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Sr. Software Engineer

Job Title:    Senior Software Engineer
Location:    Vancouver or Seattle
FT/PT:        Full Time

UrtheCast Corp. is a Vancouver-based technology company that serves the rapidly evolving geospatial and geoanalytics markets with a wide range of information-rich products and services. UrtheCast is growing and is shaping the future of earth observation. We provide the world with next-generation Earth Observation data using our growing system of space-based sensors. Our Crew members consider themselves agents of change as they work to provide Earth imagery and video data that enables heightened geospatial analysis. With that data, we build our products and services to help everyone — citizens, businesses, and governments alike — make advances in areas ranging from high-tech precision agriculture and forestry resource management, to the monitoring of humanitarian relief efforts. This type of large-scale change requires near-constant technological iteration and innovation, so UrtheCast continues to initiate unprecedented engineering programs like its planned UrtheDaily™ and OptiSAR™ constellations. Every day, we push the limits of what’s possible in space-based Earth Observation.

We are currently seeking a Senior Software Engineer

As an UrtheCast Senior Software Engineer, you will be responsible for the architectural design, interfaces, functionality, continuous integration, and continuous deployment of the UrtheCast Ground Segment living inside the AWS environment.   You will also be responsible to ensure the UrtheCast Ground Segment meets our stakeholder's functionality, scalability, maintainability, cost, fault tolerant and performance requirements.  You will also have the opportunity to work with a modern stack of tools and languages (Docker/ECS, Jenkins, Gitlab, AWS, Python, Go, etc.).



  • Define, design, develop and document the architecture, functionality, interfaces and automated tests of the UrtheCast Ground Segment to power end-to-end CICD for the system
  • Support the definition and selection of the software engineering development process and tools used by the SWE team
  • Support the definition, design and development of CICD tools and patterns that fits the Urthecast Ground Segment requirements
  • Participate in project strategy and product roadmap meetings
  • Be part of a team championing our DevOps culture
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor of Science degree in a related field OR the equivalent in work experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of software engineering experience with a proven track record
  • A minimum of 2 years of AWS-related experience with at least 1 of those years working with production systems within AWS



  • Proficiency in at least one modern programming language such as Python, Go, Java or C++
  • Proficiency in designing and developing production systems with AWS services.
    • Particularly: EC2, ECS, IAM, CloudFormation, S3/Glacier, Lambda, and RDS
    • With emphasis on high-scale (size) and large throughput environments.
  • Experience developing and delivering large-scale secured, scalable, distributed and decentralized systems in AWS. Particularly:
    • API based systems with role based access control governing API access
    • Event driven data processing systems
  • Experience managing small team of at least 3 people and leading a small project
  • Experience in service-orientated and object-oriented architecture, security, and scalability
  • Experience developing systems inside a full CICD environment
  • Experience developing systems using SQL and NoSQL data stores
    • Particularly: Postgres/PostGIS, MongoDB, and ElasticSearch
  • Experience in using git and practicing gitflow
  • Experience with using Docker in a development, test and production environment
  • Working knowledge of linux
  • Working knowledge of geospatial concepts
  • A passion for the culture of DevOps and educating others
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (English)


  • Passion for understanding ambiguous, complex problems and driving innovative technical solutions
  • Contributions to the open source community
  • Developing and delivering web-based applications



Fast-paced, dynamic, production-critical, flexible/evolving with growth opportunities



UrtheCast’s Software Engineering Department provides a nurturing and highly collaborative environment where employees can thrive and grow — all while working on very challenging projects. We value — above all else — leading by example, respect for the team, courage to speak up, adhering to the highest standards, and taking ownership. These values constitute the very backbone of our team, which is extremely dedicated to achieving its goals.

Here, you’ll get the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology, alongside others who are open-source driven, and Unix Philosophy lovers. As you can imagine, we’re a team obsessed with all things agility, Earth and Space, the final frontier.

Our work is wide and varied.

As a team, we tackle everything from defining use cases and requirements for remote-sensing ground segments and interactive data visualization websites, to designing, implementing, and maintaining highly available and secure transactional systems, as well as highly computationally intensive, highly reliable and dynamically scaled image processing systems.


What can we offer you?

  • Competitive compensation, full benefits and flexible time off
  • Great work environment, team and office location right over the water in the new Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Great lunch programs will provide you with an opportunity to learn and socialize, and our Friday afternoons will set the right mood for the weekend
  • Free gym membership
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