iNaturalist: Senior Product Manager

Headquarters: San Francisco, California


iNaturalist seeks an experienced and effective Senior Product Manager to join our team. This exciting role will report to the Head of Engineering and will work closely with the Leadership team, Engineering team and designer to lead the implementation of strategic iNaturalist product enhancements to help iNaturalist advance its mission. The ideal candidate has experience with managing and shipping software products, a deep understanding of customers and the iNaturalist community, experience working with engineers and designers on product teams, and great team leadership, communication, and facilitation skills.


  • Product Vision and Strategy: Flowing from organizational goals and strategic priorities, the Senior Product Manager will develop, communicate, collaborate, and iterate on clear product visions that align with organizational goals.
  • User Experience: Work closely with UX designers and the engagement team to identify pain points, manage feature prioritization, and ensure our products meet the needs of a diverse user base.
  • Advocate for our users: Become an expert at understanding iNaturalist’s community members, how they use our products, and what their needs are, then advocating for user needs across the team. Engage with users and stakeholders to gather feedback, validate product concepts, and iterate on product features, fostering a user-centric approach to product management. Use and understand our products, as well as similar products/competitors.
  • Data-driven Decision Making: Use agile methods to manage product backlogs, coordinate product iteration, and release planning, leveraging data and user feedback to drive continuous improvement.
  • Project Management: Collaborate with engineering, design, and engagement teams to manage product life cycles, develop realistic timelines, and deliver projects on schedule. Facilitate cross functional decision-making across multiple products including mobile apps, web, AI models, and internal dev tools.
Experience and Qualifications
  • Product Management: Demonstrated experience as a product lead, with the ability to define and execute product visions. Knowledge of the existing nature-tech space, or demonstrated ability to rapidly analyze and become domain experts in a market. 
  • Data-driven Decision Making: Experience using consumer analytics to inform product strategy and backing up hypotheses with data.
  • Prioritization Skills: Familiarity with applying prioritization and decision making frameworks to focus on the highest-impact projects. 
  • Project Management: Strong project management skills, with experience in agile methodologies and a track record of delivering projects on time and within scope.
  • Collaborative Spirit: Outstanding written and verbal communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively across departments and with diverse stakeholders on a fully remote team with different communication styles. Track record of working “in the weeds” alongside engineers and designers. 
  • Passion for Nature: A strong commitment to nature and technology, as well as an interest in science and conservation.

Why Join Us?
  • Impact: Play a pivotal role in a mission-driven organization dedicated to biodiversity conservation and community engagement.
  • Innovation: Leading a team of developers building cutting-edge technology that empowers millions of people to make a positive impact on nature.
  • Growth: Be part of a growing organization with opportunities for personal and professional development and career advancement.
If you are passionate about biodiversity, technology, and leading talented teams to achieve meaningful impact, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Why it’s Great to work at iNaturalist 
 A mission that matters. 
With species going extinct daily, the need to protect and document biodiversity has never been more essential. iNaturalist has become the go-to data source to measure biodiversity conservation and protection. 

A great team.

Smart, hard-working nature lovers make up our small team. We live in countries all over the world but come together each day to further our mission. For this position, to facilitate collaboration across time zones, we require that you be a resident of and eligible to work in the lower 48 states (i.e., not Alaska or Hawaii). 

Flexible work. 

We are a virtual team, and most of this position’s work can be performed from home or wherever you are comfortable. You’ll even get some funds to set up your office and a monthly stipend to defray some of the costs. Once a year we travel to an annual, nature-filled team retreat. 

Competitive pay.

The salary for this full-time position is $121,450 per year, non-negotiable. 

Great benefits.

We offer a pretty awesome benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, plus an employer-funded health reimbursement account and employee-funded flexible spending accounts. There is a 401k plan with a 5% match. This position is eligible for unlimited personal time off, and unlike some tech companies, we really mean it – everyone is expected to take a minimum of three weeks a year off. Eligible new parents get up to 12 weeks of paid leave and an additional 18 of unpaid. 

Application process
Instead of a cover letter, we will ask you to answer two questions that will be reviewed (by real people, not AI) and assessed separately from each other, your resume, and your name. The hiring team will review your answers and resume in a batch of answers and resumes from other candidates in randomized orders. Randomization and anonymization of each element in the initial review process minimizes bias.

Applied asks for your demographic information, but we never see it in association with you—only summarized in aggregate. We use it to assess the overall demographics of the candidate pool.
After initial review of applications on a rolling basis, advancing candidates will be asked to answer a few more questions within one week. 

Process Summary:
  • Application (July/Aug)
  • Written follow up (July/Aug)
  • First round interview (Aug)
  • Second round interview (Aug/Sept)
  • Offer (Sept)
  • Ideal start date: October 1

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