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As a firm working at the cutting edge of geospatial technology and social good, Azavea could revitalize the next phase of your career.
Founded in 2001, certified B Corp Azavea has established itself as a leader in the tech industry, using geospatial data to inform communities about a variety of topics, including political redistricting, climate change, conservation, and water management. Notable partners include the Philadelphia Water Department, NOAA, NASA, WRI, The Nature Conservancy, and The Clean Air Council. Locally, Azavea spearheaded the creation of GIS-focused MeetUp, GeoPhilly, built award-winning software GoPhillyGo in collaboration with the Clean Air Council and developed the accessible data resource OpenDataPhilly.
Azavea’s tech stack includes Amazon Web Services, MapBox, React, TypeScript, Scala, SpatioTemporal Asset Catalogs (STAC), Django GeoTrellis, Raster Vision, Leaflet, OpenLayers, PostGIS, Apache Spark, CARTO, and Esri ArcGIS.
All of Azavea’s work is underscored by its mission to serve communities. But to do good work that’s good for others, Azavea first strives to provide a great working environment. Collaboration is part of Azaveans’ daily workflow. For broader, company-wide networking, Azavea’s employee-run Fun Committee is solely devoted to putting on engaging events, like virtual game nights, quizzo and happy hours.
The company’s light-dappled office in the Callowhill neighborhood looks over the Rail Park and embodies what Azavea wants colleagues’ daily working experience to feel like: open, inviting, collaborative.
“There’s an open style of communication. It’s not just like ‘I’m struggling, and I need someone’s help.’ We’re open to feedback throughout the entire process. Everyone on the team is both giving and receiving feedback. Everyone on the team brings their perspective, their background and has an important take on what other people are working on.”Jeff Frankl UX Designer
“A number of people have come from non-engineering backgrounds, so it’s been important for all of us at different times to fill gaps that we just didn’t have covered from our prior experiences. People are really supportive when you’re trying to learn things.”James Santucci Software Engineer
“I’ve never thought of myself as that technical. I definitely come from a more liberal arts background, so I’ve definitely been building a lot of confidence in myself to know that I can learn these things. I can grow my knowledge in the technical area, and everyone at Azavea is super supportive.”Niki LaGrone, Research Coordinator Research Coordinator
"Every project has elements of social good and lowering barriers. I grew up in North Philly, and I didn’t have a lot of opportunities or access. Those are key reasons for why I decided to work at Azavea, or else I wouldn’t be here."Hector Castro Vice President of Engineering
"I learn things here I never thought existed. It’s these things that I would have never thought about in school or at my old job that have put me past what I thought were my limits. I’ve grown a lot more since starting at Azavea."Matt Williams User Experience Design Lead
“We’re more of a medium-sized company. We’re not looking for a big exit. I love the people and the social mission. I enjoy how open and democratic processes are. It’s what inspires me to get up in the morning and work every day."Kathryn Killebrew Software Engineer
Describe the people who work at your company.
Azavea is a community of learners and our colleagues have varied backgrounds and interests. People at Azavea have previously taught, studied classical music, learned to fly a plane, and picked up various languages. We encourage everyone to learn about their coworkers through our regular company events and impromptu chats on Slack.
With flexible hours and trust in our colleagues’ abilities, several Azaveans work remotely full-time and even use that as an opportunity to travel around the world. Azavea is here to enrich your life, so you can put your best foot forward while clocked in and on your own time.
How is your company structured?
Azavea has a team-based structure. Our software engineering teams, which are made up of several full-stack engineers and a project manager, build out our tools and services. These teams collaborate with functional teams made up of operations engineers, designers, marketers, business development professionals, and administrators. Team members check in with one another via daily and weekly stand-ups or critiques.
While onboarding, we find one-on-ones or two-on-ones as a helpful tool for supporting a new hire’s learning process. Questions are always encouraged at Azavea.
What does the learning and development process at your company look like?
We’re the type of workplace that wants to lift up colleagues so the mentees can become mentors. We aim to not only build apps, but also the careers of our team members. For example, we provide opportunities for mentorship through our apprenticeship programs.
For skills development, Azavea has a “10% time” policy that allows every employee to use 10% of their work hours to pursue an original project. Not only does this enhance your resume, but it makes you an all-the-more confident technologist. Past 10% time projects at Azavea have included experiments with machine learning, building internal project management tools, reading groups, Coursera courses, and trying various forms of serverless processing with Amazon Lambda.
What drives your work?
Azavea is driven by the desire to do good for the public. A lot of the applications we build are designed with a specific audience in mind, and for those people, the tools we create affect their lives in a big way.
Above all, we seek applicants that align with our core values, which are:
● Ownership mentality
● Kindness, humility and respect
● Create more value than you capture
● Default to transparency
● Focus on learning & growth
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