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Software Engineer Position in Seattle

Hello NatCap Forum,

We're seeking a new software engineer to join our team in Seattle.  Please spread the word.


Software Engineer
Natural Capital Project
Seattle, Washington

The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, the University of Minnesota, and Stanford University’s Woods Institute together seek a Software Engineer to join the Natural Capital Project's "Marine Team" in Seattle, Washington.  NatCap's ultimate objective is to improve ecosystems and human well-being by motivating greater and more cost-effective investments in both.  At NatCap, Software Engineers develop a variety of custom open-source applications related to mapping the benefits that natural ecosystems provide to people on land and in the ocean.  These include the InVEST toolkit of social and ecological production functions, the RIOS land and coastal planning software suite, and several new web-based apps for environmental policy-makers. The candidate will be expected to implement new spatial models and online mapping tools in support of ongoing projects in British Columbia, New England, Belize, Mozambique, and other locations around the world.  This may include training end-users such as government employees, NGO staff, or other decision-makers.

The successful candidate will be a friendly, intelligent, self-directed individual who is passionate about working on collaborative software projects for the social good.  NatCap software is based on state-of-the-art research from a variety of fields, from oceanography to engineering and economics.  So we seek candidates with broad interests and curiosity for a diversity of fields of knowledge and types of projects. NatCap develops use-driven approaches by working closely with decision makers; prospective Engineers should be eager to work "on-the-ground" with partners, developing software that has positive impacts on society. There will be international travel opportunities to work with collaborators.

Required qualifications include a BS in computer science or related discipline, experience working with and/or maintaining open source software projects, understanding of core computer science algorithms and computational complexity, and enjoyment working in a highly collaborative environment on multiple concurrent projects.

We prefer candidates with a MSc in computer science or related discipline, experience with scientific computing and programming languages (R, Python, C, Cython), experience developing web-mapping applications and core technologies (PHP, Javascript, OpenLayers, PostGIS, Leaflet), competency using linux and doing system administration, experience with GIS and geospatial analysis using modern open source tools (QGIS, GDAL, OGR), and strong cartography and data visualization skills.

Review of applications will begin immediately and position will remain open until filled.  To be consider for this position, apply to

For more information see or contact Spencer Wood (


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