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Senior DevOps Engineer (remote)

Element 84, Inc.
Alexandria, VA
  • Posted: November 09, 2022
  • Full-Time

Company Description

About Element 84 

Element 84 is here to help accelerate and scale projects that have a positive impact on people and the planet. We solve challenging problems across a wide range of industries, but our super power is cloud-based geospatial data processing, remote sensing, and Earth science systems. We were founded by husband-and-wife engineers in 2010 and have grown into a skilled group of practitioners building high-performance systems for the biggest corporate and government clients in the world. Our main office is located in Alexandria, VA but we support a large remote workforce from Michigan to Texas and Pennsylvania to California.

A Few Other Things You Should Know

  1. Element 84's values are: We Invest in Each Other, We are Reliable, and Our Work Benefits our World.
  2. Element 84 works on meaningful projects that are challenging-from a technical, people, and team perspective. We make an impact on large projects through our leadership and expertise, both formal and informal.
  3. Element 84 pays well but we care more about working on projects that matter.
  4. Element 84 values life outside of work. We offer parental leave for everyone and support each other through family challenges like medical problems, adoptions, and new babies.
  5. Element 84 has had a flexible work schedule since our founding in 2010.
  6. Element 84 has made a commitment to diversity. We expect the entire team to share that same commitment. 

About You

You are curious about the world, are constantly learning, driven to lead (formally or informally), and have a strong work ethic. You're interested in solving impactful problems in science, medicine, and other projects that have a societal good. You can work independently or with a team, prioritize your projects, and be effective without micromanagement.

Job Description

Element 84 is looking for experienced DevOps engineers with strong Amazon Web Services to support multiple projects, primarily working in the Remote Sensing domain. This engineer will work with teams to deliver continuous deployment, continuous testing, and continuous monitoring processes and technologies for complex operational systems. The ideal candidate would have experience deploying enterprise software within Amazon Web Services. 

You'll care about writing. Our team is remote and written communication is essential. In addition to caring about a well-crafted email and a succinct conference abstract, you understand that good writing is good design and engineering.

Here are examples of things you might be working on:

  • Managing automated infrastructure for handling dozens to hundreds of AWS accounts.
  • Maintenance of Jenkins CI/CD Server, Gitlab CI/CD, or similar and creation of new pipelines for automation.
  • Writing and maintaining infrastructure as Code (Cloudformation, Terraform, CDK)
  • Writing automation scripts in Python, shell scripts, JavaScript and other languages.
  • Designing cloud native architectural approaches.
  • Implementing systems for managing collection of metrics and logs from potentially thousands of instances and other cloud infrastructure.
  • Automating creation of operating system images and containers.
  • Defining standards for DevOps success across Element 84 and customer organizations.
  • Working with security experts to understand organizational security requirements and creating secure implementations.
  • Managing infrastructure and tools for machine learning activities such as training. 

Please submit your information, resume and cover letter if you are interested in this permanent full-time position in the Washington, DC metro area.  Remote candidates welcome but you will be expected to travel for occasional company meetings.


    Here are the guidelines we're looking at to gauge experience and skillset:

    Required Qualifications

    • Writing and maintaining infrastructure as Code (Cloudformation, Terraform, CDK)
    • Working experience with serverless technologies in Kubernetes, Java, Python, AWS, Google Cloud or other widely used Cloud Platform
    • Willingness to support 24x7 operations (with help, of course!) as needed
    • 6+ years of experience working in software development, 3+ years working with Cloud Technologies
    • Experience working with an Agile Development software team
    • Experience with infrastructure monitoring tools (Nagios, New Relic, Splunk, etc.)
    • Strong experience with data engineering tools and technologies (SQL, NoSQL, DynamoDB, Redshift, Athena, Glue, etc.)
    • Strong experience with Linux environments
    • Working experience of cloud architecture patterns and tradeoffs (Serverless, Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)
    • Working understanding of code and script (Ruby, Javascript, and TypeScript)
    • Experience with web server technologies (Nginx, Puma, Unicorn, and/or Tomcat) 

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience with machine learning
    • Experience with build and deployment automation (Bamboo, TeamCity, and/or Jenkins)
    • Familiarity with Node.js and Python
    • Ability to clearly document and communicate architectural concepts at multiple levels
    • B.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related fields (or equivalent experience)

    Additional Information


    Paying attention to who we are as a company-people, family members, friends, and colleagues-is our primary focus at Element 84. There are lots of ways to run a company and for us, it's wanting to come to work, being around people we enjoy, taking on big things with people you trust, and sharing our achievements as a team.

    • You'll get credit when things go right and we'll have your back when things go wrong.
    • We only take on work that is challenging and right for us. There are projects we will turn down and the team has a say.
    • We may be a small company, but we have big company benefits meant to support the idea that we're here for the long term and happiness comes from much more than where you work. 
    • We have an extraordinary retention rate because we hire extraordinary people. We hope that's you.

    Element 84 is an equal opportunity employer, with a company culture that values diversity.

    We embrace inclusivity and believe that diversity of thought, perspective, and experience helps us reach higher and think bigger. Element 84 is committed to hiring the best person for the team and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

    As required by theColorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, Element 84, Inc. provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including, but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only, the range of starting annual compensation for this role is $119,000 - $149,000. In addition, Element 84 may pay annual performance bonuses.

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    Element 84, Inc.


    Alexandria, VA



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