Data Visualization Associate

  • Planet
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Aug 18, 2020

Job Description

Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth.

About the Role:  

The Planet creative team is looking for a spatial thinker with a passion for remote sensing, maps and image processing to join our team. You will help the Marketing team tell stories with Planet’s constellations of medium- and high-resolution satellites—and create imagery from satellite data and prepare it for publication. For the first time in history, we have the ability to image the entire landmass of the Earth every day and we’re looking for someone who’s excited about leveraging this one-of-a-kind dataset in new and compelling ways.   

A significant part of the job is working to quickly provide compelling Planet imagery to journalists from all over the world that will enable their reporting. You’ll work closely with the Communications Lead and the rest of the Datavisualization team to share imagery with the press, think tanks and analysts as they try to meet tight deadlines. 

You’ll become adept at finding and telling stories that showcase novel applications of Planet’s unique products, and be able to combine our imagery with complementary datasets. Knowledge of Earth observation and remote sensing technologies will help you hit the ground running. And because we’re an “agile aerospace” company, you’ll need to be prepared to adjust priorities and be capable of juggling multiple deadlines at once. 

The position is based in the San Francisco office and will require the occasional on-call weekend or holiday shift.The news never stops! 

What You Bring:

  • Proficiency using software such as Adobe Photoshop, experience with color-correction a plus.
  • Knowledgeable in Geographic Information Systems and experience working with spatial data. 
  • Familiarity with basic cartographic and remote sensing principles a plus
  • Familiarity and interest in journalism & storytelling

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Graphic design
  • Scripting with Python and Javascript
  • GDAL
  • D3
  • 3D
  • Writing 

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Comprehensive Health Plan
  • Wellness program and onsite massages in specific offices
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Recognition Programs
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Learning and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Parental Leave
  • Offsites and Happy Hours
  • Volunteering Benefits

Some Press About Us: 

Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog

“Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”

Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News

“Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace” —Planet Blog

Why we care so much about Belonging. 

We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride. 

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