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Apply to be a Web Developer at SparkFun Electronics

Collaborate with a team of web developers in an open source company to build cool stuff that matters!

This repository is part of the application process for becoming a Web Developer for SparkFun Electronics. It is the means by which applicants demonstrate their ability to work with a version control system and submit code samples.

If you are an existing applicant who was directed here, skip down to How To Use This Repository for instructions on what to do. Otherwise, read on to understand what we look for in Web Developer applicants. We hire both full timers and student interns.

Contents of this README

Apply to be a Web Developer at SparkFun Electronics
· Contents of this README
· About The Company
· About The Department
How To Use This Repository
· What Happens To Your Pull Request
· Legal Stuff Regarding Your Pull Request
Positions and Levels of Employment
· Full Time Web Developer
· Part Time Web Developer Intern
Legal Junk

About The Company

SparkFun Electronics is an online shop for the do-it-yourself electronics enthusiast. Our customers include inventors, artists, students, hobbyists, and just plain curious individuals looking for some fun tinkering with electronics.

SparkFun is also very committed to bringing electronics education into the mainstream by curating free educational materials and working with schools and institutions around the country to bring electronics into the classroom. Lastly, SparkFun is a staunch advocate of the open source movement, most recently being a leader in Open Source Hardware.

About The Department

SparkFun's Information Technology department is responsible for the continuous development of all SparkFun web properties. This includes the primary ecommerce website (sparkfun.com) and the primary educational resources website (learn.sparkfun.com). Also included is Sparkle, SparkFun's custom-built ERP system which is used to manage all content on the aforementioned web properties as well as order processing, customer management, shipping, inventory controls, manufacturing, etc.

Where possible (which is most everywhere) open source languages and tools are used and where possible code developed by SparkFun IT is given back to the community as open sourced libraries.

How To Use This Repository

First, check our Jobs page to see if we're actively hiring developers. If we are then apply there first. That's where you can submit the usual stuff (e.g. résumé and references).

If we're not actively hiring but you're actively looking then by all means complete the steps below. We're always on the lookout for new talent to mix things up, and maybe we need you more than we realize.

Now then, if you're ready to submit code samples and such, please follow these instructions:

  1. Fork this repository.
  2. On your fork, modify / add to the repository per the instruction in the README files for each of the four top-level directories.
  3. Issue a pull request for your changes back to sparkfun/hacker-application.

What Happens To Your Pull Request

Your pull request will never be merged (to keep this repository open for the applicants that use it after you). When you've either been hired or declined your pull request will simply be closed.

During the review process you may find comments applied to your pull request - asking questions, seeking clarification, a rogue compliment, etc.

Legal Stuff Regarding Your Pull Request

No content from your pull request will be used by SparkFun Electronics for any purpose other than assessing the quality of a given applicant.

We won't rip off your code. You retain copyright on any pull request you submit.

However, by submitting a pull request, you affirm that the content within is solely your original work. Content generated collaboratively with other individuals must be identified as such and content generated entirely by other individuals should not be included. Failure to meet these guidelines may result in disqualification as an applicant.

Positions and Levels of Employment

Full Time Web Developer

Collaborate with a team of web developers in an open source company to build cool stuff that matters!

The Daily Workflow

Development at SparkFun reflects the exploratory do-it-yourself culture of the entire company. All developers take part in fixing small bugs and developing larger projects, as well as reviewing one another's code. Continuous improvement of the tool set provided to all users is emphasized as well as continuous improvement to the development process itself. Developers are encouraged to explore parts of the code base and discuss what projects inspire them.

Assuming developers work best when genuinely inspired both developer inspiration and relative priority are used to determine what gets worked on and when. Collaborative development is highly encouraged and all developers have ample opportunities to work together on small, informal dev teams focusing on one project, feature, or subsystem.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience developing object-oriented PHP
  • Experience working with modern HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Experience working with relational databases such as MySQL or PostgreSQL
  • General understanding of the MVC software architecture
  • Experience working with modern version control systems such as Git
  • Competence working in a Unix-based environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of jQuery and Bootstrap
  • Working knowledge of caching systems such as Memcache or Redis
  • Working knowledge of NoSQL databases such as MongoDB
  • A visible public track record of contributions to open source
  • An eye for designing intuitive user interfaces

Workplace Benefits

Note: all benefits only become available after an initial on-boarding period of six weeks.

  • Health, dental, and disability insurance (with FSA and HSA options)
  • 401k matching up to 5%
  • Eco pass
  • 2 weeks paid vacation to start, 3 weeks after one full year of employment
  • $1000/year continuing education/professional development fund
  • $25/month gym/massage benefit

Perks

Note: some perks only become available after an initial on-boarding period of six weeks.

  • Flex time – days/hours in the office can be a compromise between work life and home life
  • Occasionally work from home or work remotely (no permanent remote work)
  • Free and/or deeply discounted access to tools, parts, and education to tinker with electronics and physical computing
  • Frequent Lunch and Learns - presentations by other employees and special guests on all manner of topics (often catered)
  • Occasional opportunities for travel – including as a trained workshop instructor and/or as a developer to attend technical conferences with other team members
  • A $1500 allowance to build and customize your workstation

Part Time Web Developer Intern

Learn the craft of modern web development by collaborating with a team in an open source company building build cool stuff that matters!

The Daily Workflow

Development at SparkFun reflects the exploratory do-it-yourself culture of the entire company. All developers (including interns) take part in fixing small bugs and developing larger projects, as well as reviewing one another's code. Continuous improvement of the tool set provided to all users is emphasized as well as continuous improvement to the development process itself.

Collaborative development is highly encouraged and all developers have ample opportunities to work together on small, informal dev teams focusing on one project, feature, or subsystem. Developer interns are placed on a variety of dev teams based on personal interest and skill set. The day-to-day work of interns very closely mirrors that of full-time developers to provide an environment that encourages learning modern enterprise web development in the real world.

Web Developer Interns are expected to be able to work a minimum of 20 hours a week on-site at SparkFun Electronics headquarters in Boulder, CO.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be an active full-time student
  • Experience developing object-oriented PHP
  • Experience working with modern HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Experience working with relational databases such as MySQL or PostgreSQL
  • General understanding of the MVC software architecture
  • Experience working with modern version control systems such as Git
  • Competence working in a Unix-based environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of jQuery and Bootstrap
  • Working knowledge of caching systems such as Memcache or Redis
  • Working knowledge of NoSQL databases such as MongoDB
  • A visible public track record of contributions to open source
  • An eye for designing intuitive user interfaces

Workplace Benefits

Note: all benefits only become available after an initial on-boarding period of six weeks.

  • 401k matching up to 5%
  • $500/semester tuition reimbursement (not to exceed $1000/yr)
  • $25/month gym/massage benefit

Perks

Note: some perks only become available after an initial on-boarding period of six weeks.

  • Flex time – days/hours in the office can be a compromise between work life and home/school life
  • Occasionally work from home or work remotely (no permanent remote work)
  • Free and/or deeply discounted access to tools, parts, and education to tinker with electronics and physical computing
  • Frequent Lunch and Learns – presentations by other employees and special guests on all manner of topics (often catered)

Legal Junk

This repository is licensed under the MIT License:

Copyright (c) 2013 SparkFun Electronics

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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