Back End Developer (Volunteer)

  • Earth Hero
  • Remote
  • Sep 10, 2021
Volunteer role Engineering: Software

Job Description

Back End Developer (Volunteer)

Note: The following is an opportunity for flexible, part-time, volunteer work to address climate change. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment. A 6 months commitment is preferred. This is a remote-from-home position. 

Are you an experienced Back End Developer? Do you want to make a difference in the climate crisis? Are you motivated by working with smart and talented individuals who are creating a better world? Can you commit approximately 7 - 10 hours a week, working remotely on your own schedule with our far-flung, diverse team? If so, we would love to chat about your help and unique talents. 

Who We Are

Earth Hero is a global all-volunteer nonprofit organization with users in 153 countries. We exist to make it easy to act on climate change. The climate emergency we currently face requires adequate and immediate action. It is one of the most threatening crises of our time. To rise to the challenge, we help people discover personalized, positive steps to care for our shared planet, improve lives, and build a better future. Check out and download the free app to get to know us better and see if our mission and project resonate with you.

We are looking for action-oriented individuals who are excited to address climate change. As a startup, we are looking for people who will help build and scale our impact and at the same time are willing to roll up their sleeves to get stuff done! This is an opportunity to be part of an organization where you can have a direct impact, grow your experience, and have the flexibility to fit the role into your life.


  • Lead back end development through all aspects of software design and implementation.
  • Help take ideas from inception to production. Remain hands-on and contribute code.
  • Developer scripts to quantify the positive impacts of Earth Hero users, such as climate actions completed and emissions reduced.
  • Implement email triggers to send items such as custom welcome messages and climate action reminders.
  • Assess data security and enhance where needed.
  • Improve sophistication of processes and tools to increase team and app impact.

Experiences useful in this role

  • 3+ years of experience in backend engineering.
  • Firebase especially, or similar NoSQL databases, is a bonus.
  • A creative mind and an eye for design details.
  • Ability to take initiative, learn new things, and apply them.
  • Good communication skills, time management, and attention to detail and to partners are key attributes in this role.


  • Be part of the solution to one of the biggest challenges of our age.
  • Channel your talents and passion in an interesting environment.
  • Experience and help shape an up-and-coming nonprofit organization.
  • Develop new skills and valuable experience to enhance your professional trajectory.
  • Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis.
  • Have fun while you make a difference.


You will work remotely and on your own schedule. Roles work best with a minimum commitment of 6 months for 7 - 10 hours a week (or more if you like!). Because our all-volunteer team is spread throughout the world, we rely mostly on a combination of Slack, Github, and video calls to communicate.

If you possess a high level of self-motivation, work well independently, have strong collaboration skills, enjoy the opportunity to partner with like-minded individuals, and can commit quality time per week to help achieve team goals, we would love to hear from you.

To Apply

To apply, send your resume/CV or LinkedIn profile and a brief message explaining why you are a good fit for this volunteer position. Please note that there are a limited number of positions available. You can submit through this platform or send a message to


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Advocacy or Policy, Buildings & Cities, Consumer Goods, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Pollution & Waste Reduction, Supporting Catalysts, Transportation