Saildrone – Data Librarian

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The Role

This role blends aspects of customer success, data management, and data operations. We are seeking a hands-on data librarian to curate and deliver data to our customers. We will rely on this individual to develop internal processes and procedures for the management and organization of data acquired by Saildrone’s fleet of autonomous vehicles. Strong candidates will have experience working across a variety of different data formats and types and will be self-directed in establishing best practices that Saildrone can leverage as the fleet continues to grow. Key responsibilities include:

  • Offboarding and archiving raw data from Saildrones and oceanographic sensors
  • Delivering data to customers and being able to answer questions, requests, and inquiries into available data products
  • Working with Operations, Business Development, and other internal teams to track customers’ evolving data needs across missions and domains
    • Writing and maintaining Data Management plans for customers
  • Working with software engineering and product teams to build out new data flows and technologies
    • Migrating data to new formats, testing, and quality assessment
  • Maintaining, organizing, and owning the internal Saildrone data archive of oceanographic, atmospheric, and drone telemetry data

Required Skills And Experience

  • Experience using Linux command line tools
  • Experience working with AWS cloud services
  • Highly detail orientated and organized
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be self-directed and operate in ambiguous situations

Desire Skills And Experience

  • Experience in customer success or related roles
  • Experience working with scientific data and/or sensor data
  • Familiarity with Python
  • Familiarity working with RESTful APIs
  • Familiarity working with data quality standards and frameworks

Location: This position is in Alameda, CA, potential remote. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered. Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film ‘The Matrix’.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
  • Active sailing classes: become a certified skipper on boats up to 35ft! (once COVID safety allows)
  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
  • Enhanced paternity / maternity programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan