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DevOps Engineer



Software Engineering
Remote · New York, NY, USA · Portland, OR, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA · Fairfax, VA, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2023

Hi! We're Forerunner.

We believe that climate adaptation is a necessity, not a luxury, and communities deserve access to powerful software that helps them plan for the future. The challenge of climate change is complex – it implicates how municipalities plan, manage capital, and communicate to both residents and higher levels of government. Forerunner helps local communities do these things better by empowering them to access, understand, and mobilize local-level flood risk data at scale.

The Role

The engineering team at Forerunner strives to be small but dedicated, working relentlessly to help local governmental bodies and their floodplain managers reason about the flooding risks that all communities face in the USA. The domain is complicated, nuanced, and rapidly changing, and we at Forerunner break down this complexity for our users so they can do what truly matters - fight against climate change and the possible loss of homes in the case of flooding.

Engineers at Forerunner can work remotely from anywhere within the United States, so long as they are willing to work on either Eastern or Central time zones. We offer schedule flexibility and ask for accountability in return. We are unable to sponsor H1-B visas at this time, so permanent residency or citizenship is required.

Our tech stack and other engineering tools include, but are not limited to:

  • Typescript / React.js / React Native frontend with jest for testing
  • GraphQL API powered by a Node.js / Typescript backend with jest for testing.
  • Postgres as our database, alongside heavy use of postgis
  • git, Github and Github Actions for code review and CI/CD
  • A variety of AWS products for various workflows:
    • Docker containers running on ECS
    • ElasticSearch for address searching
    • S3 to hold 4+ TiB of documents
    • Postgres RDS as our primary relational data store
    • Cloudwatch for metrics and analytics
    • Cloudformation for IaC
    • AWS Batch for CPU-intensive data processing
    • Textract for PDF text extraction
  • Google Vision for automated image recognition
  • ZTNA managed by Twingate

While expertise with all of the technologies above is by no means not necessary, a working understanding of at least a few of them is required, particularly familiarity with the aforementioned AWS products, Docker, and the Javascript ecosystem.

We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply - the problem of climate change impacts all of us, and we want to reflect that within our team's composition.

What You'll Do

A DevOps Engineer at Forerunner has the following responsibilities:

  • Manage our CI/CD pipeline, making sure it is robust, quick, fault-tolerant and efficient. This includes handling the deployment process of our Node monolith to AWS ECS and other runtime environments.
  • Design, architect and maintain our AWS infrastructure, configuring anything from our ingress / egress network rules, to provisioning new tools via Cloudformation, to triaging issues with our Postgres database. Since we work with government agencies, a focus on security is very welcome.
  • Increase the team’s overall visibility into the app’s performance, creating monitoring dashboards with the appropriate tooling to keep track of the application’s overall health and make it easy to debug and triage errors in the system when they occur. This might mean, on occasion, modifying our platform code to provide the necessary data for monitoring, as well as sometimes leveraging scripting in a variety of different forms to extract the necessary data.
  • Occasionally pair-program with and help mentor engineers in the art of DevOps. This means hoping on a Slack or Zoom call with another engineer to collaborate on a particularly thorny piece of code or to talk through different approaches that can be used to solve the problem at hand. While there are currently no plans to put DevOps engineers on-call, we do expect them to assist the on-call engineer during regular business hours to debug as necessary.
  • Seek out clarity in the face of ambiguity. As our first DevOps hire, we would like you to help us define tasks and set up the devops program/process for future DevOps hires.
  • Communicate clearly, whether in a stand-up meeting, planning meeting, or otherwise. We're a small team working entirely remotely, which requires us to be prompt and clear with both written and spoken communication.
  • Collaborate with non-engineering stakeholders to determine what should be built when to best satisfy our customers.

What We Offer

Forerunner is an early stage company with an interdisciplinary team. We are motivated by seemingly intractable problems and work hard to support one another.

We're mission-driven. Our mission orients our business strategy and pushes us to work with a sense of urgency. We’re in the weeds - our entire team spends time engaging with our partners in the field to better understand the real-world problems they face.

We're a small team. As a member of our growing team, you will quickly become an invaluable part of our organization and have a meaningful impact on our business and technical direction. We welcome unique perspectives and backgrounds. Your opinion matters and we hope you'll share it.

We build each other up. A team works best when its members are adequately equipped with the tools to tackle the problems they are facing. Forerunner strives to provide adequate feedback and appropriate learning opportunities to help all its team members expand their skills.

We want you to be happy and healthy. Forerunner offers competitive compensation, health/vision/dental coverage (we pay 70%), a 401k plan, and one expensed lunch per week. We also have a quarterly wellness reimbursement so that you can have flexibility in defining what “health” means to you.

The salary range for this position is $165,000-$220,000. This posting may span more than one career level. Compensation is determined based on a variety of factors, including an individual’s skills, experience, qualifications, and working location.