NHQ:ISD - QDL: Open Source Software Engineer for Field Papers Volunteer

NHQ:ISD - QDL: Open Source Software Engineer for Field Papers Volunteer

This position supports the National Headquarters (NHQ) International Services Development (ISD) team. This is a remote (volunteer-from-home opportunity). The International Services GIS/Data Team is searching for a software engineer to evaluate and chart a roadmap for Field Papers, an open source tool for quickly making purpose-built paper maps that can be annotated and then easily digitized. Field Papers plays a role in mapping accessibility for people who may have lower levels of digital literacy or when circumstances otherwise favor paper-based tools.

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Alexandria,Anne Arundel County,Arlington,Baltimore City,Baltimore County,Calvert County,Caroline County,Carroll County,Cecil County,Charles County,District of Columbia,Dorcester County,Fairfax County,Frederick County,Harford County,Howard County,Kent County DE,Kent County MD,Loudoun County,Montgomery County,New Castle County,Prince George's County,Prince William County,Queen Anne's County,Remote/Virtual Volunteer Opportunity,Somerset County,St. Mary's County,Sussex County,Talbot County,Wicomico County,Worcester County

Key Responsibilities

  • Become familiar with the Field Papers project - https://github.com/fieldpapers/fieldpapers
  • Design the next version of Field Papers taking into account lessons learned from past users - https://bit.ly/future-of-field-papers
  • Recommend modern software components and libraries to improve performance, security, and sustainability.
  • Assist in determining what should be done to update Field Papers given the current technology ecosystem 



  • Familiarity with modern web technologies
  • Familiarity with geographic applications and web maps
  • Understanding of software design concepts and processes


  • Helpful to have experience with OpenStreetMap (OSM)
  • Helpful to have experience with open source software projects


International Services provides standard orientation to the American Red Cross and the department.

Development Opportunities

  • Learn about and contribute to the use of open source software in humanitarian programs in a variety of contexts around the world
  • Improve tools for disaster preparedness and resilience
  • Opportunities to engage with open source software communities
  • Learn about the international Red Cross and Red Crescent network

Length of Appointment

4 month commitment; renewable (for next steps or other projects)

Time Commitment

5 + hours per week

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