Backend Developer

Digital Democracy is looking for a backend developer with 5 years experience to join our small, remote team on a 6-month contract (with potential long-term) starting as soon as possible. You will help build offline-first decentralized open-source mobile and desktop mapping apps for remote and marginalized communities to document, map, monitor, manage and report information on environmental and human rights issues around the world. With flexible hours and the opportunity to work where and when best fits your schedule, you will be playing a key role at a ground-breaking organization. You have the opportunity to make a big impact in a small team by contributing to the revamp and redesign of our backend modules.

We’ve seen firsthand that change does not come from technology, but from how people use it. We are building tools our partners are using to achieve transformative change. We are dedicated to working towards a world where all people can participate in the decisions that govern their lives.

What we’re looking for

You will work with our growing, small high-impact team of engineers, a designer, and a product manager to lead the development of the peer-to-peer database that powers our mobile and desktop mapping apps. You will work closely with the front-end team to build backend features to meet user requirements on a regular release cycle.

Our team takes a collaborative approach to tool-building and decision-making with our partner communities. You would be building tools that will be tested and used by our partners to confront real problems on the ground in the Amazon and around the world: Protection of the world’s forests and their ancestral homelands from deforestation and contamination. We need someone who can think creatively and collaboratively to solve these problems.

The Role

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Our Team

Our small but growing team is based in Montreal & Squamish, Canada; New York, DC Metro Area & Washington State, USA; Barcelona, Spain; Goiás, Brazil; Lima, Peru; Hastings & Edinburgh, U.K. and we welcome candidates from around the world, especially South America. We embrace distributed working, and are happy for you to work from where you live. The Indigenous communities we work with have lived through colonization and deal with its effects everyday, along with marginalization and discrimination against their language and culture. It is therefore particularly important that we build a diverse team with individuals who understand and empathize with their situation. Indigenous people, people of color, women, LGBTQ folk and others who identify as coming from a marginalized identity are strongly urged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

How to Apply

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