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Data Steward

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Data Steward


#991882.1 PEA - Term

Start Date 7/2/2019; End Date 6/30/2022

Salary Grade $64,167.00 - $83,460.00 

University of Victoria and Ocean Networks Canada

The Data Steward is primarily responsible for acquiring, verifying and maintaining metadata and data for ONC. Properly curated data is critical for scientific and non-scientific users to understand, interpret and analyze the information collected via the instruments on the network operated by ONC. ONC’s primary mission to maintain long time series data sets cannot be achieved without robust and accurate metadata. Secondary duties include field and at-sea support during infrastructure maintenance operations that occur multiple times a year for up to four weeks duration, or day and multi day trips.


The successful candidate will have at a minimum a Master's Degree in Information Science, Computer Science or related field, and 3 years of experience working in a related discipline. Other requirements include:

  • Demonstrated experience with metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies, linked data;
  • Experience with web-services for scientific data discovery and delivery;
  • Experience with digital content management tools;
  • Experience with metadata and data manipulation;
  • Expertise with geospatial and oceanographic community conventions and standards;
  • Familiarity with XML, RDF, NetCDF tools and formats;Ability to program in Python, Matlab, R, or other scripting languages;
  • Fluent in the use of SQL-based database access tools;
  • Basic knowledge of scientific instrumentation and measurements;
  • Familiarity with international meta data standards and practices and their creation.

Additional assets for this position include a demonstrated interest in ocean sciences and/or Earth sciences, familiarity with problem and project tracking software such as Jira, Bugzilla or equivalent, and experience with oceanographic expeditions.

Equivalent combinations of education, training, and/or experience may be considered.

Posted: May 8, 2019
Closes: July 7, 2019