Infrastructure Engineer

LA, SF, NYC Preferred (Remote OK) /
Product Engineering /
Full Time

Islands is a technology company that builds economic infrastructure for the community economy. Communities of all sizes can use our software to manage digital assets and pay people and projects globally. Our vision is to create a new community platform that is open and accessible.

We are funded by major VC funds and individuals such as founders and executives from Reddit, Twitch, Shopify, Notion, Coinbase, and more.

At Islands, we're looking for a seasoned backend engineer to help us design, develop and deploy mission-critical payments infrastructure. We're looking for someone that has the capacity and desire to help lead the technical design of integrations with credit card, banking, and blockchain protocols. An ideal candidate has prior hands on experience building and shipping infrastructure projects from zero to one. 

Here's what your day to day responsibilities looks like:

    • Build our scalable, mission-critical payments infrastructure using modern backend engineering and deployment tools
    • Architect, plan, and develop critical server-side infrastructure for our client-facing products
    • Manage monitoring, observability, and alerting for our production deployment environment
    • Build and manage and execute incident monitoring policies and procedures
    • Design infrastructure that generically supports various payment gateways and blockchains protocols
    • Build out scalable distributed systems infrastructure for multi-cloud, high availability environments
    • Serve as the technical leader for architecture and requirements of mission critical backend infrastructure, helping product and engineering take ideas from concept or pain point through planning, implementation, and launch

Here's what we're looking for in an ideal candidate:

    • 3+ years building and managing the lifecycle for mission critical backend infrastructure (bonus points if experience developing payment services)
    • Experience with Kubernetes, Node.js, Typescript, GraphQL, Postgres, ElasticSearch, Github Actions and general knowledge of cloud infrastructure providers such as Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate complex issues to bring clarity and resolution to ambiguous challenges
    • Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in a positive and motivating manner and help champion technical solutions to business problems
    • Deep understanding of modern Kubernetes-based deployment architecture with a strong understanding of networking, routing, and load balancing in a web-scale context

Bonus if you have this:

    • A passion or growing interest in decentralized technologies
    • An understanding of the basic mechanics of blockchain applications and dApps
    • Prior experience building and scaling distributed data storage engines, high availability payment infrastructure, or blockchain indexing services
Islands is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our business better. If you think you're a good match for our vision and values, we'd love to hear from you!

We're honored you're considering joining us.