We have a small handful of web sites (mostly WordPress, but with one custom Node.js+Express app) that we’re looking to hire someone to provide ongoing maintenance for, including bug fixes, new features, dependency updates, etc.

This would be part time (ideally about 10 hours a week) and remote, working whatever hours you prefer. We’d like to start by dividing your time in half between WordPress and Node, but we may shift that balance as time goes on.

This is something we have an ongoing need for, so if you’re a freelancer, this is an easy way to add some stability to your schedule for potentially years.

About the sites you’d be working on

  • On the WordPress side, we version the themes and all essential plugins in Git, and deploy them via Git push to WP Engine’s servers. We have automated tests in place for a lot of the essential sales functionality, so that you can deploy to a staging environment, test it, then deploy to production once all the tests pass. Our sales site runs on WooCommerce, with a small handful of custom plugins to deal with weird stuff specific to our business.
  • Our Node app (the Scenery Gateway) is a glorified CRUD frontend for users to upload scenery for the flight simulator. We have a reasonable amount of documentation on the organization of this app and its integration tests—see the README for more info.

Qualifications

A qualified candidate will have:

  • Outstanding judgement and ability to self-direct. We won’t be looking over your shoulder constantly, so we’ll expect you to be able to prioritize issues, manage your time, and make responsible decisions on the future of these projects.
  • Experience working remotely.
  • Experience in both JavaScript and WordPress development. (You don’t need to have written Node.js or Angular.js specifically—experience with React, Ember, Knockout, Vue, <insert JS flavor of the week> are fine.)
  • Excellent written communication skills in English.
  • Long-term availability for roughly 10 hours a week.

What to expect from us

We won’t be doing any sort of grueling interviews for this position—we expect to hire based solely on seeing your past experience, plus maybe a Slack chat or two.

We do our best to cultivate long-term relationships with contractors—we want you to love working with us. With that in mind, we will:

  • Pay you competitively.
  • Pay you on time, every time.
  • Respect you as a professional.

How to apply

If this is sounds like a good fit for you, please shoot me an email with the following (my email is my first name at X-Plane.com):

  1. Some code samples/a GitHub link/your Stack Overflow account/etc.—anything that would demonstrate your knowledge of both WordPress & JavaScript stuff.
  2. One or more references we could contact about past freelancing work you’ve done (doesn’t have to be web related)—we’re basically looking to have a third party confirm that you have good judgement, good communication skills, etc.

Fair warning: I expect to get an absolute flood of emails here, so I won’t be able to respond to every one. I’m planning to make a hiring decision two weeks from today (on May 13th), so if you’re interested, please let me know ASAP. 🙂

About Tyler Young

Tyler is a software developer for X-Plane. Among other projects, he was in charge of the new X-Plane 11 user interface.

8 comments on “We’re Hiring a Part-Time Web Dev

  1. Hi

    I wanted to know on what basis you will do the payment. I mean whether you will pay on hour basis or on total bond basis or on some other.

    Please let me know as after this I can move for working for you.

    Wishes
    Anurag

    1. I am a student so I can do the work only at night(IST) or in some cases I may not be able to do the work on a particular day as I have to do study. Will you have any problem by my working time? I mean can you please extend the day limit i.e more than 1 week?

      Also one thing my parents wanted to know that how much will be the payment for the work and what will be the mode of payment?

    1. Because it’s a contracting position, rather than being an “employee,” we have no problem hiring people outside the US. We’ve worked with people in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, etc. without issue.

      (Of course, I’m not a lawyer/accountant/etc., so you may need to consult one about your specific situation.)

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