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Founding Engineer



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Posted on Saturday, June 3, 2023

Founding Engineer

January 2, 2023
Time zone
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About DirtSat

Vision: To identify and convert every viable, unused rooftop across our cities into a green roof
Mission: To build technology that enables the evaluation, financing and building of green roofs across our built environment and validates results through data and analytics. Our tools are designed to enable cities to adapt and grow more safe, resilient, and livable.
Our Thesis: Simplifying the green roof development process on one platform can unlock hidden ROI, increase adoption rates, and make lasting change to the built environment. Technology and analytics are the keys to validate, develop aligned product, and measure impact.

DirtSat’s values

Customer Obsession -Start with customers and work backwards.
Learn & Be Curious -Learning and self improvement never ends.
Adapt & Overcome- Succeed despite the circumstances.
Sincerity & Generosity -Treat customers, teams, investors with generosity.
Extreme Ownership - Self-directed, decentralized command, no bad teams only ineffective leaders.
Role: Few people have been trained for this kind of role. If you resemble what we’ve described, but  aren’t sure, apply. Let’s figure out together if this is where you could shine.
People: Our company is more than just a business. We’re a team focused on creating a new normal  for green roof development. We’re really serious about mission, fit, and the people we work with. You’ll be part of a rapidly scaling team that reflects these values and keeps our startup special.
Diversity: You’ll find yourself in an environment that values diversity and inclusivity. Excellence doesn’t come in one flavor and neither should we.
Leadership: You’re right in the thick of it, making critical decisions that will shape our path forwards.
Resources: We will support you and encourage you to attend seminars, events, and expert subject  matter sessions that help you develop professionally and personally.

About the role

Role: Founding Engineer
Location: Fully remote


A true software leadership role within a ClimateTech Startup that will combine software development and leading early team members (80% execution and 20% strategy + management).
You will design daily activities that support product development to help achieve big picture goals.
You will work directly with the founders to lead the engineering efforts to help shape and execute the product roadmap.
Access to coaching, training, and development workshops / networking opportunities -Flexible hours – we believe in outcomes over output.

Responsibilities (non-exhaustive)

Lead and maintain DirtSat’s technology roadmap pertaining to software and data
Scope out potential technology partnerships that help DirtSat differentiate and scale
Provide leadership towards the implementation of machine learning, software and data products
Manage technology budget and timeframes
Provide feedback on business strategy as it relates to technical decisions
Write code that works, is testable, and performant
Performing devops tasks, such as monitoring the platforms, troubleshooting performance issues, and making sure deployments and rollbacks happen cleanly
Willing to take market feedback and iterate quickly
Help out in activities regarding fundraising

About you

You take pride in tackling unknown problems and finding solutions. You assimilate information easily and can communicate complicated ideas to others.
You are unafraid to challenge the status quo and bring new ideas to a team. You’re able to either describe how you have disrupted common practices that were no longer serving a purpose, or how you would have “broken the rules” given the opportunity for the betterment of the company or team.
You are an avid learner. You take time in your life for personal and professional development. You know how to implement best practices and find new / relevant ways products are built or are going to be built in the future.
You are unfazed by ambiguity.

Your experience

You have 5+ years experience as a full stack developer with a background in CS either from university or independent CS projects
You have experience with designing and architecting reliable distributed systems
You are familiar with ClimateTech and data science applications broadly and see how data and analytics can make our product amazing
You have strong organizational skills
Ability to work independently and remotely
You are adaptable and have worked in a diverse set of environments (e.g big team + small team, user-facing and internal products)
You can communicate complex ideas simply
You’re familiar and have a level of comfort with backend and front end languages. We value your ability to solve problems across the stack more than your rote knowledge of technologies

🥇 Bonus points

You have experience working in a startup environment or innovation team in the climate sector, geospatial sector or building science sector
Experience working on cloud services like AWS and automated deployments
You’re excited about the cutting edge of tech without being dogmatic about any language or framework
You’ve shipped something yourself – from beginning to end

One last thing

🗺 These should be easy to answer:
How do you educate yourself when resources are scarce?
How do you organize your time?
How do you decide what is most important?
What makes you most excited to get up in the morning and face the challenges ahead?


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