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Senior Backend Engineer (Remote Considered)



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Software Engineering
Bozeman, MT, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2023


As a pioneer in digital outdoor navigation with a suite of apps, onX was founded in Montana, which in turn has inspired our mission to awaken the adventurer inside everyone. With more than 300 employees located around the country working in largely remote / hybrid roles, we have created regional “Basecamps” to help remote employees find connection and inspiration with other onXers. We bring our outdoor passion to work every day, coupling it with industry-leading technology to craft dynamic outdoor experiences.

Through multiple years of growth, we haven’t lost our entrepreneurial ethos at onX. We offer a fast-paced, growing, tech-forward environment where ownership, accountability, and passion for winning as a team are essential. We value diversity and believe it leads to different perspectives and inspires both new adventures and new growth. As a team, we’re hungry to improve, value innovation, and believe great ideas come from any direction.


onX is seeking a talented Senior Backend Engineer to help us take our off-pavement mobile GPS experience to the next level. As an onX Backend Engineer, you will be an integral part of a cross-functional team working on new features and products. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a dynamic startup focused on making an impact on the business, working with new technologies, and solving hard problems. This position will report to a Manager of Software Development.


Our backend engineers primarily work in Go running in Kubernetes on Google Cloud Platform.

As an onX Senior Backend Engineer, your day to day responsibilities would look like:

(Essential Job Duties)

  • Build and maintain scalable services to support new features and products

  • Write unit and integration tests

  • Assist in the creation, deployment, and management of services in Kubernetes

  • Collaborate in architectural decisions involving our services

  • Design and Instrument systems to monitor key performance indicators

  • Mentor and share knowledge with engineers on your team

  • Embody onX’s values


onX has created a thriving distributed workforce community across several US locations. This position can only be performed from an onX corporate office, “Basecamp,” or “Talent Cluster.”

  • Corporate Offices: onX’s was founded in Montana with offices in Missoula and Bozeman. If you prefer to work in an office at least part of the time this is a great option.
  • Basecamps: onX’s Basecamps are established virtual workforce communities where a sizable number of distributed team members group for work, volunteering, socializing, and adventure.
    • Our current Basecamps are located within a 90-mile radius of the following: Austin, TX; Charlotte, NC; Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; and Seattle, WA.
  • Talent Clusters: onX’s Talent Cluster locations are smaller, emerging communities of distributed team members.
    • Our current Talent Clusters are located within a 60-mile radius of the following: Boise, ID; Charleston, SC; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Richmond, VA; Spokane, WA; and Vermont.


  • You have a B.S., M.S. or equivalent experience in computer science or a related field

  • You have six or more years of experience supporting production systems

  • You have a strong interest and experience with operating systems, networking and virtual machine technologies

  • You have experience building and debugging distributed, scalable architectures

  • You’re comfortable designing and building microservices that run in a cloud environment

  • You evaluate technologies and solutions based on merit, stability, performance and the ability to debug

  • You are well-versed in modern API design and development

  • You have a strong computer science foundation

  • You believe that your profession is a craft and you’re driven to improve every day

  • You are an advocate for the customer and their experience

  • You want to work with other happy, talented engineers

  • You write great code

  • You get stuff done

  • You take ownership

  • You’re fun to work with


Though not required, we would be thrilled to consider candidates with any of the following:

  • Familiarity with Kubernetes

  • Familiarity with Google Cloud Platform

  • Strong background in relational databases such as PostgreSQL

  • Experience with Google Bigtable

  • Experience with geospatial databases such as PostGIS

  • Familiar with Geospatial concepts such as quadtrees

  • Experience working with a distributed team


onX is committed to compensating all employees fairly and equitably for their contributions. For this position, applicants can expect to make between $145,000 to $165,000 upon hire. The pay range will vary based on experience, skills, certifications, and education among other factors as required in the job description. In addition, full-time onX employees are eligible for a grant of common share options with a vesting schedule and a potential annual bonus of 10% based on company performance.


  • Competitive salaries, annual bonuses, equity, and opportunities for growth
  • Comprehensive health benefits including a no-monthly-cost medical plan
  • Parental leave plan of 5 or 13 weeks fully paid
  • 401k matching at 100% for the first 3% you save and 50% from 3-5%
  • Company-wide outdoor adventures and amazing outdoor industry perks
  • Annual “Get Out, Get Active” funds to fuel your active lifestyle in and outside of the gym
  • Flexible time away package that includes PTO, STO, VTO, quiet weeks, and floating holidays


The following physical requirements represent those that are required to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sitting - [90%]
  • Standing - [0%]
  • Walking - [10%]
  • Bending - [Occasionally]
  • Kneeling - [Some]
  • Lifting - [Up to 25 pounds]
  • Reaching - [Regularly]
  • Telephone Use - [Yes]
  • Computer Use/Manual Dexterity - Yes
  • Travel - Depends on location; remote employees typically travel to Montana twice per year.


Our principles guide the decisions making of our company. They define the culture at onX, what we have learned through experience and are the code by which we operate. They are fundamental, enduring and actionable–a benchmark by which we measure the team behavior and performance.

We put the customer first.

We are passionate.

We win as a team.

We take ownership.

We work with urgency.

We are curious and seek the truth.

We innovate & take risks.

Position open until filled.

At onX, we believe that diversity makes us better. Bringing together a diverse set of backgrounds, ideas, and opinions helps us to achieve our mission to awaken the adventurer in everyone. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. onX is committed to equal opportunity not only in our hiring practices but also in our employment practices, including but not limited to development, compensation, and promotion. We strive to build an inclusive work community where everyone can be their authentic self, and together, we win as a team. Come join us!

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