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Associate, Web Developer

Rainforest Alliance



The Associate, Web Developer takes part in the creation, maintenance, and continuous expansion of the Rainforest Alliance’s public-facing websites and other digital products. He/She will work alongside a digital team within communications at the intersection of user experience and function to produce positive digital experiences for Rainforest Alliance’s target audiences. In this role, design and computer programming skills will be utilized daily.


  • Responsible for both back-end and front-end development, including keeping WordPress themes and plugins up to date
  • Customize child themes in WordPress, creating custom post types, and configuring taxonomies, plugins and widgets that meet project requirements
  • Contribute to the workflow, production, and sprints with both in-house and external developers and designers using an Agile-like methodology
  • Use and advocate for UX/UI best practices when implementing high-quality, innovative and intuitive designs
  • Optimize for usability and browser/device compatibility
  • Collaborate on defining requirements, setting priorities, and coding new web features/patterns that stay within Rainforest Alliance’s visual brand guidelines and are accessible to a digital audience
  • Run and ideate upon user tests to inform design decisions
  • Optimize graphics for the web and social media
  • Continually learn techniques and best practices for emerging web design, user experience and content strategy trends
  • Run technical plugin updates and enhancements that keep websites secure
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or technical degree in web programming
  • 3-5 years of website creation and maintenance experience
  • WordPress experience required
  • Professional experience with current front-end web development languages, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP/MySQL
  • Experience with server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as LESS and SASS
  • Demonstrated experience in theme development, responsive web design, trouble-shooting cross-browser and -platform issues, and working with content management systems, including Drupal and WordPress
  • Experience with WordPress genesis themes and front-end frameworks such as Bootstrap, Foundation, and Flexbox
  • Strong understanding of PHP back-end development
  • Knowledge of using Gutenberg Block and creating custom blocks using ACF
  • Proficient understanding and experience of code versioning tools, such as Git, source control procedures, feature branching and moving code between different environments
  • Strong design skills with expertise in grid-based design, web typography, white space, balance, and color harmony
  • Experience with photo-editing software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch) and front-end design experience
  • Understanding of SEO principles
  • Experience with Moodle a plus
  • Experience working for a not-for-profit a plus
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Must be extremely organized and able to work on multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to work within a team structure and independently, be creative, take initiative and be very attentive to detail
  • Spanish, French, German or Japanese language a plus


Commensurate with experience


Only candidates authorized to work in the US will be considered.
The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.


District Of Columbia, New York, Vermont
Web Development
Environmental/Animal Welfare
Posted on:
February 5, 2020

How to Apply

Please apply online: https://my.hirehive.io/rainforest-alliance/jobs/54064/associate-web-developer