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iOS Developer

Engineering | Alameda, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Saildrone

Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar-powered autonomous surface vehicles called saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. We are busy building the world's largest high-resolution ocean datasets, working with governments and private companies around the globe. We believe that better inputs in planetary models in turn yield better outputs and that the new insights gained in weather forecasting, carbon cycling, global fishing and climate change will have a tremendous impact on humanity. We are based in Alameda, CA and are backed by Social Capital, The Capricorn Investment Group, Lux Capital and The Schmidt Family Foundation.

About The Role

The Saildrone fleet of ocean-going drones tirelessly roams the world's oceans collecting data that drive new planetary insights. These are delivered to our customers via beautiful mobile and web apps. We are looking for an outstanding and passionate iOS Developer to transform complex user requirements into first-class beautiful mobile experiences.

Among other things you will lead the development of our Saildrone Control App. You will be responsible for developing, maintaining, and debugging it.  This includes lots of new functionality as well as updating what already exists.  You’ll take users ideas, turn them into a clean, coherent design, take feedback and then implement them.

You will be a part of a team of talented individuals who are just as passionate about supporting one another as they are about our planetary mission. Honesty and willingness to accept feedback are critical, as is a sense of humor and generally having fun!


  • Make the experience of using Saildrone apps professional, delightful, and effective
  • Communicate your ideas through wireframes, mockups, and interactive prototypes
  • Write clean, robust Swift / Objective-C that powers your apps
  • Communicate with the drones themselves concisely and effectively
  • Work closely with senior engineers and interact with cloud, hardware, and software developers
  • Work directly with users in a mission critical environment (e.g. on the water)


  • Passion for learning and sharing knowledge with the team around you
  • Familiarity with sailing terminology and techniques
  • Experience with network challenged environments a plus
  • 2+ years of experience in developing iOS applications that make use of Core Location, MapKit, MapboxGL and others.
  • Passion for creating mobile products; personal projects or other work (send us links to your GitHub repos)
  • UX, UI and design skills a plus
  • A passion for Saildrone's mission


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents
  • Healthy lunch program provided onsite
  • Active sailing classes: become a certified skipper on boats up to 35ft!
  • Fun team activities including our famous monthly social taxiway BBQ
  • Waterfront office, a former airplane hangar that was once used to film 'The Matrix'
  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
  • Enhanced paternity/maternity programs
  • Competitive benefits including discounted gym, life insurance, 401k plan

This is an exciting new opportunity to drive your function at a fast-growing post series-A startup at the cutting edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of an A+ multi-disciplinary team scaling a high-performance business while delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

Our waterfront office offers beautiful views over San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Your commute could be a short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mixing software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar that was once used to film 'The Matrix'.

You can read what the press says about us:

Inc - The most exciting drones aren't in the air, they are in the oceans
The New York Times - No sailors needed: robot sailboats scour the oceans for data
NOAA - Sailing for scientific success in the Bering Sea
Wired - The drone that will sail itself around the world

Or watch the Saildrone mission being presented the TED stage

Saildrone is an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.


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