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Software Development Engineer

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Earth Economics Tacoma and Seattle, WA
United States

Software Development Engineer
Earth Economics is seeking a full-time Software Development Engineer who also
possesses strong database engineering skills for a team building the world’s largest database,
website and computational engine for calculating the economic value of ecosystems and their
services (see http://eartheconomics.org/Page150.aspx for more details).

This is an extraordinary opportunity for someone who wants to help create a tool that will
literally change how we value the Earth.

Responsibilities & Specific Duties:

  • Develop full suite of web-based tools on Amazon Web Services
  • Design business intelligence and site analytics modules, reports, and dashboards
  • Implement guest and paid user accounts, profiles, storage and security
  • Implement secure connectivity with third party services
  • Ensure that all code is fully internationalizable and in compliance with appropriate
    security, ISO and accounting standards
  • Define and publish APIs
  • Design and tune the RDMBS
  • Create, test, and maintain streamlined systems for CRUD, capacity planning and management, code version control, backup and disaster recovery, and implement
    automated process, task, and monitoring tools
  • Respond quickly to bug reports and new feature requests
  • Work closely with Project Manager and team on scoping, scheduling, tracking, and
    communicating progress of work
  • Assist in coordinating the work of other development team members

Minimum Qualifications and Education:

  • 3+ years as full-time SDE, and familiarity with full product life cycles
  • Experience with one or more of C++/Java/C#, and two or more of
    Python/PHP/Perl/Javascript/RoR, and proficiency with one or more of the above.
  • Experience in design and deployment of databases
  • Experience in *NIX environments, and fluidity with shell scripting and regular
  • Strong security skills
  • Adept at Agile software development
  • Experience with database design and modeling tools such as ERwin
  • Enthusiastic and positive can-do attitude and enthusiasm for fast-paced collaborative
  • Passion for making a real difference in the world
  • Ability to travel / carpool to Tacoma once or twice weekly for staff meetings (core dev
    team is based in Seattle area)
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally to attend or present at conferences

Additional Qualifications:
The ideal applicant will have 3 or more of the following qualifications:

  • BS or higher in CS, EE, Math, Statistics or related technical fields
  • 1+ year experience with Amazon Web Services
  • 1+ year experience with Google Maps, KML and Fusion Tables
  • Deep knowledge of XML
  • Strong Perl scripting skills
  • Experience designing and deploying Business Intelligence tools and dashboards
  • Experience with security and accounting audits
  • Familiarity with Statistical / Econometrics software (e.g., S, R, SAS, SPSS / Stata, Eviews,
  • Coursework, degree(s), publications or equivalent experience in econometrics or
    environmental / geophysical sciences

Application materials:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in and fit for the position and project
  • Resume
  • 2-4 SDE project examples with description of your roles, responsibilities and
  • Please include your solution to this [commonly asked] question: "In the programming
    language of your choice, write the code that detects whether a single-linked list has
    loops." Include a couple of sentences explaining your choice of language and your
    implementation. Also include your thoughts on potential improvements.
  • 3 professional references

To apply, submit all application materials in a single email with your full name and “Software Developer” in the subject line to [email protected].

About Earth Economics:
Earth Economics (EE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Tacoma, Washington USA,
with a Seattle-area based development team.
We’re a visionary organization that has been working for over ten years to transform the way
the Earth is valued. We currently provide custom reports, economic and policy analysis and
training for a wide range of local, national and international NGOs, businesses, and
governments. EE is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive benefits package, schedule and telecommuting flexibility. New team members become part of multicultural
teams at EE and have the opportunity to work with diverse constituencies around the world.
For more information, please visit http://www.eartheconomics.org .


Earth Economics Tacoma and Seattle, WA
United States