Flight Test Operator

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About Zipline
Do you want to change the world? Zipline uses drones to deliver critical and lifesaving medicine to thousands of hospitals serving millions of people in multiple countries. Our mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. Join Zipline and help us make this a reality for billions of people.
About You and The Role

As a Flight Test Operator, you will have the critical task of testing the systems we deploy to ensure that we can deliver medical products reliably every time. This includes preflighting and launching aircraft, preparing packages for delivery, performing tests on new hardware and software, and constantly working to improve the process. You'll also be expected to provide detailed technical feedback and ideas to the engineering team on how to make our system safer and smarter in consideration of production and commercial operations. Your work will directly improve the reliable availability of medical products and supplies for patients at the hospitals and health centers that Zipline serves across the world.

What You'll Do
  • Fly - Assembling, preflighting, launching, and recovering planes in order to test and optimize Zipline's operational systems and validate new engineering changes.
  • Maintain - Maintaining the fleet of aircraft and ground equipment.
  • Test - Running tests to validate system improvements, new technologies, and new processes.
  • Improve - Looking for opportunities to continuously improve our processes, our hardware and software, and make operations easier and more efficient for operations centers around the world.
  • Release - consider commercial operations as we release features and functions to the field.
  • Grow - Supporting Zipline's efforts to scale our operations to hundreds of distribution centers around the world.
What You'll Bring
  • You have a background in aviation or aerospace.
  • You have experience in a maintenance function, working hands on with complex electro-mechanical systems.
  • You enjoy work that gets you out from behind a desk, in the field, and working with our hardware and software in action.
  • You’re excited to work outdoors, at an open-air hangar in the rugged foothills of Northern California, and would be happy doing so for about 85% of the day.
  • You thrive in an autonomous environment where you identify what needs to happen and get it done with very little oversight.
  • You lead by example, and enjoy the satisfaction of collaborating with a dedicated team on a common goal.
  • You are oriented towards creative problem solving in an unpredictable and dynamic environment.
  • You enjoy optimizing and fine-tuning processes while running them daily.
  • You are meticulous and process-oriented by nature.
  • You are excited at the potential to travel domestically and internationally, anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months.
WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW  
 
Please note that you:
Must be willing to work some nights/weekends.
Must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident.
Must be able to work in the Yolo County, CA region on a daily basis.
 
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities.
 
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!
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Location

South San Francisco, CA 94080

What are Zipline Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We pretty regularly participate in and host school and community events for STEM and technology. Our teams in Rwanda participate in Umuganda (community volunteering) every month.
Partners with Nonprofits
We work with groups like Black Girls Code, Drone Legends, and Women & Drones to inspire young kids and get their wheels turning about robots from a young age.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We're a pretty quirky bunch, and it's not rare to find our team doing things like having a mechanical boat race on the bay, DJing at our holidays parties, & going to comedy events together.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Zipline has a compensation philosophy centered around both cash & equity.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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