Systems Engineer

Seattle, Washington /
Technology – Engineering /
About DroneSeed/Silvaseed:  

Our mission is simple: Make reforestation scalable to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.  Trees are highly effective at carbon removal, but fires are devastating our forests. We understand the challenges faced with reforestation, so we’ve built tools to help at each stage: 

- Seed. Fires eliminate seed stored in the soil for regeneration. This creates challenges for seed supply. To respond, we’ve expanded Silvaseed to become the largest private seed bank in the Western U.S.  

- Grow space. There’s not enough nursery greenhouse capacity to grow seedlings. We’re currently growing millions of seedlings per year at Silvaseed and, while we’re doubling that output, we’re creating a replicable method to scale further.   

- Better tools for labor. We need better tools to accomplish more reforestation faster. DroneSeed utilizes heavy lift drone swarms to deliver seed vessels after wildfire and boost seed establishment in combination with seedlings that are interplanted later.  

- Finance. DroneSeed is developing one of the first projects using the Climate Action Reserve’s Climate Forward protocol. This and future projects following the protocol will be protected by legal easements on replanted and re-seeded land, monitored by state-accredited land trusts, and have insurance buffer pools in place in case fire occurs again. Under the CAR protocol, DroneSeed is generating the most transparent, highest-quality forestry-based carbon offsets on the market.  

We need to overcome these four reforestation challenges to build back even a fraction of the forests we lose from wildfires every year. That's why we set out to build a model to make reforestation scaleable, which requires expanding the supply chain systems and financial flywheels behind them.   TL:DR? Check out this Ecopreneurs video by Salesforce. 

More Details: 
DroneSeed HQ: Ballard Brewery District, Seattle, WA
Silvaseed HQ: Roy, WA 

Team size: ~100 

Notable Investors: Marc Tarpenning, co-founder Tesla, Tobi Lutke, CEO Shopify, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder Reddit, Marc Benioff, Court Lorenzini, 1st CEO DocuSign. Four of the nine AngelList syndicates that invested in DroneSeed are LGBTQ+ or female-led. Our Series A round included continued participation from prior investors Massive,, and Rob Ness Syndicate who have supported the company since DroneSeed completed Techstars Seattle in 2016. 

Market: $277B Carbon Offset Market (Refinitiv Analysis, Bloomberg NEF) 

Revenue: Data will be shared with qualified candidates 

Clients: 3 of 5 largest timber companies, nonprofits such as The Nature Conservancy, Tribal Nations, state and federal agencies, small family forests 

Media: Ecopreneurs,CNN, CNBC, NYMag,Mark Rober,National Geographic, Today Show, Bloomberg, Cheddar News, NPR - KUOW 

If our work thrills and inspires you, we’d love to receive your application!

About you

    • Passionate about the environment and combating climate change
    • Ability to dive deep on critical technical areas and own them — discover root problems, what solutions exist, which ones should we use, and why
    • Work best collaboratively - reviewing solutions, mentoring earlier career engineers, working with product managers, designers, data scientists, and domain experts
    • No-ego output — welcoming of good faith, constructive criticism
    • Build solutions that are functional, tested, understandable, debuggable, and reliable
    • Four-year/advanced degree in STEM, a related field, or equivalent independent experience.

Some things we work on

    • Uncrewed aircraft platform design, sourcing, construction, integration, and technical support
    • Seed vessel deployment systems
    • Creating and improving equipment used by our Operations team
    • Design, sourcing, and maintenance of fleet support vehicles

How we work

    • We are a centralized tech team, and not officially embedded in other departments
    • Our process prioritizes quality, peer review, rigorous testing, and reliability as much as is feasible
    • A focus on user stories with dynamic (Kanban) style prioritization, driven by Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)

A plus if you have experience with

    • Forest science, silviculture, biology, environmental science, or related work
    • Uncrewed and autonomous systemsAerospace manufacturing and design
    • Industry-standard flight control hardware integration
    • Hardware / software in the loop simulation
    • Root cause failure analysis
    • Hardware / software debugging
    • RF systems integration and considerations
    • Design for environments with high electrical / mechanical noise
    • Hardware-software integration
Benefits of working at DroneSeed:
We're focused on making a positive impact on the environment.  We value a highly diverse team, have a supportive and collaborative office culture conveniently located in north Seattle (Ballard). Taking care of your health comes first. We cover 75% of your medical, dental, and vision premiums.  We have a flexible vacation policy, so take the time off you need; we don’t track vacation or sick time.

Other Information:
Candidates must be eligible to work at DroneSeed HQ in the Ballard Brewery District of Seattle, WA. DroneSeed is an equal-opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse team.  If you’re deeply committed to our mission and ready to bring your problem solving skills to teams focused on multi-vehicle, heavy-lift drone operations in some of the world’s most challenging terrain environments, we’d love to speak with you.