In a world increasingly impacted by climate change, pollution, and population growth, conventional production of fresh/fruiting vegetables is unsustainable. Compared to field production, greenhouse hydroponic methods use 90% less water, increase yields, reduce food waste, use fewer pesticides, eliminate fertilizer runoff, and allow crops to be grown locally. However, greenhouse producers make up only a small part of today’s market due to high capital/labor costs and operational complexity. To close this gap, Hippo Harvest uses new methods of hydroponics, robotics, and machine intelligence to re-imagine greenhouses and build the sustainable, economical, and scalable production systems of the future.

As a Infrastructure and Dev Ops Engineer, you’ll design and improve the on-premise and cloud infrastructure necessary to keep our robots and ML models operating at peak performance, and help us establish best practice in terms of testing and CI/CD in the complex and dynamic operational domain of robotics and machine learning.

You Will

  • Administer and expand our on-premise compute and database infrastructure for maximum availability and robustness; our farm needs to remain fully functional even if we experience week-long internet outages, which are common in our rural environment
  • Design, implement, and administer our cloud strategy for compute and database replication, enabling ML model training and analytics at scale
  • Assist in troubleshooting network and Linux system infrastructure, and help design for scaling mobile robotics systems to large areas as we expand our greenhouse footprints.
  • Bring best-practice to our CI/CD and testing approaches

You Have

  • A documented history of problem solving and flexibility across infrastructure and dev ops
  • A strong growth trajectory and desire to expand your skill set as Hippo’s needs evolve
  • Experience with:
    Kubernetes or other cluster administration systems
    Bring up and administration of CI/CD systems
    Some familiarity with several of:
    Hybrid on-premise and cloud systems
    Git- and docker-based CI/CD on platforms such as GitHub or GitLab
    Linux systems
    Network design and debugging
    Database administration
    Cloud-based ML training

We Offer

  • An exciting and fun work environment where your contributions will make a true difference
  • A hybrid environment with 1-2 on-farm days (in Pescadero, CA) and 3-4 remote days a week
  • Competitive salary from $160,000 – $210,000 based on level
  • Full benefits package including six weeks of paid vacation, medical/dental/vision/life insurance, twelve weeks of paid parental leave, 401k, company stock options