Overview

Software Engineer

Summary

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a software engineer to join the Release Engineering Team. Software engineers on the Release Engineering team steward the developer experience for our technical community.

We build development environments, maintain CI/CD infrastructure, and design tools and processes to support our technical community. We believe in integrity, quality, collaboration, and free and open source software.
Release Engineering is a remote team with six people spanning nine time zones.

You are responsible for:

  • Deploying Wikipedia and our other wikis
  • Helping design our continuous delivery system in GitLab
  • Using Docker to build development environments
  • Building our automated deployment pipeline
  • Upgrading and maintaining Release Engineering tools for our large developer user base:
    • CI/CD infrastructure: Jenkins, Zuul, Docker, GitLab
    • Code review: GitLab/Gerrit
    • Issue tracking: Phabricator/Phorge
    • Deployment tooling: Kubernetes/Helm

Being a role model for Wikimedia’s values

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in related work experience
  • Written and verbal English communication skills
  • Collaboration and consensus-making skills
  • Experience with systems/DevOps engineering and software
  • Experience with continuous integration/delivery (CI/CD) systems
  • Familiarity with server configuration management software (e.g., Ansible, SaltStack, Chef, or Puppet)
  • Familiarity with container image maintenance

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Professional experience with one or more of the following: Python, Go, PHP
  • Experience with Puppet

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Free culture/Free software experience
  • Remote work experience
  • You are inspired by our guiding principles and our mission
  • Familiarity with/involvement in the Wikimedia community
  • Experience with Phabricator/Phorge or GitLab
  • Experience maintaining other specific software systems we use: Jenkins, and Gerrit
  • Located within UTC+3–UTC-8 time zones

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at recruiting@wikimedia.org or +1 (415) 839-6885.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

  • Health Care Benefits Covered at 100%: We cover 100% of premiums for medical, dental and vision plans for all full time employees and eligible dependents
  • Wellness Reimbursement Program: Up to 1,800.00 USD per year for reimbursement for staff wellness expenses, such as gym fees, educational expenses, and more
  • Technology and Equipment Stipend: In addition to receiving a brand new laptop, monitor, & docking station, all new hires receive 600.00 USD stipend to set up their space for working virtually
  • Professional Development Program: Up to 750.00 USD reimbursement per year to encourage continuous learning through attending conferences, courses, workshops and the purchase of educational materials
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan: Employer match of up to 4% of employee contributions dollar for dollar with no vesting period
  • Paid Time Off: Generous paid time off policy of over 45 days, which includes: vacation days, at least one observed holiday a month, sick leave, and volunteer days
  • Flexible Schedules: Options available to balance your personal and remote-work life
  • Silent Fridays: No scheduled meetings so you can get caught up at the end of each week
  • New Parent Leave: Fully paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, and flexible options as you embark on your return to work
  • Fertility and Adoption Reimbursement Plan: Reimburses staff up to 5,000.00 USD in expenses per year, with a lifetime maximum of 10,000.00 USD
  • Assistance for those unexpected life events: Long and short term disability, life insurance, and an employee assistance program
  • Pre-tax Savings Plans: Generously funded health savings accounts (HSAs), pre-tax contribution options for health care, child care & elder care, public transportation and parking expenses

*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO (Professional Employee Organization) to ensure alignment with local labor laws.

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