Software Engineer (Release Engineering)

San Francisco, CA or Remote Technology

Software Engineer


Wikimedia's technology department is tasked with building, improving, and maintaining the infrastructure of the Wikimedia sites. The Release Engineering team's role is to enable confident code deployment and optimal delivery to production for all services that make up our production infrastructure.

As a software engineer on the Release Engineering team you'll be at the intersection of developer productivity and site reliability for Wikipedia and our other wikis. Our team is geographically distributed in 3 countries and 5 different time zones.

The Release Engineering team is a part of the larger Engineering Productivity group at the Wikimedia Foundation, with expertise on everything from testing practices to web performance.


The Software Engineer in this role will be responsible for increasing developer productivity and enabling new features to hit production quickly.  Other responsibilities will include:

  • Deploy to all of our wikis, including Wikipedia
  • Help build container-based tooling for MediaWiki application development and automated deployment
  • Add features to our continuous integration / delivery pipeline
  • Upgrade and maintain Release Engineering production systems for our large developer user base:
    • Development environments
    • CI/CD infrastructure: Jenkins, Zuul, Docker
    • Code review: Gerrit
    • Issue tracking: Phabricator 
    • Deployment tooling
  • Be a role model for Wikimedia's values 


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in related work experience
  • Sufficient proficiency in both written and verbal communication in English to be understood in an asynchronous work environment
  • Collaboration and consensus-making skills
  • Experience with systems/devops engineering and software
  • Experience with continuous integration/deployment systems
  • Familiarity with server configuration management software (professional experience with Puppet is a plus)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional experience with one or more of the following: Python, Go, PHP
  • Free culture/Free software experience
  • Remote work experience
  • You are inspired by our guiding principles and our mission
  • Professional experience working with legacy software systems
  • Familiarity with/involvement in the Wikimedia movement
  • Located within the UTC+3–UTC-8 time zones for easier alignment with existing team mix

The Wikimedia Foundation is... 

...the nonprofit organization that hosts and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge, free of interference. We host the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive financial support from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!)
  • The Wellness Program provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, baby sitting, continuing education and much more
  • The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary
  • Flexible and generous time off - vacation, sick and volunteer days, plus 19 paid holidays - including the last week of the year.
  • Family friendly! 100% paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, flexible options to phase back in after leave, fully equipped lactation room.
  • For those emergency moments - long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program
  • Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
  • Telecommuting and flexible work schedules available
  • Appropriate fuel for thinking and coding (aka, a pantry full of treats) and monthly massages to help staff relax
  • Great colleagues - diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people

*Eligible international workers' benefits are specific to their location and dependent on their employer of record

More information

Wikimedia 2030
Wikimedia Medium Term Plan
Diversity and inclusion information for Wikimedia workers, by the numbers
Wikimania 2019
Annual Report - 2017 

This is Wikimedia Foundation 
Facts Matter
Our Projects
Fundraising Report


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