Free GIS Software

A while back I took over a website that had been owned by Paul Pringey in the USA. offers all kinds of free land management software, one of which is the flagship product fGIS. This is a fully functional geographic information system software package and it is 100% free.

It is capable of reading and editing ESRI ArcView shapefiles, displaying aerial photography, and has transparency capability. In other words this software has a lot of the functionality of software that costs $1500 – $2000.

The last public build of this software was in 2005 by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. I now have the distribution rights to this software so please feel free to download it. There is a complete set of instructions that come with the software, so you can be up and running in minutes.

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DNR NB is looking for a Resource Manager

Here are the details:

Department of Natural Resources

Resource Manager
Pay Band 5

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking an individual to fill the position of Resource Manager in Region 4, Edmundston.

As a member of the regional team and reporting to the Regional Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for: supervision of District Resource Supervisors; coordinating the delivery of the forest management, fish and wildlife management, and Crown land management activities as performed by District resource staff; the delivery of the regional forest fire and public education programs; establishing, delivering and monitoring long-term and annual work plans for district resource operations; monitoring annual district resource operating budget; participating in activities and issues related to recruitment, labour relations, classification, performance reviews, grievances, discipline, staff development, training and safety; managing regional and district offices administration and infrastructures, as well as maintaining an efficient asset management system. Travel as well as working irregular hours to complete assignments is also required.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in resource management or business administration with a minimum of five (5) years experience in resource management including supervisory experience; or a graduate of a recognized forest resource technical program with a minimum of eight (8) years progressively responsible experience in resource management, including supervisory experience. Technical knowledge and skills and a working knowledge of MS Outlook, MS Word, and MS Excel is also required.

Written and spoken competence in English and French is required. Please state your language capability on your application.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration. Please ensure that preferred language for assessment is identified on your resume.

ASSET QUALIFICATIONS: Preference may be given to candidates that: demonstrate related experience in forest fire management and/or natural resource management; participated in labour relations, negotiations, adjudications and/or mediations. Candidates should demonstrate on their application one or more of the asset qualifications in addition to the essential qualifications, as they may be required in order to be given further consideration.

BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES: The successful candidates will possess the following behavioural competencies: Developing Others, Effective Interactive Communication, Organizational Commitment, Results Orientation, and Team Leadership.

Salary: $51,194 to $71,474 per annum

We encourage applicants to apply on-line at or by mail at the following address by May 26, 2010 indicating competition number NR-10-05.

Department of Natural Resource
Human Resource Services
2nd Floor, Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre
1350 Regent Street
Fredericton, NB E3C 2G6

Telephone: (506) 453-2131
E-Mail address:

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we promote a scent-reduced environment.

We thank all those who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Apply online by clicking here

Alien Species Invasion

Professional Development Afternoon

Thursday, May 13th, 2010, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

K.C. Irving Theatre, Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre, Fredericton

David Mazerolle, Botantist, Mount Allison University: Invasive Plant Species
Kathryn Collet, Dept of Natural Resources: Aquatic Invasives
Edward Hurley, CFS, Atlantic Forestry Centre: Invasive Insects

3 CIF Continuing Education Credits, 9 ARPFNB CFE Credits