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Folks, we are hiring, not one, but two positions on our team of nature nerds, and we'd definitely like to see some applicants from our own community.

UX Designer

Alas, Joelle decided to move on to greener pastures this summer, so we are looking for someone to fill her shoes. Our designer works with our team on a variety of tasks, including visual design, interaction design, user research, and visual asset development (e.g. icons, logos, promotional material). In the past, our designer has worked closely with engineers to develop and refine new features, and, like all members of the team, our designer participates in new product development discussions. Ideally, we're looking for someone with at least a few years of professional experience, and we'd prefer someone based in the San Francisco Bay Area (but will consider folks from elsewhere). Experience with visual and interaction design for software is a must, strength in information visualization and iconography a big plus.

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Software Engineer

We're looking for a coder with Javascript experience, particularly with React and React Native. This person would be pioneering the use of React Native for new mobile projects (particularly Seek), and most likely working on front-end React applications on the website. Knowledge of native iOS and Android development environments would very useful too, as would basic web development experience. Again, our preference is for candidates in the Bay Area, but we'll certainly consider folks from elsewhere (we all work from home most of the time, two of our staff are in the eastern US, and @budowski is an international man of mystery, so we're pretty comfortable with remotes).

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Anyway, if this sounds like you, please apply, and if it sounds like someone you know, please tell them to apply! And of course, please share on social media!

Also, the elephant seals barely visible in the background of the photo are not on the team. You don't get to work with elephant seals, sorry.

Posted on 18 July, 2018 20:12 by kueda kueda


Wish I were younger and more intelligent and made different life choices. Whoever is hired... I know they will be the best folks possible for the iNat community.

Posted by connlindajo almost 6 years ago

This is exciting! Not that i'm qualified (and i can't be lured out of my Vermont wetlands anyway) but great to see iNat expanding!

Posted by charlie almost 6 years ago

Oh, if only!

Posted by star3 almost 6 years ago

Please add the names of the people in the photo!

Posted by kcoxau79 almost 6 years ago

I agree with @kcoxau79 . Would love to know the ID's of these folks....
In fact, I had pointed out to my son earlier this evening that I had met an iNat originator in Austin TX. When I mentioned the name, he remembered corresponding with this guy regarding an iNat account for my granddaughter. Just wondering if my photo recognition is correct!

Posted by connlindajo almost 6 years ago

@kcoxau79 and @connlindajo - See if you can match the people in this photo with our staff page here: Hint: one of us is not a rattlesnake. :-)

Posted by tiwane almost 6 years ago

Hiring anyone with MA level international relation experience? Lol

Posted by codyhough almost 6 years ago

I wish "Experience with visual and interaction design for software is a must" could be changed to "Interest in visual and interaction design for software is a must".

Posted by colinpurrington almost 6 years ago

Ok, if my son (who worked at EA) could teach me all that stuff in a week or so, do you think I'd have a chance?

Posted by mamestraconfigurata almost 6 years ago

No elephant seals?! Sorry--deal breaker.

Posted by jeffreymichalsbrown almost 6 years ago

Sounds like there's also a space for an elephant seal, then? I could get my pinniped certification finished up pretty quick!

Posted by sea-kangaroo almost 6 years ago

Originally I was going to lie about my qualifications in order to work with the Elephant Seals, but when I learned that I wouldn't actually be working with Elephant Seals I scrapped that plan.

Posted by jpviolette almost 6 years ago

who cares about the elephant seals, someone try to key out that rhizomitous grass that @tiwane is kneeling on

Posted by charlie almost 6 years ago

ohh man I wish you were hiring a Colombian Photographer, living in Ecuador and passionate about nature ;)

Posted by likaon almost 6 years ago

I'd be happy to help you find some qualified candidates. Find me on Facebook or Linked In and I will share your job postings.

Posted by rayosborne almost 6 years ago

wish I was related to these fields :( sniff sniff

Posted by diegoalmendras almost 6 years ago

I'm applying! Hope to get a chance to meet you all. :)

Posted by weekelpie over 5 years ago

Call me if you big enough to need an own company doctor ;).

Posted by martingrimm over 5 years ago

Good Luck! A species density calculator would be nice.

Posted by josephraymond over 5 years ago

any posibility to hire someone who would make it possible for us iNtrlsts to upload more than one pic to aid identification of difficult species?

Posted by maphisad over 5 years ago

@maphisad When you're adding observations from the website, drag one photo on top of another photo to combine two or more photos into a single observation. You can also add additional photos by editing an existing observation --see the top right corner of this page where it says Edit, or you can also click the +camera icon underneath the photo.

Feel free to message me if you have questions. You can also ask questions at the iNaturalist Google Group!forum/inaturalist

Posted by bouteloua over 5 years ago

thanks @bouteloua, I always thought there must be a way lol

Posted by maphisad over 5 years ago

For those of you who are more scientists than devs / designers, there's also;jsessionid=755B728AA6DCDC2DAAA3873340145AA7?ajid=xbxZ8 (not on the iNat team, but close).

Posted by kueda over 5 years ago

Love iNaturalist & the work you all are doing! How does the software QA process work for your web & mobile apps? Do you have folks "in-house"?

Posted by chelseahl over 4 years ago

Uh, we're pretty unsystematic about QA, as I'm sure you're all aware. We're a nine-person team, so we don't have anyone fully dedicated to QA. We do internal testing before rolling out features that will affect a lot of people, and for the mobile apps we have beta programs that provide some info about potential issues, but aside from that, we just try to fix problems quickly... which never seems quick enough, but such is life.

Posted by kueda over 4 years ago

Love this honesty. With nine people, you do a great job @kueda. I would love to have more functions in the Apple App, but I do not need it. Thanks for all the things you do. (I couldn't help at all, for sure...)

Posted by martingrimm over 4 years ago

Are you still looking for someone with UI/UX design and React experience?

Posted by jonathanr almost 3 years ago

@jonathanr, nope, we hired @abhasm and @albullington to fill those roles (which they have done and continue to do superbly, I might add) and aren't currently hiring. If you're interested in volunteering we have a number of open React-related issues on the website, and some issues in Seek too. If you'd like to write code, please read first.

Posted by kueda almost 3 years ago

If at some point you're hiring a Data Scientist I would love to be part of your team of nature nerds.

Posted by aramoni about 2 years ago

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