Airborne Operations Specialist



Calgary, AB, Canada
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

GHGSat offers greenhouse gas detection, measurement, and monitoring services to industrial and government customers around the world. Our company uses its own satellites and aircraft sensors, combined with third-party data, to help industrial emitters better understand, control, and mitigate their emissions.

GHGSat’s capability is unique: we provide high-resolution, local measurements of atmospheric methane concentration from space and from airborne platforms. This enables us to identify & locate greenhouse gas emitters and to visualize and quantify their emissions.

GHGSat’s airborne instruments and all airborne operations are based out of our Calgary office. The airborne instruments are installed in various small fixed-wing airplanes.

As the demand for our airborne services increases, we are looking to add support to our airborne team. The Airborne Operations Specialist will work closely with the Calgary Airborne operations team to perform airborne data collection and processing using GHGSat’s instruments which are installed in small fixed-wing airplanes conducting airborne campaigns. You can expect to be working in the field (Canada, US, and international) during aerial campaigns lasting for 2 – 4 weeks at a time. While deployed, you will be expected to work weekends if the conditions are adequate for data collection. You will also support other aspects of an airborne campaigns including preparing the equipment before a project, flight planning, installation & system checks, and data organization & validation.

You must be confident flying in small aircraft and be able to manage the challenges and responsibilities of field work.

Additionally, you may be required to assist in processing data collected using the suite of Earth observation instruments from our Calgary office when not deployed on aerial campaigns.


· Airborne operator of GHGSat airborne instruments.

· Installation of equipment into varying aircraft.

· Validating equipment installation and testing system functionality.

· Coordinating mobilization activities with aircraft providers.

· Operating, acquiring, and processing data during flight operations.

· Field QA/QC of acquired data. Data includes imagery and inertial/GNSS data.

· Flight planning support.

· Support data post processing and analysis.

Skills and Requirements:

· Interest in aviation and remote sensing.

· Strong communication skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

· Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to make robust decisions during field operations.

· Have a valid passport, or be able to obtain a valid passport within one month of start date.

· Be available for field work and travel (Canada, USA, and international) for 2 to 4 weeks at a time.

· Must be able to obtain Canadian Controlled Goods security clearance.


· Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, geography or relevant.

· 1+ year of experience working on technical field projects.

· Experience working in airplanes or helicopters is an asset.

· Experience in Linux operating systems is an asset.

· Data processing, remote sensing/GIS experience, or electronics experience is an asset.


  • Competitive salary + stock options for all full-time employees
  • Health/Dental benefits
  • Parental leave
  • Paid Time Off + floating statutory holidays
  • Flexible work environment
  • Exciting mix of open-source and proprietary tech stack

GHGSat offers a creative and highly-motivating work environment. We offer competitive salaries, health and social benefits including flex-time and continuing development. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. GHGSat is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other legally protected status. If you would like to request an accommodation, please notify your recruiter.

Only selected candidates will be contacted.