You love an app that makes you smile, right? Well, GooseChase was created to help people have a ton of fun.
Founded at a University of Waterloo hackathon by Andrew Cross, we began with the simple idea of making scavenger hunts easy to create. Over the past 10 years, we’ve evolved into a super-flexible digital platform used by millions around the globe!
With all that fun and flexibility, we’ve been growing like crazy. For teachers in the classroom, we’re the new “TV cart”, aka the learning tool that students legitimately look forward to. For today’s workplaces, virtual or otherwise, we help the team connect with each other to the point where they want to come into (or log on) to work. And for local cities and towns, we bring families together in a way that truly builds a sense of community. From fundraisers to math lessons, virtual team events, to campus orientation weeks, GooseChase helps people create engaging, playful, and out-of-the-ordinary experiences to be enjoyed from anywhere.
So what exactly is this job?
Our purpose has always been to make the world more fun, playful and human, and our Full Stack Engineers are key to fulfilling our purpose.
Within our product team there are no silos or artificial barriers, meaning you’ll be working closely with other engineers and designers. Whatever will help give our customers the best experience possible!
While by no means an exhaustive list, here are some of the things a successful candidate will have experience in:
- Modern front-end web technologies such as TypeScript, Webpack, Express.js, and React.js
- Using server side rendering alongside single page applications
- Server / scripting technologies such as Node.js and Python
- Relational databases such as PostgreSQL and MySQL
- Distributed computing systems such as RabbitMQ, Apache Kafka, Redis
- Open source instrumentation systems such as Prometheus, Grafana, and OpenTelemetry
- Version control - e.g. Git, Mercurial, SVN
- DevOps technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, and Helm
- Managing and deploying services on the public cloud - e.g. AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure
- CI/CD technologies such as CircleCI and Jenkins
Looking at how we work, our methodologies are:
Continuous integration using CircleCI to empower developer autonomy and shorten development cycles
- Agile, with two week sprint cycles
- Daily async check-ins - stay connected to the team, but without zombie standups
- Project management in Asana, with our “office” taking place on Slack & Zoom - we have a very strong gif game
How do you know if this might be for you?
From a day to day perspective, you’ll be a core member of our cross-functional product development team led by Logan Fuller primarily focused on the participant experience. You’ll be working alongside a team of highly motivated, world-class engineers with tons of opportunities for learning, growth, and mentorship.
Be prepared to bring your ‘A’ game!
We understand that relevant experience comes in all shapes and sizes and the ability to do the job is all that matters. With that in mind, we aren’t going to put together a generic list of all the requirements that we’re looking for with this job, however, there are certain things we are looking for - specifically:
- Have you been able to collaborate & communicate successfully with others in a cross-functional team?
- Do you have very high standards for your work and desire to work with other talented people?
- Have you succeeded at building effective web apps and APIs in the past?
- Do you bring a depth of expertise in security and performance best practices?
- Are you able to take UX and design into account when developing front end applications?
- Are you comfortable architecting APIs as well as developing corresponding documentation?
- Are you comfortable working within multiple projects and technologies simultaneously with minimal supervision?
- Are you based in the GMT-4 to GMT-8 time zones (North America), so you can work closely with our distributed product team?
- Can you get down with an uncomfortable amount of goose puns?
Ok the last one isn’t super work related, but we honestly do have a lot of goose puns. It’s one of our favourite parts of our culture!