Backend Engineer

Remote, within United States
Application Deadline
May 10, 2021


Upstream Tech is a technology company that creates decision-support technologies for conservation, agriculture, and low-carbon energy. We are looking for a backend engineer who wants to use their skills to fight climate change and protect the environment.


In this role, you will design and build services and systems that ingest and process new datasets, including geospatial data, extend internal and public-facing APIs, and build integrations with external systems. We’re looking for candidates with a track record of building infrastructure solutions that enable sustainable and extensible product growth.

This work is critical to the success of Upstream Tech and our continued commitment to our environmental mission. Our climate and conservation impact scales with our systems.

You’d Be a Good Fit if

  • You have at least 3 years experience engineering distributed, tested, maintainable backend services and are comfortable working in Python.
  • You are comfortable making design decisions and iterating with feedback.
  • You’re interested in solving complex geospatial problems and exploring new problem areas.
  • You have excellent communication skills and want to share your expertise through mentorship, pair programming, and code reviews.
  • You are excited to introduce new patterns and improve work processes to make your team happy and efficient.
  • You’re pragmatic, solutions-oriented, and want to get things done without sacrificing quality.
  • You are humble and have empathy for customers and teammates.
  • You believe that giving and receiving honest and direct feedback helps everyone to grow.
  • You enjoy working on teams and believe a variety of skills and perspectives create the best products.
  • You want to work at a small, impact-focused company. We measure our success with a triple bottom line and put our principles before profits.

We are proud to offer great benefits like four weeks of paid vacation and good health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. We want our team to live full lives outside of work.


Remote, in a US time zone. We conduct business using technologies like Slack and video conferencing. We host a biannual in-person trip to work, bond, and celebrate our successes.

How to Apply

If interested, please send a cover letter and your resume detailing your experience to We look forward to receiving application materials from enthusiastic candidates.

The application deadline is Monday, May 10, at 5 PM PT.

Upstream Tech is committed to building, supporting, and growing a diverse team. We have a standardized interview process designed to reduce individual bias and use structured pay scales to provide equitable compensation. We don’t discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.