GIS Systems Administrator

Geoscience Australia
Canberra, Australia
Added: April 17, 2024

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About us

Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation. We are the nation's trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia. We apply science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia. We apply our diverse professional expertise, our deep and trusted knowledge, our national-scale Earth observation infrastructure and our strong partnerships, to the opportunities and challenges that face our nation.

Our culture

Our strength lies in our people, including our diversity in backgrounds, skills and experiences, and the way we work together to respond to the emerging needs of our work. We value diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experiences of our employees and are committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture that ensures everyone has equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress. Applications from people who reflect this diversity are encouraged.

Our workplace is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and offers a variety of flexible working arrangements to enhance flexibility, including remote working arrangements.

What we can offer you

When you work at Geoscience Australia you will have access to a range of benefits and the opportunity to experience a workplace culture that truly values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. To learn more about our competitive salary, free onsite parking, generous flexible working arrangements and the role you can play in growing our culture click here.

Our team

The Digital Science Platforms Section within the Enterprise Data and Digital branch delivers specialist geospatial information and software services that will enable Geoscience Australia to create and deliver its digital science data according to current best practice. The section consults with internal and external research, government, and industry partners, to establish collaborative frameworks, products and scientific system architectures and models within Geoscience Australia and across broader national and international communities of practice. The section innovates, builds, and maintains tools, systems, processes, and governance that enable digital data product creation, management, and delivery.

Our team provides enterprise-wide geospatial platforms and services for internal and external clients (both propriety and open source). The team provide advice on the current geospatial landscape and provides direction of geospatial products into the future. The team are also responsible for the development, management, and implementation of cloud standards in collaboration with business owners across the organisation.

The role

The GIS Systems Administrator is responsible for managing and maintaining our current enterprise GIS environments and services to support the needs of Geoscience Australia and its stakeholders. This involves managing the support and administration of GIS platforms, services, and products, and curating and managing daily support and management needs.

The role requires a unique blend of technical expertise in managing spatial systems, optimising functionality and performance of technology.

In this role you will:

  • Oversee and perform daily routine activities to support the enterprise GIS environment, including environment health checks, support users or teams with geospatial systems and solutions.
  • Ensure availability, reliability, and performance of ArcGIS Enterprise, FME and other spatial products and services (XTools, QGIS, ENVI)
  • Lead projects to improve capabilities related to GIS administration.
  • Contribute to the agency’s geospatial capability strategies and capability improvement planning.
  • Play a lead role in maintaining and updating the architecture/design for GIS systems/platforms.
  • Assist the Spatial Platforms Manager to provide leadership, direction, and management for GIS capabilities for the agency.
  • Administer ArcGIS Enterprise, including regular maintenance, software upgrades when relevant and coordinate stakeholders to schedule and execute with minimal disruption to users.
  • Administer proactive user access and licence management to GIS systems ensuring appropriate product selection, permissions and security measures are in place.
  • Provide specialist expertise and guide the direction of current and future technology and software for GIS and supporting technologies.
  • Maintain comprehensive documentation, including configuration settings, procedures, and troubleshooting guides.

To be successful in the role you will:

  • Demonstrated experience and competency with ESRI ArcGIS pro, ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise technology as well as open-source products.
  • A strong understanding of GIS principles, spatial data management, and relevant software tools is essential and should be proficient in configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting GIS systems.
  • The ability to analyse complex issues, identify root causes, and develop innovative solutions.
  • Provide technical expertise and support to ensure the reliability, security and scalability of GIS platforms and cloud infrastructure.

Required skills, knowledge, experience and/or qualifications

  • Tertiary or professional qualifications in digital, ICT, or geospatial technologies, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in ESRI technologies which include ArcGIS enterprise, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro etc and other associated spatial products and services (FME, XTool, QGIS, ENVI) and user workflows.
  • Understanding of spatial databases and data management techniques (ArcGIS Server, Geoserver, Oracle based DBs or schemas)
  • Administer user access to GIS systems ensuring appropriate product selection, licencing, permissions, and security measures are in place.
  • Experience in Python scripting programming and execution.


  • Experience with Agile methodologies (e.g. Jira) and/or experience with ITIL or other IT change management methodologies.
  • Experience working in cloud-based infrastructure and environment, preferably AWS

Are you unsure about applying?

Did you know that a Hewlett Packard internal report found that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60 per cent of the job requirements? Women and other people from diverse backgrounds tend to only apply when they check every box. If you think you have what it takes, but don’t necessarily meet every single point on what we are looking for, please still apply or get in touch with the contact officer to learn more about the role.

To Apply

Please visit the careers page of our website to submit your application via our e-Recruit system. Your application should include:

  • Your resume (no more than 3 pages)
  • A brief statement (no more than 700 words) outlining your transferable skills, experience and capabilities related to the role and the value you would bring to Geoscience Australia.

If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Rebekah Campbell on (02) 6249 5918 or email

To learn more about applying for roles within the Australian Public Services please review, ‘Applying for an APS job: cracking the code’.


To be eligible to apply for this position you must meet the below eligibility criteria.

  • Be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.
  • The successful applicant must be able to obtain, hold and maintain a security clearance of an appropriate level relevant to this role.
  • Commencement of employment is subject to the successful applicant undergoing and satisfying pre- employment screening, which includes a police history check.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the position. For more information please visit the Australian Public Service Commission website.

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Technical Assistance

If you require technical assistance, call Human Resources on (02) 6249 9777 or email

A merit list/pool may be created from this process. If you are successful for the merit pool, your details may be shared with other Australian Public Service agencies unless you choose not to have your details disclosed.