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Senior Software Engineer, Terraso - Temporary - React Native

Tech Matters is seeking a senior software engineer experienced with React Native on a temporary basis to work on the first release of a re-written app for soil identification and land use planning (LandPKS).  Soil ID by LandPKS is part of the Terraso platform, an open source project delivering critical software tools to empower communities around the world to adopt sustainable practices addressing the climate change crisis and improving human welfare. We support community leaders to organize, fund, and execute activities to sustain and regenerate human welfare and ecosystem health. 


We are building and curating tools to help people with: 

  • Data: collecting, sharing, analyzing, and visualizing data 
  • Mapping: monitoring vegetation, water, and soil quality 
  • Learning: sharing sustainable practices with fellow practitioners 


This role is for you if you: 

  • are curious, thoughtful and critical 
  • enjoy being part of building something new 
  • excel at collaborating with people with a wide range of talents 
  • have informed opinions on your craft and a willingness to both take feedback and advocate for the integrity of your work 
  • are comfortable taking on ownership and responsibility 
  • believe in the mission of Tech Matters [1] 


In this role, you will: 

  • facilitate team discussions about how to build features 
  • deliver performant, supportable, high quality code and features 
  • collaboratively define, scope, prioritize, and estimate work 
  • review code and provide thoughtful, constructive feedback during code reviews 
  • inspire the best in those you work with 
  • prioritize inclusion of diverse perspectives, making sure they are built into our development process, feature selection, open source code and documentation 


You could be a great candidate for this role if you have: 

  • five years of professional software development experience 
  • a strong understanding of React Native for the delivery of mobile apps 
  • experience consuming third-party APIs 
  • fluency with the command line and git 
  • knowledge of testing, profiling, and debugging practices 
  • attention to detail and a willingness to take time to think things through and do them the right way 
  • excellent communication, organization, and prioritization skills 


We’d be particularly delighted to hire someone who: 

  • has worked with geospatial data 
  • is interested in or experienced with conservation and sustainability 
  • developed and maintained open source software 
  • designed and deployed APIs 


We don’t require: 

  • any particular credentials, whether educational, experiential, or title-related 
  • prior nonprofit experience 
  • prior remote work experience 


Our Stack 

  • we use React Native for Android and iOS app development 
  • we use React for our web frontend and Django to power a GraphQL API 
  • we use PostgreSQL, Docker containers and AWS S3 
  • we use GitHub Actions for CI/CD workflows 


Our Team 

  • The overall Terraso team is 10 people. We are still in startup mode and every individual makes a big impact. You would report to our Director of Engineering. 
  • We are a remote-first, distributed team across the Americas. You can work from anywhere in these time zones. We have core overlap hours of 12-5pm Eastern Time, which is flexible day-to-day. 
  • We do a lot of coordination asynchronously, so writing is important. While we seek to keep meetings to a minimum, we run short weekly standups and have other meetings to develop a sense of community even while far apart physically. 

  1. https://techmatters.org/who-we-are/

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