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Full Stack Java Developer

Arlington, VA, USA
Salary : $85,000.00

Job Description
NatureServe is seeking to hire a full stack software engineer to design and implement map-centric web applications using Java and Esri ArcGIS technologies. Candidates with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), geospatial, Drupal, or PHP development experience are strongly preferred, though we will consider all individuals that can demonstrate their ability to learn quickly.

NatureServe's software engineers work on a mixture of new and existing projects. Some of the applications we build allow scientists to collect and manage information about rare and endangered species and ecosystems. Other applications provide conservation professionals and planners with tools that analyze this data and help guide their conservation decisions. Finally, we build websites that present this information to educate the public on the natural world that surrounds them, allowing them to explore the challenges that face it and discover the ways in which they can help. Most of these projects have a very heavy focus on geospatial data. If you are not yet an expert on interactive, web-based mapping applications, this position should provide opportunities to learn!

NatureServe is not a traditional software development company. We are a non-profit primarily comprised of scientists and conservation professionals. You will join a small group of talented, dedicated software engineers that work alongside our scientists as members of agile teams. All our software engineers are fully engaged in the complete life cycle of software development, from requirements and design through implementation and testing.

Experience and Skills

This position is for a software engineer to develop web applications built using Java. Development tasks are expected to include a heavy focus on geospatial data. This position will involve working across the complete life cycle of software development, from requirements and design through implementation and testing. This position may occasionally assist other NatureServe software project teams developing highly interactive websites using Drupal and PHP.


Work within an agile team environment to develop web applications built using Java.

Occasionally assist other project teams building web applications using Drupal and PHP.

Be fully involved in the complete life cycle of software development, from requirements gathering through design, implementation, and testing.

The essential job functions listed above are not meant to be all-inclusive and may be subject to change at any time.


3+ years of experience developing web applications and services using Java, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS

Familiarity with widely used Java libraries and frameworks including Spring, Jersey, Jackson, and Hibernate

Willingness and ability to work across all aspects of a web development stack

Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstancesand learn new technologies as needed

Proficiency with source control systems, especially Git

Proficiency with issue tracking software, e.g. JIRA


The following skills are not requirements but would be very beneficial.

PHP development experience

Experience with CMS administration or development, especially Drupal

Experience with developing web applications with responsive behaviors

Experience with one or more widely used libraries and frameworks such as React, jQuery, AngularJS, Knockout, Dojo, etc.

Demonstrable visual design skills, especially involving user-system interactions

Experience with web and/or desktop GIS, especially the ArcGIS API for JavaScript (3.x and 4.x versions)

Experience with ArcGIS Server

Basic SQL skills and relational database experience

Python development experience

Basic experience with web server administration capabilities, e.g. Apache Tomcat, Apache Http Server

Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Azure cloud computing platforms

We consider candidates from any educational background. We value your ability to solve problems over your formal education credentials.

Ability to conform to standard office hours

Ability to move or adjust light computer and peripheral equipment

Ability to travel occasionally

NatureServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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2550 South Clark Street, Suite 930
Arlington, VA, 22202 USA
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