Jobs

We are always looking to enhance our team and network of contract technologists and designers with talented individuals who stand out in the fields of cartography, GIS, design technology, and interactive software development. If you are an interactive developer or designer who is excited about the intersection of design and technology - we’d love to hear from you, even if there isn’t an open role that feels like an exact fit. Shoot us an email at jobs@stamen.com with a cover letter and links to your portfolio, github account, or anything else you’d like to show us.

Open Positions

Technical Cartographer
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Overview

Stamen is looking to expand our network of talented cartographers and geospatial developers, especially those with experience designing and building global vector basemaps. Work will range from querying and processing geographic data to curating features into vector data tiles and writing stylesheets to render those features into a beautiful and functional map. We especially need creative and talented individuals who are fluent in the language of cartographic design but also aren’t afraid to dive into source code that makes cutting edge web maps work at a global scale.

About you

You’re able to work well with multiple inputs from a variety of sources: creative direction, technical direction, production expediency, and client feedback. You’re friendly and courteous, good at finding ways to have fun under the pressure of deadlines, ready to sell your approach but also OK with our clients having the final say.

Responsibilities

• Design and iterate on vector map styles (including but not limited to color palettes, iconography, typography, and feature selection) to produce dynamic online basemaps that are beautiful, functional, performant, and meet the design requirements of the client and the client’s users.
• Author vector tile schema specifications to curate geographic features and their attributes into vector data tiles optimized for display across zoom levels from the street scale up to a global view.
• Query, transform, and merge geographic data from diverse sources (including open data and proprietary data providers).
• Collaborate in small-team environments with designers, program directors, cartographic professionals, and other developers in the pursuit of said work.

Skills and experience

Required:
• Demonstrable experience collaboratively designing and creating interactive maps and spatially-oriented experiences.
• Adept and strong with both verbal and text-based communication (Zoom, Slack, email software collaboration tools, etc).
• Ability to manage one’s own work across more than one project at a time.
• We are specifically hoping to find someone who’s worked on designing maps for a first-person/nav-oriented view as opposed to a god’s eye view. First-person game designers might be as relevant/beneficial here as trained cartographers.

Essential:
• Expert knowledge of modern GIS platforms and technologies, especially open-source tools like QGIS, PostGIS, and GDAL/OGR.
• Expert knowledge of web mapping tools including vector and raster map tiles, and libraries such as Leaflet, OpenLayers, MapboxGL, and OpenMapTiles.
• Expert knowledge of one or more web mapping platforms such as Mapbox, CARTO, Google Maps API, ArcGIS API, etc.
• Experience working with OpenStreetMap data.
• Have experience handling JSON and/or other geospatial data formats in Javascript, Python, C, C++, Java, PHP, Swift, etc.
• Know what the best thing is to be doing at any given moment or to ask if you’re unsure.

Desirable:
• Experience with common geospatial packages or libraries for exploratory data analysis in R or Python
• Experience working in the tech industry
• Strong understanding of mapping and data visualization with D3.js
• Understanding of Javascript, CSS, and HTML 5
• Experience with React, JQuery, and Node.js
• Comfort using UNIX command line tools
• San Francisco-proximate desirable but not at all required. The main thing is that you can work with a team that operates on Pacific Time for much of our work.

It would also be nice if you:
• Have worked in client-driven environments/agency-side environments
• Have experience contributing to open source projects
• Have opinions about map projections

To apply, email jobs@stamen.com with a cover letter and links to your portfolio, GitHub account, and anything else that will show us your relevant work.

Designer
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About you

You’re a digital generalist, someone who’s as comfortable designing an interface for an insurance company as choosing colors to communicate about changing bird habitat ranges due to climate change. You are a self-starter, good collaborator, professional hard worker with a great eye & great attitude. You are very comfortable presenting work to clients and with juggling multiple competing priorities. You are eager to design and deliver functional, engaging, user-centered interfaces, experiences, and products.

Responsibilities

• Create interface sketches, wireframes, and prototypes (both static and dynamic) that communicate clearly with client and rest of team
• Design data visualizations that communicate clearly, tell the appropriate story, and are graphically compelling
• Work with data artists and others in concept development, data and content investigation, and drawing out key messages, stories and themes
• Define personas and use cases, perform user research interviews and user testing where applicable
• Execute responsive design systems that are tailored to complex data interactions and exploration
• Work closely with design technologists during final implementation to ensure vision and design standards are met

Skills and experience

• Demonstrated experience designing useful and engaging interfaces
• Skilled with your toolset—whether Illustrator, Sketch, Figma, Zeppelin, etc.—you make it get the job done
• Well-versed in designing across platforms and devices
• Willingness to immerse yourself in unfamiliar data, bringing fresh eyes and a beginner’s mind to learning about the complex and nuanced communication goals our clients face

To apply, email your resume to jobs@stamen.com with a cover letter and links to your portfolio, GitHub account, and anything else that will show us your work live on the Internet. We are evaluating candidates for both contract (project-specific) relationships and potential full time employment.

Design Technologist
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Overview

UX Engineer, Data Visualizer, Design Technologist – whatever you want to call it, Stamen is looking for creative developers with opinions that they can bring to bear on client’s problems. Work will range from polished applications to purely generative, exploratory exercises. It can look like: refining visual forms and interactions, often in geospatial contexts; devising malleable, mobile-friendly modes of same; or purely ideative work that results in multiple story-boarded experiences; or prototypical, data driven application interfaces that provide new insights or utility. Sometimes it looks like all of the above for the same client, or for multiple clients simultaneously.

About you

You’re able to work well with inputs from a variety of sources: creative direction, technical direction, production expediency, and client feedback. You’re friendly and courteous, good at finding ways to have fun under the pressure of deadlines, ready to sell your approach but also OK with our clients having the final say.

Responsibilities

• Meet with clients to ascertain needs, evaluate scope, and provide estimation and guidance
• Design and develop interactive data visualizations, maps, and other creative projects for a variety of use cases, spanning consumer products, business tools, and purely artistic work
• Collaborate in small-team environments with designers, cartographers and other developers in the pursuit of said work.
• Work with the client to define requirements, create prototypes, & develop user stories.
• Design, develop, test, iterate, and refine application code.
• Contribute to technical documentation including verbose code & repository comments, user manuals, and training materials

Essential skills

• Expert understanding of Javascript and modern web frameworks such as React and Vue
• Strong understanding of data visualization theory and implementation with Dffi3 or related libraries
• Comfortable using Git and GitHub
• Adept and strong with verbal and text-based communication
• Know what the best thing is to be doing at any given moment or to ask if you’re unsure
• Passionate about learning and growing
• Value the experience of helping customers/clients realize their goals through the application of your creative technology skills
• Ability to manage one’s own work across more than one project at a time. While we appreciate and value the benefits of focus, agency work often requires working for multiple clients at the same time.

It would also be nice if you have

• Demonstrable experience designing and creating interactive maps and spatially-oriented experiences (GIS systems experience).
• Familiarity with deploying servers and managing diverse datasets using cloud-based services such as AWS or similar
• Knowledge of common statistical techniques for exploring and understanding new and unfamiliar datasets, including some experience with data science tools such as R or Pandas.
• Have worked in client-driven environments / agency-side environments
• Have experience contributing to open source projects
• Have opinions about map projections

To apply, email jobs@stamen.com with a cover letter and links to your portfolio, GitHub account, and anything else that will show us your relevant work. Stamen is committed to maintaining a diverse, inclusive and welcoming work environment.