site using HTML programming language. Maintain email distribution lists.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


What you bring




  • Bachelors Degree in Geography, Health Information Science, Science, or Computer Science or equivalent and three (3) years experience as a GIS analyst including one year experience using GIS in a health field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


You will also have


  • Demonstrated knowledge of GIS and spatial analysis.
  • Knowledge of standard software packages, spreadsheet, statistical, graphical, database, communication and web software.
  • Knowledge of PC systems and applications.
  • Familiarity with health-related terminology.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate related equipment
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.


Job Type: Regular, Full-Time
$41.81 - $43.33/hour

Location: 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4R4
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Requisition #


As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.




What we do


The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable diseases and promoting environmental health for the province of BC.


BCCDC is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:


PHSA and BCCDC are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.



ATTN: PHSA Employees:


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Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of September 27, 2023. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.


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Labor AgreementCommunity Subsector
Requisition #152665E-2405612
Work Site655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4R4
Job TypeRegular, Full-Time
Salary/Rate$41.81 - $43.33 / Hour
Hours of Work900-1700
Work DaysMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Expiry Date18-Dec-2023

Privacy Policy

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) respects your right to privacy and takes seriously its responsibilities regarding the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of BC, section 26 (c). The personal information that we collect from you or about you when applying for a job with PHSA will be used to assess your qualifications and suitability as a potential employee of PHSA, as well as for the purposes of recruitment and onboarding. We may also collect and use additional personal information provided by you or your references in the course of the evaluation and hiring process that will become part of your employment file if you are a successful candidate.

Your contact information, education and experience, desired job location and pay information, eligibility and availability, core skills, job functions, getting to know you responses, resumes, cover letters, references, pre-screening questionnaire responses and job application history is recorded in PHSA’s third-party applicant tracking system (“Brainhunter”)in Canada indefinitely and will be shared with our staff on a “need to know” basis. If you require access to your data, PHSA can provide a printout of your data and job application history. We do not sell or rent the information you provide to us to third parties. However, we do contract with a service provider to assist us in maintaining and managing our databases and to communicate with job applicants. We do not authorize this third party to make any other use of your information.

The service provider (“Brainhunter”) allows the option for you to delete your account after signing into the system. Before deletion you are advised with a warning. Your record is permanently purged / deleted from the respective site and the record will not be available in any searches. The job will have only the respective application information that you made previously.

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Your information is protected using technical and administrative security measures to reduce the risks of loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure and alteration. Some of the safeguards used are firewalls, intrusion detection, physical access controls to our data centres, and information access authorization controls.

Personal information will be used by authorized staff only to fulfil the purpose for which it was originally collected or for a use consistent with that purpose. We do not disclose your personal information to other public bodies, third parties or individuals except as required or authorized by law or with your consent. View our PHSA Privacy Policy for more information.

If you have any questions about the management of your personal information during the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at 604-875-7251, toll free 1-866-744-7363 or #260 – 1770 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V6J 4Y6. You may also contact External Recruitment at