Aerial Active Transportation Surveyor – Sneckdown and IceBridge Survey

WINNIPEG, Manitoba
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The new Winnipeg Sustainable Transportation Winter Aerial Survey promises a unique view of how a city's inhabitants use sidewalks, parks, rivers, bikeways and roads. We're on the hunt for sneckdowns, ice bridges and the sloppy desire lines we all leave behind. Using aerial drones to map the traces we leave in the snow, and computers to stitch, compile and share them, we can capture a view only rarely captured for planning purposes. Shared broadly, this view will facilitate analysis by government planning and researchers everywhere.

Tracking animals of all kinds is easier in the winter. Humans are no exception. Whether we are in cars, riding bikes, on foot,  skating, laying in toboggans or leaving the rest behind on skis, our tracks don't lie. This project will begin to fulfill a dream of being able to repeatedly unveil the secrets snow tries to share when it emphasizes the desire lines we can't help sharing. Ice bridges that appear only in the winter - when out on a map - give clear clues to where to build a brick and mortar one next. Snow has solutions. Sneck downs are examples of the short-lived traces left behind by humans behind four wheels. Those images are often unequalled in their ability to demonstrate the amount of space unnecessarily reserved for private automobiles. Those might very well become the next patio or bike lane.

The results of the survey will be shared widely though online mapping and the process well-documented so that other cities may be able to copy us and follow in our snowy footsteps.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Delivering a detailed aerial winter survey of agreed upon area of Winnipeg in an easily-viewed interactive online format
  • Applying for and procuring all necessary permits
  • Final report
  • Other deliverables as mutually agreed upon

Knowledge and skills

  • Professional aerial drone photography piloting experience
  • Working on knowledge of Geographic Information Systems ie. ESRI, QGIS
  • Familiarity with digital map publishing, tiling, OSM
  • Slack, Email, Trello
  • Love of the outdoors.
  • Environmentally minded.

Education required

Software and technology experience is must.
Some post-secondary learning in a related field preferred.

Certification required


Eligibility criteria

Qualified interns are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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