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Junior Developer

Atlas Obscura is looking for a full-time, junior developer to join our small team in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. You'll help conceptualize and code new features while ensuring the application stays sharp and snappy, and you'll help improve a product that millions of people already use to discover the most amazing places in the world.

Required
  • At least 1 year of experience in web development, and at least 2-3 years total work experience.
  • Experience crafting front-end applications with a JS framework (React, Ember, Angular, etc).
  • Experience with at least one MVC app framework (e.g. Rails, Express, Django, etc).
  • Experience with Bootstrap, Foundation, or any other CSS framework/toolkit.
  • Experience with git/GitHub and other standard tools of the trade.
  • Familiarity with REST, MVC, JSON, and digging deep into 3rd-party APIs.
  • Curiosity! We use the best tools for the job, even if that means learning something new.
  • A desire to understand the product and users, not just the code.
  • A passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission of discovery and wonder.
  • A sense of humor. Please.
Bonus
  • Experience with AWS, Heroku, and/or basic dev-ops.
  • Experience working on native mobile applications.
  • Experience working in an Agile environment.

Please send your resume and a brief cover letter detailing your interest to [email protected].

Head of Video

Do you love history, travel, culture, science, maps? Want to help build and grow the team and voice of video for Atlas Obscura’s growing online brand? Do you have experience overseeing a video team, acting as a producer, director, editor, creating web video content on fast and affordable budget? Do you want to spend your days working at a digital media company devoted to discovery and exploration? We are at the beginning stages of establishing AO Video, and are looking to hire a head of video to shape and grow our moving picture offering across platforms.

Some key attributes will be valued
  • Past work as a producer. Experience assembling and running video teams
  • Comfort working as a one person operation from shooting, to editing, to distribution
  • Ability to produce and distribute work on quick turn around cycles, so as to respond to news events
  • Experience creating and growing web series from scratch
  • Intimate knowledge of online video platforms. Youtube and Facebook most importantly but experience with growing content on Snapchat and other platforms a huge plus
  • Familiarity with video editing software a requirement
  • Experience with shooting video, lighting, sound recording, or animation a big plus
  • Curiosity, patience and a sense of humor

Competitive salary, startup equity, benefits. NYC-based job.

Please send resume and brief note about previous jobs and current passions to [email protected] and [email protected].

Places Editor

Atlas Obscura is an online media company with a mission to discover and share the world's most remarkable places. This mission is manifest in The Atlas, an online collection of 9,000+ extraordinary places, ranging from fascinating sea spires to motels brimming with clowns. Our enthusiastic community of site users submit additional places every day—the Places Editor will work with that community and a small, internal team to select, edit, publish, and promote the best submissions.

Duties
  • Edit and publish extraordinary new places to The Atlas.
  • Work with our Audience Development team to promote places across social channels.
  • Manage, encourage, and grow the The Atlas user community.
  • Meet publishing and growth goals.
Requirements
  • 2-3 years experience as an editor with a demonstrated ability to manage a team and produce well-written, error-free copy.
  • Experience sharing and promoting online content.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • An eye for the world’s hidden wonders and the ability to succinctly capture what makes them remarkable.
Bonus
  • Experience writing and/or editing travel guidebooks.
  • Experience managing an online community.
  • Experience working with a web development team to build better user experiences, tools, and workflows.

Please send your resume and a cover letter to [email protected]. In your cover letter please include a short description of an extraordinary place you feel is missing from The Atlas.

Obscura Society Chapter Head - Boston

Calling all Enthusiastic Adventure Nerds - Atlas Obscura is hiring a Chapter Head to lead the Boston Obscura Society! This job is a part-time, per-event paid position.

Obscura Society Chapters are the real-world outposts of Atlas Obscura, in which we run a regular program of local events and excursions designed to reveal the hidden gems of the region and get enthusiastic locals and our readers off the computer and out exploring. We currently have chapters in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, and are thrilled to be launching new chapters in Boston and Seattle!

Responsibilities
  • Develop and execute a calendar of events designed to spark our attendees' curiosity and sense of wonder
  • Lead a diverse team of field agents and volunteers
  • Expand our real-world and digital audience
  • Forge lasting partnerships and collaborations with institutions, organizations, and individuals
  • Collaborate with other departments including Editorial, Audience Development and Product
  • Manage and present budgets, accounts, and financial statements
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
  • Highly motivated self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Experience organizing and running both large and small scale events
  • Excellent writing, editing (photo/text), presentation, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated track record of successful community building
  • Comfortable working remotely
  • Experience managing a professional brand on social media
  • A passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission and a deep curiosity about the world around them
  • Contagious enthusiasm

A love and knowledge of Boston is required, as is a desire to seek out the unusual, the hidden and the wondrous in your area and to share your discoveries with others!

Bonus
  • Travelers preferred! While we firmly believe that there is something wondrous no matter where you are, we also love people who have experienced the world.
  • Museum/academic/historical society experience always a plus!

Click here to apply

Obscura Society Chapter Head - Seattle

Calling all Enthusiastic Adventure Nerds - Atlas Obscura is hiring a Chapter Head to lead the Seattle Obscura Society! This job is a part-time, per-event paid position.

Obscura Society Chapters are the real-world outposts of Atlas Obscura, in which we run a regular program of local events and excursions designed to reveal the hidden gems of the region and get enthusiastic locals and our readers off the computer and out exploring. We currently have chapters in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, and are thrilled to be launching new chapters in Boston and Seattle!

Responsibilities
  • Develop and execute a calendar of events designed to spark our attendees' curiosity and sense of wonder
  • Lead a diverse team of field agents and volunteers
  • Expand our real-world and digital audience
  • Forge lasting partnerships and collaborations with institutions, organizations, and individuals
  • Collaborate with other departments including Editorial, Audience Development and Product
  • Manage and present budgets, accounts, and financial statements
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
  • Highly motivated self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Experience organizing and running both large and small scale events
  • Excellent writing, editing (photo/text), presentation, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated track record of successful community building
  • Comfortable working remotely
  • Experience managing a professional brand on social media
  • A passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission and a deep curiosity about the world around them
  • Contagious enthusiasm

A love and knowledge of Seattle is required, as is a desire to seek out the unusual, the hidden and the wondrous in your area and to share your discoveries with others!

Bonus
  • Travelers preferred! While we firmly believe that there is something wondrous no matter where you are, we also love people who have experienced the world.
  • Museum/academic/historical society experience always a plus!

Click here to apply

Freelance Writers and Photographers

We're always looking for submissions from freelance writers and photographers. Check out our pitch guidelines and get in touch with our editors via this form.

Atlas Obscura Fellows

Do you love history, culture, science, maps? Do you want to spend your days working at a digital media company devoted to exploring the world's hidden wonders? Do you want hands-on experience with a small team? Come be a fellow at Atlas Obscura!

Work duties will be varied, as this is a start-up, and everyone pitches in. You would get experience writing and producing web stories, working on multimedia projects, and learning about social media strategy.

Some key attributes
  • Demonstrated writing ability
  • Curiosity
  • Sense of humor
  • Passion for AO’s mission of finding and reporting on the coolest things on the planet

Salary. NYC-based job. Both 3-and-6 month stints available, with a preference for those who can stay for six. This is a 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. gig, so no current students with class commitments will be considered.

Please apply with a resume and brief note about previous jobs and current passions via this application.

Atlas Obscura Video Fellows

Do you love history, culture, science, maps? Do you have experience with video, and familiarity with Youtube and other video platforms? Do you want to spend your days working at a digital media company devoted to discovery and exploration of the fantastic as well as the workaday? Come be a fellow at Atlas Obscura! We are hoping to hire one video fellow for the summer, with the potential for a longer-term commitment.

Work duties will be varied, as this is a start-up and everyone pitches in. You would get experience writing and producing web video, as well as learning about shooting video, video workflows, social media, and the occasional coffee run.

Some key attributes will be valued
  • Familiarity with video editing software a requirement. FCP preferred.
  • Experience with shooting video, lighting, sound recording, or animation a big plus.
  • Curiosity and a self motivation.
  • Passion for AO’s mission of finding and reporting on the coolest things on the planet.

Salary. NYC-based job. Both 3-and-6 month stints available, with a preference for those who can stay for six.

Please send resume and brief note about previous jobs and current passions to [email protected].

The Illinois Obscura Society is Looking for Field Agents!

Enthusiastic Adventure Nerds Wanted: Atlas Obscura is hiring in Illinois!

We are looking for adventure planners for the Illinois Obscura Society chapter to help us develop new programming and create plans for bigger, better explorations into the hidden and strange places all around us.

We’ll be hiring for part-time, per-event paid positions.

Description of Position Responsibilities

Society Chapters are the official real-world outposts of Atlas Obscura, in which we run a regular program of local explorations designed to reveal the hidden gems of the state and get enthusiastic locals and our readers off the computer and out exploring.

Field Agents will be responsible for seeking out and hosting local exploration opportunities monthly such as tours, talks and expeditions or charters further afield.

Specific Responsibilities & Expectations
  • Create interesting tours and event ideas
  • Organize and lead tours
  • Write field reports
  • Manage ticket inventory
Skills & Experience Required

We are seeking an enthusiastic adventure nerd who understands and loves what Atlas Obscura is about and would like to help bring it to life in Illinois. Field Agents must be able to work independently and be creative.

  • A love and knowledge of Illinois, its hidden wonders and strange histories, a desire to find out more and share it with others.
  • Computer and Internet access adequate for working remotely.
  • Must be able to get around your local environment in a timely matter to attend meetings and events.
Bonus
  • Travelers preferred - although it is not a requirement, we are travelers ourselves and we are excited to add more world-minded individuals to our numbers
  • Museum or tour group experience
  • Enthusiasm or academic experience in history
  • PR, marketing or social media professional experience

Click here to apply