If you bring exceptional talent to the table, are passionate about birding or conservation and want to be part of a friendly team of birders building the world’s best birding apps, please email us!

Current Openings:


Front End Web Developer:

Birds in the Hand, work location flexible

About Birds in the Hand

Birds in the Hand is a leader in the nature app space for iOS and Android platforms. Our app portfolio includes BirdsEye, BirdLog (now eBird Mobile), Merlin Bird ID, Daily Bird, and BirdsEye Hotspots.  We are a small, dedicated group of scientists and naturalists passionate about technologies that support citizen science. We are expanding into new citizen science projects that will require additional apps, and building out websites to capture and communicate data for these projects.  We looking for a part-time web developer who can create a great site from scratch and is also passionate about citizen science. The work location and hours are quite flexible.

Skills Required:

  • Strong WordPress, PHP, SQL development skills
  • Experience working with/building custom databases
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interact and communicate professionally with all levels of staff and management
  • Able to work independently in an efficient manner

Responsibilities:

  • Develop new websites that allow users to report sightings for different flora and fauna through the use of maps and manual entry of location information.
  • Capture information in existing and to-be-developed databases.
  • Provide user friendly, robust, and visually appealing front ends using WordPress and other CMS
  • Perform maintenance and implement new features for the various websites
  • Work with our team to identify problems and correct issues
  • Create time estimates for projects assigned to you
  • Implement and document features that support both basic and power users
  • Work independently and with little supervision. Some interactions with other development, marketing and operations team members
  • Develop and optimize front-end UI functionality to ensure web applications are rendered consistently and efficiently in cross-browser environment
  • Follow industry trends with regard to front-end technologies and techniques

Qualifications:

  • 2 more years of front-end programming with a proven track record of building and maintaining complex javascript front-ends.
  • Experience building excellent, consumer web application interfaces
  • Expert Javascript/HTML5/CSS3/AJAX coding skills
  • Strong command of web standards, CSS-based design, cross-browser compatibility
  • A passion for good documentation and code standards
  • Quick learner with a drive to learn more
  • Great organizational skills, and an attention to detail, consistency, and simplicity
  • Logical team-player, with excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively on multiple projects under a tight schedule
  • Strong understanding and experience using WordPress and other content management systems.
  • Strong understanding of SQL including the MySQL and MS SQL flavors
  • Experience with PHP a plus
  • Love and interest of nature a plus and probably required in order to be happy with the relative low pay of the position.

Desired Qualities:

  • Experience with libraries (such as jQuery or Prototype)
  • Experience with CSS frameworks (such as LESS or Sass)

This is a part time position at a relatively low wage that will provide immense satisfaction and great flexibility.  There are no medical/dental benefits, PTO, 401k or paid holidays.

Birds in the Hand is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to support@birdsinthehand.com


Chief Marketing Officer:

Location: Pasadena, CA (Remote / telecommute is possible)

If you have a passion for bringing new technologies to market for nature-related digital publishing, it would be hard to imagine a more exciting senior management opportunity than helping lead the BirdsEye team.

We are a mission-driven for-profit startup that publishes apps that tie together citizen science, conservation and birds. Our goal is to become the leading digital publisher of high-quality, field guide content.

Job Description:

This is a senior leadership position that will play a key role in determining the overall direction of the company.

  • Identify, plan and implement strategic partnerships that strengthen our ability to deliver world-class digital content to our users and grow our user base
  • Help develop a multi-year marketing plan to penetrate related market sectors as we pursue short-term financing

Job Description:

  • Work with CEO, COO and board of directors to define strategic plan and lead implementation of marketing strategy
  • Plan and execute best-in-class marketing, including marketing performance metrics
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with current and potential strategic marketing partners in travel, digital publishing, traditional publishing
  • Lead outreach to new potential strategic partners, including publishers, content providers and marketing strategic partners

Requirements:

  • Senior management experience in marketing, sales, business development or strategic planning roles in a startup or other rapid-growth environment
  • MBA or equivalent
  • Proven ability to identify, define and close high-value strategic partnership relationships
  • Direct work experience in one or more of the following areas: publishing, especially digital publishing; web-based business development; or marketing for a web-enabled or mobile software businesses

Compensation:

  • Initially a part-time and unpaid advisory position; competitive compensation upon successful completion of financing.
  • Best of all, you will receive free copies of the most avanced birding apps in the world for yourself, friends and family!!!

iOS App Developer

Job Summary: Your job will be to help create the best birding app that ever existed.

  • Work with your BirdsEye teammates to define and execute improvements for BirdsEye enhancements, including data structures, code architecture, API definitions
  • Areas of knowledge: iOS app development, including publishing in the App Store, SQLite, APIs, user account, subscription management, crash logging, conversion tracking, GPS and mapping
  • Develop, present, implement and document technical solutions to meet specifications
  • Work with your teammates to prioritize enhancements and bug fixes over time
  • Coordinate the work of outside developers who will be hired on an as-needed basis
  • Android App Development, server-side Phython/SQL or server maintenance experience a plus

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in computer science or equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years experience as a programmer, with at least one commerical iOS app under your belt
  • Preference will be given to birders
  • Important Note  excellent English language skills are NOT a requirement for this position.  We would be happy to have a birder on our team who lives and works in Europe, Africa, Latin America or Asia to help provide us with local birding knowledge in those areas.

Pay: $40 to 85/hour or higher depending on experience and location

Type: Part-time, contract

Location: telecommute or work in from our Pasadena, CA office


Android App Developer

Job Summary: Your job is to work with a team of motivated, bright, fanatical birders to help build the best Android birding app that ever existed!

  • Work with your BirdsEye teammates to define the specifications for BirdsEye for Android
  • Areas of knowledge: Android app development, including publishing in the Google Market, in-app purchases, SQLite, APIs, user account subscription management, crash logging, conversion tracking, GPS and mapping
  • Develop, present, implement and document technical solutions to meet specifications
  • Work with your teammates to prioritize enhancements and bug fixes over time
  • iOS app development, server-side Phython/SQL or server maintenance experience would all be considered a plus

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in computer science or equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years experience as a programmer, with at least one commerical Android app under your belt
  • Preference will be given to birders
  • Important Note  excellent English language skills are NOT a requirement for this position.  We would be happy to have a birder on our team who lives and works in Europe, Africa, Latin America or Asia to help provide us with local birding knowledge in those areas.

Pay: $40 to 85/hour or higher depending on experience and location

Type: Part-time, contract

Location: telecommute or work in from our Pasadena, CA office.

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