Software Engineer

Sunnyvale, CA

Position Description

We are Blue River, a team of innovators driven to radically change agriculture by creating intelligent machinery. We empower our customers – farmers - to implement more sustainable solutions: optimize chemical usage, reimagining routine processes, and improving farming yields year after year. We believe that focusing on the small stuff – pixel-by-pixel and plant-by-plant - leads to big gains. By partnering with John Deere, we are innovating computer vision, machine learning, robotics and product management to solve monumental challenges for our customers.

Our people are at the heart of what we do. Through cross-discipline collaboration, this mission-driven and daring team is eager to define the new frontier of agricultural robotics. We are always asking hard questions, rapidly iterating, and getting our boots in the field to figure it out. We won’t give up until we’ve made a tangible and positive impact on agriculture.

Position Summary:

This role is for the Data and Machine Learning Platform team at Blue River. This team performs the magic that accelerates ML and product development across all of Blue River. The Mesa team manages all data and cloud infrastructure for the current and future projects at Blue River.  People working on the team are the kind of folks that can be behind the scenes creating stable tools and interfaces, as well as right there next to our customers (the Blue River project/program teams) to help them with data, API, or cloud compute needs.

This position is for strong software engineers with 2-3 years of experience. We have a few sub-teams and will match folks particular skills and interests with the subteams. During the interview process you will meet folks from each of the sub-groups and learn about what focus areas they have.

Position Responsibility:

  • Build good software.
  • Listen to customers - which may be teammates, or from other teams, and create solutions to problems.
  • Bring ideas for how to support and expand the platform.
  • Work collaboratively to implement solutions - whether or not you came up with the design.

Required Experience:

  • Experience building technical software solutions. Python is our preferred programming language today.
  • Experience with database usage as well as schema design. We use both SQL and NoSQL data stores.
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure: storage, compute, networking, etc. We use AWS as our primary provider
  • Has shipped something!  And then has supported it for multiple iteration cycles.


  • Strong software developer.
  • Database schema development.
  • Strong with database querying.
  • API development experience.
  • Able to document things: design documentation, and user guides for finished products.
  • Communication with developers, product managers, and non-technical folks. Able to translate the abstract into technical solutions.

Blue River offers competitive compensation and benefits, including a great 401(K) match. We believe in a work life balance and offer Paid Time Off and Sick Leave as well as Paid Parental Leave and an adoption benefit. Subsidized lunches, flexible work hours, CalTrain passes (with mobile Wi-Fi!) and a collaborative and supportive environment also contribute to making Blue River a great place to work.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

We support each employee living a full life, enabling a thriving career and accomplishing a meaningful, challenging mission with incredible people.

We have designed our work environment to allow us each to do our work effectively, be our best selves, and be exposed to the unexpected connections and experiences that support creative innovation - all while leaving room for the other things you love.

We have been operating as “mostly remote” during the pandemic. As we transition back to the office, we are introducing our Workplace Flexibility Model. Most roles will be based out of our Sunnyvale office and balance in-office time with flexibility to support other needs you have in your life. This flexibility could be used to reduce the Bay Area commute burden by working from home a couple days a week, support parent or caregiver needs, or allow space for you to do the other things you love, whatever that might be! There are times when achieving great work is more productive when working where you work best. That’s the point of this model...flexibility for you. A few roles will be approved as fully remote. Those are determined by managers and approved by our senior team.

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