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Web QA Tester


Seattle, WA

Employer:  Geocaching HQ
Category:  Information Technology
QA - Quality Control
Job Type:  Full Time


About Geocaching HQ

We are the global headquarters for the game of geocaching. Our apps and Geocaching.com website allow a community of millions of people to join in a real-world treasure hunt.

Our mission (and yours should you choose to accept it) is to inspire and enable discovery, exploration and adventure. Basically, everyone’s job here is to enable millions of people to have fun outside. How cool is that?

Position Overview

As QA Tester at Geocaching, you ensure that quality assurance processes and best practices are in place, and are followed, with respect to all aspects of operations and projects. You will work with our awesome team of developers and designers to deliver high quality custom applications while developing new processes and tools to further automate testing and create a self-help QA environment. You must be self- motivated, and able to balance the need for quality delivery now while improving tools and processes for the future. The development team you will be working with is currently practicing Continuous Delivery, but is transitioning from a ‘QA silo’ mindset to a Quality First approach and will need guidance and reinforcement.

What You’ll Do

  • Work with team members to construct team QA processes that embody the Quality First approach
  • Perform manual and automated testing across a mix of roadmap features, maintenance tasks, and live-service deployments
  • Create test plans and processes when appropriate for our established web sites and services as well as in-development projects. Collaborate with team members to understand deliverables, requirements, and testing.
  • Coordinate cross-team testing efforts for features that span our products
  • Identify opportunities for improving our ability to identify bugs and optimizations early in the development process
  • Act as owner and point-of-contact on the development team’s QA processes, philosophy, and education

Qualifications + Required Skills

  • 3+ years experience in QA or comparable background
  • Strong testing and debugging skills
  • Experience crafting test plans and test cases
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working as an embedded QA resource on a Continuous Delivery team strongly preferred
  • Ability to set-up and run automated test suites strongly preferred
  • Experience testing at a live-service/SaaS operation strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with web debugging software preferred
  • Familiarity with task-tracking software preferred (we use Jira)
  • Experience testing modern Javascript-based web stacks preferred
  • Familiarity with geocaching is always a MAJOR plus!

Company competencies

  • Accountability: Actively seeing commitments through to completion; taking responsibility for actions, welcoming feedback, and effectively explaining decisions.
  • Adaptability: Demonstrating openness, flexibility, and agility in response to changing environments or circumstances.
  • Collaboration: Identifying appropriate contributors from across and within teams; working with them in a way that leads to effective results and positive relationships.
  • Problem Solving: Proactively recognizing challenges, analyzing potential responses, and taking initiative that leads to a thoughtful result.
  • Results-Oriented: Outcomes matter; taking responsibility for the timing and results of work and projects.
  • Self-Awareness: Continually improving upon personal strengths and areas for growth. Recognizing and managing our own emotions; recognizing and responding well to the emotions of others.


  • Leads by example and exemplifies our Company’s values in actions and behaviors
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, displaying strong interpersonal skills
  • Exhibits tact and proper judgment under pressure and in sensitive situations
  • Desire to learn and take on new concepts, systems, and technologies
  • Self-directs and is proactive in testing. Attempts to debug an issue before writing it up.
  • Displays strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Comfortably moves between formalized testing plans and ad-hoc testing
  • Uses independent judgment to plan, organize, and prioritize workload

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the only duties, responsibilities, and qualification for this job. Incumbents may be required to follow any additional related instructions, acquire related job skills, and perform other related work as required

Compensation and benefits

We carefully consider a wide range of factors, including your experience and internal equity, when determining individual pay. The range for this role is $76,400 - $116,130. This position is eligible for annual salary increases and bonus (dependent on company & individual performance).

In addition to a collaborative workforce and a variety of office perks, below are some of our current benefits:

  • Comprehensive benefits package: medical, dental, vision insurance. We cover the health insurance premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
  • Employer-paid premiums for Short and long-term disability, basic life and AD&D.
  • Options to enroll in Flexible Spending Account (health and dependent care) and additional voluntary life insurance.
  • 401k retirement plan: traditional and/or Roth, plus up to a 4% employer match with immediate vesting.
  • Healthy work/life balance: generous PTO (120 hour accrual for each of the first two years of full-time employment, with increased accruals after that) and 10 paid holidays + 2 bonus days, monthly company social events, unlimited access to our Employee Assistance Program, budget for team outings, and more.
  • Free Geocaching Premium Membership (plus one for a buddy!) to cache to your heart's content!
  • One month paid Sabbatical every 7 years.
  • Free unlimited ski/snowboard lift tickets or reimbursement up to $300/year towards outdoor activities.
  • On-site gear closet so you can enjoy the great outdoors.
  • Employer paid commute options with ORCA cards and on-site parking.
  • Professional development programs and budget tailored to your learning & growth -- not in the cookie-cutter "one size fits all" approach.
  • Employer charitable donation matching program, adoption benefits, and reimbursement for child/pet/elderly parent caretaker needs.
  • Catered in-office lunches Monday-Thursday
  • Two hours of paid geocaching per month.

Statement of inclusivity

Geocaching HQ works actively and intentionally to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company and worldwide community. We encourage everyone to apply and welcome applicants who are historically underrepresented in the technology and outdoor industries.

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