EveryBlock hiring a Python screen-scraping expert

Written by Adrian Holovaty on February 18, 2008

Attention Python screen-scraping experts! We're looking to hire another full-time developer at EveryBlock. Our site, which just launched a few weeks ago, compiles a wealth of granular geographic data and publishes it on a block-by-block basis. We offer a distinct Web page (plus an RSS feed and e-mail alerts) for every city block in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. We're expanding to more cities and more data sources. And we have a ton of fun features and projects up our sleeves.

This position involves contributions to all of our site's technology and data, with a concentration on screen-scraping public data from government Web sites. Some specifics we're looking for are:

  • Mastery of screen-scraping
  • Experience programming in Python
  • Experience with geographic data

Experience with Django is a nice-to-have.

For more on EveryBlock, check out our launch announcement and this recent interview.

This is an opportunity to work on an exciting and important project with a talented and experienced Web development team. We're currently only four people, so you'll have a lot of freedom and opportunities to make a difference.

This is a full-time, salaried position, on-location in our modest downtown Chicago office. We're a startup, funded by a grant, trying to make the world a better place. Please contact me if you're interested or have any questions. Tell me about the gnarliest site you've ever scraped.


Posted by Michal Migurski on February 18, 2008, at 9:21 p.m.:

Good luck, I'm curious who you'll find!

Posted by Jonas on February 19, 2008, at 7:11 a.m.:

Well, that pretty much describes me... what a bummer I'm halfway around the world in good ol' Europe. Best of luck with EveryBlock, it's a great idea.

Posted by Popcorn Mariachi on February 20, 2008, at 4:28 p.m.:

I'm with Jonas. This sounds like the perfect dream job, but I'm just too far away (Same country, at least)

Oh well.

Posted by Joshua Bloom on February 20, 2008, at 5:04 p.m.:

How about Beautiful Soup and a couple of programmer interns?

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