Web Application Developer for the Climate Solvers Community Platform

Remote Halifax, NS

Who We Are:

The OATHE Project is a non-profit that is driven by eco-action! Our goal is to inspire all to be a part of the solution when it comes to the environmental crises of our time and encourage everyone to engage in small & large-scale acts of change to collectively make a massive impact. OATHE itself is an acronym for “One Act at a Time to Help the Earth,” and, although just over a year old, our non-profit has grown to run many initiatives, from hackathons reaching youth across 15+ countries & podcasts highlighting inspirational leaders across the world, to litter clean-up campaigns & climate change technologies.

For Winter 2022, OATHE is putting focus on growing & developing our “Climate Action Database” which envisions becoming the “LinkedIn of Climate Action.” In practice, this means creating a platform for folks to share climate or eco-action initiatives that are happening in local areas, connect with each other, and share impact, with an initial launch of our MVP happening in Halifax, NS this Fall, 2021. While excited about what we’ve built so far, there’s still so much that we are looking to develop for the future, which is where you come in!

Learn more about us by visiting our social media or website @ http://www.oneactatatime.org.

Who We Are Looking For:

The youth we hire will be a web development specialist, helping OATHE in coding, designing and developing the next iteration of the Climate Solvers Community. The applicant should be familiar with website development, in particular, PHP and the Laravel framework, and be comfortable with a variety of coding languages (listed below). Coding is an art, and the student should be able to use programming to create a strong user experience that makes it easy for people in the climate action community to connect.

If you are an enthusiastic, highly motivated, can-do individual who enjoys wearing many hats, learning new things every day, and solving problems with code, this is the perfect job for you!

High-Level Responsibilities:

  • Helping to execute plans for the Climate Solvers Community, especially to deliver on the technical priorities associated with the Database through building on the app’s current code & also creating new features as we grow, while advising the executive team on the overall vision/direction of the project.
  • Developing further the OATHE’s own website (http://www.oneactatatime.org), especially in helping to migrate it to Wordpress, with a strong possibility of working on a landing page for the Database project as well.
  • Writing automated unit and/or integration tests, mostly using Selenium WebDriver (on Java), especially to check the integrity of the app after key updates or the addition of new features.
  • Performing security testing to ensure application is compliant with modern web security standards.
  • Coordinating efforts with third-party solution providers to ensure projects are properly scoped out while staying updated with emerging technologies and trends of relevance.
  • Using programming best practices to create and implement custom code, in particular, to complete tasks like creating visual dashboards that summarize app activity, developing testing frameworks to ensure the app is free from bugs, and integrating the Database with third-party software/API’s as relevant.
  • Working with the brother OATHE team to explore the feasibility of a mobile application in the future while developing the current application’s UX/UI responsiveness on a mobile device.
  • Helping our team with a wide variety of other tasks, including in the analysis of our metrics, the creation of standard development protocols and other business development functions.

Coding/Technical Stack in Use: A combination of Laravel (PHP), mySQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and other coding languages/platforms.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of life in a non-profit start-up, and be a part of its early growth
  • Learn to work well in a fast-paced environment involving a wide variety of tasks.
  • Learn about challenges involved in implementing environmental technologies at a global scale
  • Create code for social good, directly related to web, application and content development.
  • Understand the importance of community outreach, at individual & organizational levels
  • Have opportunities to implement information technology (IT) theory into action!

Desired Qualifications:

  • Pursuing or completed degree(s) or diploma(s) in computer science, information technology, systems & network software engineering, IT/ technology management or similar.
  • Prior web development experience (ideal 2-3 years), and familiar with the coding languages noted above. You may be tested on your technical competencies during the interview.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and problem-solving skills.
  • Bilingualism, previous NGO experience & familiarity with remote work are also assets.
  • But above all, what we’re looking for is someone who understands, embraces & is keen to share the OATHE ethos of helping the earth one act at a time! We want folks who are passionate about the environment, desire to make a difference for our planet, and believe in the power of individual actions together to make massive, collective, global impact.

Other Notes for Eligibility (Related to Position Funding):

  • The applicant must be 18 to 30 years of age at the start of the contract.
  • The applicant must be legally entitled to work in Canada & specifically Nova Scotia.
  • The applicant must meet all eligibility criteria of the Science Horizons grant

Rate of Pay: Salary to commensurate with experience and funding eligibility

Date: Tentatively starting January 3rd, 2022 with a 3-4 month contract on offer and part-time work a possibility

Work Location: We anticipate the position will be mostly remote, although some meetings or events may be in-person if the situation with COVID allows. That said, we are open to exploring the partial use of some co-working spaces like Volta (in Halifax NS) if requested.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to: theoatheproject@gmail.com by November 23, 2021 at 5 PM EST

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