Wikimedia Foundation is hiring an

Operations Engineer (Network)

San Francisco, United States


We are looking for an experienced Network Operations Engineer to join our Technical Operations team. Would you like to join the small, dynamic team that is responsible for the reliability and performance of a global top-10 website, Wikipedia? The Wikimedia Operations team has a very broad range of responsibilities, and could really use someone to expand its networking expertise.

We are looking for people with a drive to explore, experiment, and learn new technologies. Do you enjoy eliminating boring things from your daily workflow by automating them? Are you comfortable working in a highly collaborative, consensus-oriented, open environment and as part of a globally-distributed team? Then you might be just the person we need.

We’d like you to do these things:

  • Design, install and administer the global networking infrastructure, including edge, backbone & core network routing, data center access layer switching topologies and network security
  • Design and implement routing policies, VLAN topologies, and IP addressing plans
  • Investigate and troubleshoot unexpected network and/or systems issues, including routine traffic engineering and DoS mitigation issues
  • Manage and implement peering relationships
  • Assist in the design and integration of virtual networks for containers and virtualization

Experience we’d like you to bring to the table:

  • Solid understanding of standard routing protocols and technologies: (e.g.: BGP, OSPF/ISIS, VRRP, PIM)
  • Experience designing and configuring data center access layer topologies
  • Hands-on experience configuring routers and switches

And it would be even more awesome if you have any experience with any of these:

  • Complex routing topologies spanning around-the-globe networks
  • Open Source configuration management and orchestration tools
  • Script and/or programming language skills
  • Juniper devices

About our Network

Our fully redundant network spans the continental United States and Europe, and will soon be expanding into Asia as well.  Our AS 14907 and AS 43821 are currently located at 7 sites: 2 core data centers, 2 edge data centers, and 3 network PoPs, all connected to major local traffic hubs where possible.  We have an open peering policy and currently peer with ~235 other ASNs (public and private peers combined).


About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and hosts Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge sites. Wikipedia consists of nearly 40 million articles across hundreds of languages. Every month, more than 80,000 volunteer editors contribute to Wikipedia. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) non-profit that is funded primarily through donations and grants. It currently employs over 240 staff members.

At the Foundation, we build technology to help people everywhere access Wikipedia, across devices and in nearly 300 languages. We engineer privacy for our readers and editors so they can safely and securely explore Wikipedia. We create programs and initiatives to make Wikipedia freely available to more people in more parts of the world. We build new tools for the community of editors so they can continue to improve and grow Wikipedia. Roughly a quarter of our budget goes to supporting the community that make the site possible, including through grantmaking programs that enable volunteers and enrich the information on the sites.

Benefits & Perks *

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!)
  • The Wellness Program provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, massages, cooking classes and much more
  • The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary
  • Flexible and generous time off - vacation, sick and volunteer days
  • Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
  • For those emergency moments - long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program
  • Telecommuting and flexible work schedules available
  • Appropriate fuel for thinking and coding (aka, a pantry full of treats) and monthly massages to help staff relax
  • Great colleagues - diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people

* for benefits eligible staff, benefits may vary by location

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