EveryBlock hiring a Python screen-scraping expert

Written by Adrian Holovaty on February 19, 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 19, 2008, at 3:21 a.m.:

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

Posted by Jonas on February 19, 2008, at 1:11 p.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 10:28 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 11:04 p.m.:

How about Beautiful Soup and a couple of programmer interns?

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