Freelance Technologists - Software Engineers

To apply for this job please sign in or enter your email below.

Trestle · Remote (USA)

Partners & Advocates
Public Service & Civic Engagement
$150 Per Hour
Posted 2 weeks ago

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Trestle is looking for Software Engineers from all backgrounds and walks of life who have experience and passion for building inclusive, human-centered, accessible and secure digital products and services that are critical to the success of movement groups, non-profits, progressive candidates and committees.


This application is for the Trestle Network: a community of technologists who we engage on an ongoing freelance basis to work on some of the most critical technological challenges for the progressive movement in 2022 and beyond.


About the roles

  • Compensation: $150 per hour.

  • Once you’re in the Trestle Network, you’ll be matched with projects based on the needs of the engagement and your availability – this may happen right away, or it may take some time.

  • Project time commitments are varied: they range from 15 - 40 hours per week.

  • Projects typically last 1 month, though a handful will be 3+ months long.

  • Project work will be conducted 100% remotely.  Once on a project, you’ll engage regularly with both your partner org and the other technologists in the Network via Slack.

  • We’ll support you with community, feedback and support of a cohort of peer technologists working across the sector.

  • We provide the tools and framework for the engagement, you bring your knowledge and willingness to work with partners to make their software better!


What you’ll do:

You’ll collaborate with small teams of PMs, engineers and designers to help political tech organizations quickly identify gaps in their existing technologies and services, and/or scale up new tools/features in response to user need, security risk, tech reliability, etc. Activities include:

  • Interview and embed with team members of high impact political and progressive organizations to understand software architecture, reliability, security gaps of various organizations;

  • Collaborate with partner orgs, product managers, designers and other engineers to assess, analyze and make recommendations to resolve technical and user needs;

  • Build prototypes with no-code solutions that can be easily maintained by non-technical partners;

  • Help to implement baseline best practices such as DDOS mitigation, Kubernetes configuration, respond to bug bounty reports and caching fine-tuning.


Engineering skills we’re looking for:

  • Production engineering experience running end-to-end software products at scale, preferably on Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform;

  • Experience collaborating with engineers, data analysts, and product managers to take on complex integration issues;

  • Willingness to dive into problems up and down the stack, work on web applications, ETL jobs, and any broad technical challenge that arises.


Other things we’re looking for:

  • A strong commitment to working on teams within a values system that includes diversity, equity, and inclusivity;

  • Dedication to agile, human-centered, and standard industry best practices for product development;

  • Great communication skills, including the ability to jump in and communicate with new team members on short timelines. Must be comfortable synthesizing and explaining technology projects in layperson’s terms, both verbally and in writing;

  • A positive attitude and the ability to work well under pressure. We’re looking for “can do” people who are comfortable working in busy/high-pressure situations.



We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity of staff and leadership. We are tracking identity in our applications and our hiring processes to ensure we are holding ourselves accountable to our values. The identity question in the application form is completely optional and cannot be used to determine specific hiring decisions.

Related Jobs

Front-End Engineer - Threespot
Remote (USA) - Posted 6 days ago
Front-End Developer - GivingData
Remote (USA) - Posted 4 weeks ago
View more remote jobs
Be the first to see new Freelance Technologists - Software Engineers jobs

Save this search to get an email when new jobs match this search.

Create Email Alert