Development Seed is an engineering and design shop based in Washington, DC and Lisbon, Portugal. We’re a team of seventeen developers and designers creating positive social impact with open tech and open knowledge alongside organizations like the World Bank, the Washington Post, and NASA.

We are looking for an engineer to help us build powerful open tools for understanding, managing, and distributing data. You will work on a wide range of hard data problems. In one project you’ll build a simple, static API optimized to deliver data to millions of simultaneous users. In the next you’ll build a large, distributed architecture to stream heavy geographic data. In either case, you’ll focus on quickly getting the right data to users in a format they can use. You will be solving real problems for organizations that address big global challenges. You will be using the best technology available on a team of people that want you to grow and win.


  • Collaborate — Working as a team makes us stronger than any individual developer. You write clear Github tickets and communicate effectively on Slack and in-person.
  • Learn — We constantly evolve our technology stack and techniques to deliver the best work to our partners. You don’t need to know any particular language or framework upfront but you need to demonstrate you’re able and excited to learn new ways to build. You’ve also tried out enough options to know that the hip new thing isn’t always the best solution.
  • Code — You write code focusing on both performance and maintainability. You know when to use a quick fix and when to invest more time refactoring.
  • Care about the world and believe that we can do better — Social change is the foundation of everything we do. You are impatient about solving the world’s toughest challenges.

Experiences with any of the following will be a plus:

  • Amazon Web Services (EC2, ECS, S3, Lambda functions)
  • Docker
  • Python/Node.js
  • NoSQL Databases (Mongo, Redis, etc.) and SQL Databases (especially PostgreSQL)

If this sounds like you, send your resume to [email protected] Tell us about yourself and what you’d love to work on at Development Seed.