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Software Engineer (Full Stack Web Engineer) at Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (San Francisco, CA) (allows remote)

Location: Remote (Europe, Americas) or San Francisco, CA


We’re looking for a full stack web engineer who can help us maintain the software that serves over half a billion pages per day, bring responsive web design to complex workflows for seasoned editors as well as readers who want to become new editors, and to refactor and modernize the codebase that powers Wikipedia.

Are you ready to write open source code that helps to create “a world in which everyone can freely share in the sum of all knowledge”, provides value in people’s lives, and happens to power one of the most popular websites in the world? 

We value these things:

  • Clearly and concisely communicating complex ideas about software and software development

  • Authoring polished PHP, JavaScript, and CSS

  • Instrumenting new and core features and maintaining a set of key performance indicators

  • Profiling, analyzing, and optimizing code for performance on a wide variety of devices 


  • 3+ years professional experience working on highly scalable web applications

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science or management information systems, software bootcamp certification, or the equivalent professional experience

  • Deep knowledge in JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, and modern web standards

  • A drive to advocate for the adoption of modern web standards and mobile-friendly design

  • A desire to create features for everyone, everywhere and to optimize at the intersection of performance and user perception

  • A knack and respect for working with legacy software and modernizing code

  • Focused software engineering: you enjoy writing unit tests, reviewing code and responding to code reviews, and discussing architectural approach

  • A love of free knowledge and open access


  • Experience working remotely with a team distributed across many time zones

  • Experience with editing Wikipedia and/or wikitext

  • A history of open source contribution

  • Experience using CI tools like Jenkins or Travis

  • Experience developing web applications with PHP

  • Understanding of fundamentals of user experience

  • Experience creating highly scalable RESTful microservices

  • A penchant for traversing structured DOMs and navigating through not-so-structured ones

  • Patience


If you have any existing open source software that you've developed (these could be your own software or patches to other packages), please share the URLs for the source. Links to your projects on GitHub, GitLab, BitBucket, etc. are exceptionally useful.

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia, the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects, and our mission of free knowledge for every single person. We help bring new knowledge to people around the world, lower barriers to participation, and make it easier for everyone to share what they know. We do this by keeping the Wikimedia projects fast, secure, and available to all, protecting the values and policies that allow free knowledge projects like Wikipedia to thrive, building new features and tools to make it easy to read, edit, and share from the Wikimedia sites, and by supporting the communities of volunteers who make the projects possible.

At the Foundation, we build technology to help people everywhere access Wikipedia, across devices and in nearly 300 languages. We engineer privacy for our readers and editors so they can safely and securely explore Wikipedia. We create programs and initiatives to make Wikipedia freely available to more people in more parts of the world. We build new tools for the community of editors so they can continue to improve and grow Wikipedia. Roughly a quarter of our budget goes to supporting the community that make the site possible, including through grantmaking programs that enable volunteers and enrich the information on the sites.

The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.

Benefits & Perks *

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!)

  • The Wellness Program provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, baby sitting, continuing education and much more

  • The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary

  • Flexible and generous time off - vacation, sick and volunteer days, plus 19 paid holidays - including the last week of the year.

  • Family friendly! 100% paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, flexible options to phase back in after leave, fully equipped lactation room.

  • For those emergency moments - long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program

  • Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses

  • Telecommuting and flexible work schedules available

  • Appropriate fuel for thinking and coding (aka, a pantry full of treats) and monthly massages to help staff relax

  • Great colleagues - diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people

* for benefits eligible staff, benefits may vary by location

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