Applications Engineer

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Founded in 2019, Lightstar Renewables (Lightstar) is paving the way for a cleaner energy future. We’re on a mission to provide local solar for the land and the community. As a solar community developer, we use environmentally sound best practices, aiming to leave the soil and local ecology better than we found while investing in long-term partnerships with our landowners. Lightstar is committed to being stewards of the land – leveraging the clean energy transition for preservation and conservation of resources is at the heart of what we do.

Lightstar Renewables (LSR) has an immediate opening for an Applications Engineer to support the development of its in-house data management tool. The tools framework is PHP-based Yii. You will be supporting the CTO. The tool’s focus will be the management and reporting of solar site-specific data. Data will include locations, accounts, land/grid/permitting characteristics, purchase orders, and milestones.

The role is remote but will require in-person meetings from time to time. As LSR continues to grow, opportunities to develop unique skills will be available, as well as opportunities for advancement.

  • Support the development of an enterprise-level web-based application
  • Develop in PHP, JavaScript, MySQL and HTML
  • Collaborate with team members as well as operate individually to develop a complex web-based application
  • Maintain existing codebases, including troubleshooting bugs and adding new features
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of our customer’s business goals and related system interactions
  • Work closely with others to define and clarify project plans, deliverables, expectations, scheduling, and applications’ functionality
  • Collaborate/coordinate with other teams at LSR
  • Prepare internal and external documents and presentations
  • Support management of 3rd party IT provider
  • Unrestricted authorization to work in the U.S.
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
  • 1-2+ years working experience with PHP
  • PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, HTML, LAMP development/coding, MVC Framework (Yii), version control system (GIT)
  • MySQL knowledge (write and optimize queries)
  • Object-Oriented PHP
  • Possess robust database architecture and implementation skills with experience in efficient MySQL usage
  • Programming logic, good code-writing style, and commenting is a must
  • Comprehensive understanding of HTML
  • Dependable and professional
  • Self-motivated, quick learner
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Ability to work independently, but also must work well with others
  • Ability to recognize tasks that need to be completed and willing to take responsibility for them
Compensation and benefits:

Not only will you get to work with a group of innovative, dedicated, and motivated peers, Lightstar is proud to offer our competitive compensation and benefits package:

  • PTO – 20 days annually (+1 day/ anniversary year, Maximum 25)
  • Unlimited sick time
  • 2022 Holidays – 15 days
  • Benefits – 100% employer-paid premiums for Health, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D Insurance
  • 401k – 3.5% employer match
  • Staff equity share plan
We’re Committed to Diversity:  

Lightstar is committed to creating a welcoming environment that continually celebrates the diverse community different individuals cultivate at our company. As a proud equal opportunity employer, we pledge that all are welcome at Lightstar. Lightstar does not discriminate against current or potential employees based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, medical history, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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