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Software Engineer, Release Engineering Full-time

Published at 2023-08-08 - Viewed: 3588 times - Wikimedia Foundation (Worldwide/Remote)


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a mid-level software engineer to join the Release Engineering Team. Software engineers on the Release Engineering team steward the developer experience for our developer community.

We build development environments, maintain CI/CD infrastructure, and design tools and processes to support our developer community. We believe in integrity, quality, collaboration, and free and open source software.

Release Engineering is a remote team with seven people spanning nine time zones.

You are responsible for:

Deploying Wikipedia and our other wikis
Helping design our continuous delivery system in GitLab
Using Docker, BuildKit, and Kubernetes to enhance our deployment pipeline
Stewarding our Phabricator installation
Upgrading and maintaining Release Engineering tools for our large developer community:
CI/CD infrastructure: Jenkins, Zuul-CI, Docker, GitLab
Code review: GitLab/Gerrit
Issue tracking: Phabricator/Phorge
Deployment tooling: Kubernetes/Helm
Skills and Experience:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in related work experience
Written and verbal English communication skills
Collaboration and consensus-making skills
Experience with systems/DevOps engineering and software
Experience with continuous integration/delivery (CI/CD) systems
Familiarity with server configuration management software (e.g., Ansible, SaltStack, Chef, or Puppet)
Familiarity with Kubernetes and containerization
Qualities that are important to us:

Professional experience with one or more of the following: Python, Go, PHP
Experience with Puppet
Being a role model for Wikimedia's values
Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

Free culture/Free software experience
Remote work experience
You are inspired by our guiding principles and our mission
Familiarity with/involvement in the Wikimedia community
Experience with Phabricator/Phorge or GitLab
Experience maintaining other specific software systems we use: Jenkins, GitLab, and Gerrit
Located within UTC+3–UTC-8 time zones
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a remote-first organization with staff members including contractors based in more than 50 countries. Salaries at the Wikimedia Foundation are set in a way that is competitive, equitable, and consistent with our values and culture. The anticipated annual pay range of this position for applicants based within the United States is US$85,925 to US$134,289 with multiple individualized factors, including cost of living in the location, being the determinants of the offered pay. For applicants located outside of the US, the pay range will be adjusted to the country of hire. We neither ask for nor take into consideration the salary history of applicants. The compensation for a successful applicant will be based on their skills, experience and location.

All applicants can reach out to their recruiter to understand more about the specific pay range for their location during the interview process.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or +1 (415) 839-6885.

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