Software Engineer, Language & Translation

Remote Product

Location: Preferred Timezones: Europe, Africa, South & Southeast Asia


Wikimedia projects are built to be collaborative, multilingual and usable by people from around the world. The Language team works on projects that enable users to collaborate, consume, and contribute valuable content in more than 300 languages. We are currently working on several projects that are being gradually rolled out for users. 

Our team is fully remote and team members work from various places around the world.

As a Software Engineer, you will be responsible for:

  • working with other Software Engineers, Product Managers, Designers and QA Engineers to develop user interface features, fix bugs, review code and participate in engineering discussions that influence our project decisions. You will be mostly working on JavaScript, CSS, and HTML5. There may be an occasional need to work with PHP.
  • adhering to open source software development discipline when working with the rest of the team such as using bug trackers, version control, code review systems, asynchronous communication methods (chat/email) etc.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, linguistics or STEM field; or 5 years software development experience
  • Knowledge of web development is a must
  • Knowledge of developing and debugging in Linux/Unix (LAMP) environments
  • Interest in focused software engineering: you write unit tests, review code and respond to code reviews, and discuss architectural approach
  • Passionate about free knowledge, and familiar with open source software development practices
  • Willing to travel occasionally - sometimes internationally - for team and organizational meetings

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Clearly and concisely communicating complex ideas about software and software development
  • A desire to create features for everyone, everywhere and to optimize at the intersection of performance and user perception
  • Comfortable working in a multicultural, remote, distributed team across many time zones
  • An interest in working with legacy software and modernizing code
  • Instrumenting new and core features and maintaining a set of key performance indicators

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Experience developing in PHP
  • Familiarity with JavaScript frameworks and libraries such as jQuery, Vue, React etc. 
  • Knowledge about internationalization
  • Experience working remotely with a team distributed across many time zones
  • Experience contributing to Wikimedia projects
  • Good presentation skills
  • Working knowledge of a language other than English

We'd like to see your work!  Here are a few things you'll need:

  • If you have any existing open source software that you've developed (these could be your own software or patches to other packages), please share the URLs for the source. Links to your projects on GitHub, GitLab, BitBucket, etc. are exceptionally useful.

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 Foundation
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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