Senior Software Engineer

HIRING MANAGER
John White

Birda Co-Founder & CEO. Helping connect people with the environment, one birder at a time πŸ¦…

POSITION STATUS

This position has been filled

πŸ“„ Summary

  • React Native (iOS + Android)
  • Some design flair / animation / shiny things very helpful
  • Work in conservation while still paying your bills
  • Mostly remote, a few days a fortnight in London (Kings Cross) for collaboration and socialising
  • Contact: dom@birda.org

πŸ¦‰ About Birda

Our purpose is to help people experience the natural world so that they’ll fight to protect it. We are building a birding app for anyone who is curious about the living world. Enabling people to record and share their birding experiences so that they can motivate themselves and others to spend more time outside.

Think ‘Strava for Birdwatching’. Even in 2022, a birder’s main field tool is a notebook. We know we can do better than that. We are building an app that will enhance the humble notebook by digitally logging bird sightings (in the field or at home), adding GPS-enabled mapping, gamified challenges, badges and social features too. Like ‘Pokemon Go’ but with birds, in real life.

We’ve been going since Jan 2022 and are growing quickly. We launched in Europe and Southern Africa and rolled out in the US in September 2022 and then globally shortly thereafter. We move quickly but take a great deal of care and responsibility in what we do, quality matters to us and so does our users’ data security.

The team is currently made up of:

  • πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό John – CEO and spreadsheet menace
  • πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Natalie – Design queen
  • πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’» Dom – CTO
  • πŸ’β€β™€οΈSilvia – UX/UI wiz
  • πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ€ Dave – Senior Software Engineer
  • πŸ§” Tim – Associate Software Engineer
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ”¬ Morgan – Associate Software Engineer
  • πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Sarah – Community Engagement Manager

πŸ”­ What we are looking for

We need some React Native expertise to help us accelerate the development of our mobile app. Mobile experience is essential, you will be used to dealing with App Store weirdness and handling cross-platform issues with native API’s.

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We do have a product designer but it’s important that you have a eye for design and interactivity, you’ll be able to contribute all the little animations and other touches that make for a high-quality experience as well as to advise on relevant mobile UX paradigms. You should have a portfolio of work that we can talk through.

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The team is small, so it would be great if you could help with the odd minor server-side tweak (we are a full stack javascript shop) too. No worries if that’s not you right now – we can help with that.

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You are good at your job and care about the quality of your work. You know that tools like automated tests are the best way of delivering great code.

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As much as all of that stuff is true, it’s equally true that you’ll need an interest in conservation and nature. You don’t need to be a full-on bird-nerd but outside should be your happy place.

πŸ“± Tech stack

You don’t need to have all of these exact things, we value your skills over specific experience.

Mobile

  • react native
  • typescript
  • expo
  • jest
  • apollo graphQL
  • sqlite
  • tailwindcss
  • eslint & prettier
  • circleCI

Server

  • nodejs
  • typescript
  • apollo graphQL
  • postgres
  • postGIS
  • GCP
    • PubSub
    • Cloud Vision
    • BigQuery
    • Cloud functions
    • Data studio
    • Text to Speech
  • eslint & prettier
  • circleCI

πŸ’΅ / πŸ’š What we give in return

Your life is too precious to spend it making something that doesn’t matter. Many of the greatest challenges that all humans will face both now and in the future will involve managing climate change. Encouraging an appreciation of the natural world is a small but vital part of rising to these challenges. We believe that getting people excited about the plants and animals that inhabit our planet will lead to people making different decisions about how they lead their lives.

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Of course, you can’t pay your rent / mortgage / deliveroo habit on good feelings so we’ll be paying a respectable salary. We won’t be able to compete with banks or large tech companies though, so our mission will need to matter to you.

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We have an employee-friendly (gradual vesting, long exercise period) stock options grant. If you stick with us, you’ll share in any success we achieve. It’s still very early days for us which means that the amount of equity on offer will be meaningful – it’s your baby too.

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Flexible working – if you need to bail early to make the school run, that’s not a problem. Work when you are productive. For Dom that’s 6.00 in the morning but he’s weird πŸ™„.

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There’s all the usual holiday (we’ll make you take it too) and equipment stuff too. Although not every startup has loaner DSLR’s πŸ˜‰.

🦠 Post-pandemic working

We are still figuring this out ourselves. We’ve all been working remotely through the pandemic like everyone else. We’ve liked saving time, money and our carbon footprint by not travelling, but we’ve also really missed not hanging out together – both professionally and socially.


Our current thinking is that we will divide our time up into ‘doing’ and ‘collaborating’. Doing can be done wherever you choose, but collaborating should be done in person, probably somewhere quiet with whiteboards and coffee. Like an office. We think that’ll be one or two days a week. Perhaps every week or maybe 2-4 days in a row every fortnight. Central London is a likely location for this as it’s an easy place for lots of people to get to. The pubs and restaurants aren’t bad either.


We realise that not everyone’s home environment is conducive for working so we are also considering allocating budget for a better desk / chairs or even a co-working space near to you.


We’d be interested in what you think about this too…

πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’Ό Interview Process

This will all be remote…cute pets joining in is a bonus. While there are a few stages, we’ll move as quickly as you can. Nobody likes an interview process that takes months.

πŸ‘‹πŸ» Step 1 - Say hi to Birda

20 minute introduction with John White our Founder and CEO. Find out if you think it’s worth going through the hassle of the rest of the process…

🏠 Step 2 - Take home tech thing

Yes, we know you don’t like these, and we are sorry. It’s possible that very experienced candidates with large open-source portfolios might skip this bit. If not, we try to make it as painless as possible. There is a pure javascript (ie no frameworks) exercise. We send you a link, you fill in the missing code and send it back. We’ve found that it takes about 40 minutes to complete but there’s no time pressure, you can complete it at your leisure.

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There will also be a link to a design for a real feature. We’ll use that as a prop for the 3rd stage…

πŸ€“ Step 3 - Tech interview with the CTO

We’ll do all the usual interview stuff like talking through your experience / portfolio, what makes you tick etc. There will also be a technical part, we’ll discuss the designs we sent and talk about how we could go about implementing them, what architectures, design patterns or testing methods we could use. We’ll try and find a topic you know a lot about and do a deep dive. Maybe something you know less about too – it’s no fun if it’s easy.


There will be no algo challenges or other silly hazing exercises.

πŸ€” Step 3.5 - Ask us anything

This is a follow-up call with some combination of Dom / Natalie / John. Ask us anything, any concerns or issues you want to be clarified – now’s the time. It’s a big decision for everyone and we want to take every opportunity to ensure it’s the right one for everybody.