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Site Reliability Engineer

Infrastructure | Alameda, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world.  Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. We work with governments, civic agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas - be it in sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping out the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking.  As a result of our work, we have been selected as one of the "Forbes Top 10 Wonders of 2021", as well as the Smithsonian Institute's "Top 10 Ocean Stories of 2021", New York Times' "Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021", and Popular Science's "100 Greatest Innovations of 2021".   We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC and St. Petersburg, FL and operate our missions worldwide.  We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective.

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

The Role

As a Saildrone Site Reliability Engineer you will be part of the Technical Infrastructure team and responsible for scaling our infrastructure, improving developer efficiency, building automation and tooling to support both internal and customer facing products.  The Saildrone R&D team is passionate about metric based analysis and data driven decision making.  As an SRE you will help drive the collection of useful, actionable metrics and influence the architectural decision making process.

  • Advocate for reliability through testing, documentation, and standard methodologies

  • Drive standardization across our services and teams to simplify our platform and processes

  • Maintain production services by measuring and monitoring availability, utilization, and overall system health

  • Perform root cause analysis to increase the reliability and resilience of systems

  • Represent the Technical Infrastructure group in cross functional design meetings

Required skills and experience

  • Excellent technical design and documentation skills

  • Experience running production workloads on Kubernetes

  • Fluency in SCM (e.g. GitHub)

  • Familiarity working with containers (Docker).

  • Deep experience running production systems on AWS

  • Strong eye for quality control and attention to detail

Desire skills and experience

  • Security focused design

  • Experience with Infrastructure as code tooling such as Packer, Terraform, Ansible, Salt.

  • Experience with SIEM platforms such as Splunk or ELK.


Location: This position can be in Alameda, CA or the option of being remote. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered.  Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.

  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents

  • Enhanced paternity / maternity programs

  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan


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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.


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