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Mapping Software Developer

Position is at FlightAware Headquarters - Houston, TX (location).

FlightAware is looking for a geospatial mapping software developer to create the next generation of interactive aeronautical data. This individual will utilize modern GIS toolsets to create and manage cartographic assets in support of our various applications. We deliver maps to web browsers, phones, tablets, walls, situation rooms, newspaper and TV networks, to customers through our FlightXML API, to elevators throughout the country, and other custom presentation forms.

Technically, this person is comfortable maintaining and evolving software written in scripting languages such as Javascript, Python, Perl, or Tcl, and confident to build additional tools in the same languages. This person needs to have a strong background and demonstrable track record in software development and relational data design expertise. This person is GIS savvy, or capable of quickly becoming GIS savvy, and will have comfort working with and integrating open source GIS tools into workflows to achieve the company’s objectives. This person is unafraid of the mathematics that belie GIS and GIS toolsets. Existing experience with OpenLayers and/or mapserver is highly preferred, with preference given to individuals that have made nontrivial patches or contributions to one or both projects.

Professionally, this person is driven to execute, deliver, and complete projects independently, seeking advice and direction from team members when needed, and plowing ahead to completion when the path forward is clear. This person is naturally curious, exploring new technologies in order to stay current, but balances the use of new and old to ensure that execution is priority.

A pilot, or individual looking to pursue his or her private pilot license, is a big plus. Benefits include medical insurance and 401K with matching.


  • Strong experience with CSS, Javascript, jQuery
  • Scripting (shell, Python, other)
  • RDBMS (Postgres / PostGIS / MySQL)
  • Experience with Git, including branching and merging strategies
  • Experience with with OpenLayers and/or mapserver
  • GIS experience a plus


  • Matching 401(k)
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Performance-based bonuses

About us

We have fascinating engineering problems and have released a bunch of open source projects. We're a fun, high-caliber team that trusts you and gives you the freedom to be brilliant. This profile of us by 37signals is a good overview of who we are.

We use Git for version control, PostgreSQL as our database, and Tcl as our main scripting language. We also have a pretty serious Javascript code base as well as mobile apps written in Objective C, Java, and C++. You don't need to have expertise on all of those tools; you just need to be smart and passionate about software.

FlightAware 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, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Must have current work authorization for any employer in the US and not require sponsorship now or in the future.

Our open positions are closed to agency/third-party submissions.

Application instructions

To apply and provide a small demonstration of your technical prowess, send your application to:

by setting the content of the data variable to valid JSON with the following properties:

name: String with your name (required)
email: String with your email address (required)
position: String with the position you are applying for (required) 
urls: Array of strings with links to your resume, site, or sample projects (required)
comment: String with any comment/request you might have (optional)

You will receive a 200 response on success.


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