Build HackMerced

We’re looking for people like you!


HackMerced is looking for a wide range of skilled engineers, designers, leaders, and creatives. This year, we created not just leadership roles, but also constructive and career-focused jobs for those with a strict schedule or the ambition to learn new skills.
We also have an FAQ for you below the job listings!

Join the HackMerced Team!


Please review the roles below and follow the "Apply now" link to send us your application.

We are looking forward to hearing from you! It's going to be an amazing event!

NOTE: We may be accepting more than one applicant for some positions, such as Software Engineering.

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Graphic Designer
Design
Description
HackMerced's Graphic Designer will use their creative skills to make graphics for things such as HackMerced stickers, T-Shirts, and logos. Will also work with the marketing team.
What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivated
  • Excellent design skills
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Portfolio of past designs
  • Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, etc
  • UI/UX Designer
    Design
    Description
    HackMerced's UI/UX Designer will use their creative skills to make graphics and mock ups for an elegant website design.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivated
  • Excellent design skills
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Portfolio of past designs
  • Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketch, etc
  • Hardware Engineer
    Engineering
    Description
    The Hardware Engineer will be in charge of developing and implementing workshops for the hackathon. Handling the hardware lab during our main event. Being a mentor for those who would like to take on any form of hardware as their project. Last but not least work hands on with a multitude of hardware projects after the big event.
    What we look for:
  • Ability to teach/guide others
  • Excellent hardware skills
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience in Hardware
  • Experience in programming: C/C++, Java, Python, MIPS
  • Director of Logistics
    Events
    Leadership
    Description
    The logistics director will work with various departments within HackMerced to book venues, develop and run schedules, and order services and supplies.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivator
  • Excellent speaker, writer
  • Experienced with Excel/Google spreadsheets
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience in talking with OSL
  • Experience in event planning outside UC Merced
  • Co-Director of Logistics
    Events
    Leadership
    Description
    The logistics co-director will work along-side the logistics director to coordinate, plan and create events at UC Merced and the Merced community.
    What we look for:
  • Experience in throwing events at UC Merced
  • Self-guided and self-motivator
  • Excellent speaker, writer
  • Can envision themselves being a director for the following year
  • Experienced with Excel/Google spreadsheets
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience in talking with OSL
  • Experience in using room reservation software
  • Experience in event planning outside UC Merced
  • Product Manager, Full Stack
    Engineering
    Leadership
    Description
    The Product Manager, Front End is perfect for students interested in Product Management roles in the future, they will work with a team of front-end software engineers to create HackMerced's website, admission tools, and other projects to build out the service HackMerced provides to students. They will work primarily on HackMerced's main platform, dealing with their front-end React website. They will be handling project deadlines, project vision and goals.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivated
  • Proficiency in one of the following: HTML, CSS, Javascript
  • Experience in MVC ecosystems (React, Angular, Vue)
  • Experience with Pre-Processors
  • Experience with MongoDB
  • Willing to learn and work on a team
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Open source contributor
  • Experience as a manager
  • Director of Finance
    Finance
    Leadership
    Description
    The director of finance will help secure sponsorships, makes sure vendors get paid, and manage the cash flow and budget.
    What we look for:
  • Manages budget and controls expenses effectively.
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Experienced with Excel/Google spreadsheets
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Worked in a financial-related position before
  • Good social skills
  • Solid math background
  • Co-Director of Finance
    Finance
    Leadership
    Description
    Will work along-side the Director of Finance.
    What we look for:
  • Manages budget and controls expenses effectively.
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Can envision themselves being a director for the following year
  • Worked in a financial-related position before
  • Director of Marketing
    Marketing
    Leadership
    Description
    The Director of Marketing will be planning and coordinating marketing campaigns for HackMerced, that can include emails, social media posts, blogs, and video. They also work with the Student Event Manager to build and create non-primary Hackathon events.
    What we look for:
  • Experience in leading a team
  • Proficient and independent in drafting up e-mails
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Has a blog, medium, or publishes content online
  • Has done social media management in the past
  • Has written email campaigns
  • Co-Director of Marketing
    Marketing
    Leadership
    Description
    The Co-Director of Marketing will work alongside with the Director of Marketing.
    What we look for:
  • Experience in leading a team
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills
  • Preferably Junior Standing or below
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Can envision themselves being a director for the following year
  • Has a blog, medium, or publishes content online
  • Has done social media management in the past
  • Has written email campaigns
  • Digital Media Strategist
    Marketing
    Description
    HackMerced’s Digital Media Strategist works to produce easy to consume and informative writing in the form of blog posts to promote HackMerced online. The Digital Media Strategist will work with the Community Relations Director to produce a captivating marketing strategy works that relate to technology and HackMerced.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivated
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Blogger
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience with Wordpress blog platform
  • Knowledge in principles of SEO
  • Has writing portfolio with published articles, social media marketing presence
  • Email Content Strategist
    Marketing
    Description
    HackMerced’s Email Content Strategist works to produce emails for HackMerced that will inform students about HackMerced’s events and activities as well as works with the Digital Media Strategist to produce blog content.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivated
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience with MailChimp
  • Blogger
  • Social Media Specialist
    Marketing
    Description
    HackMerced’s Social Media Specialist works to manage the social media activity of HackMerced. They will work with the Marketing Director to make interesting and informative posts for HackMerced as well as communicate and interact with the HackMerced community online.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivated
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Team leadership
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience with TweetDeck
  • Experience with HootSuite
  • Experience with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Blogger
  • PR (Public Relations) Specialist
    Marketing
    Description
    HackMerced’s PR Specialist works with the Social Media Specialist and Director of Marketing to plan, create, and deploy efficient, entertaining, and informative marketing content to bring students to HackMerced.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivated
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Team leadership
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience with TweetDeck
  • Experience with Wordpress
  • Experience in MailChimp
  • Sociable
  • Marketing Manager
    Marketing
    Leadership
    Description
    The Marketing Manager will use their knowledge of human relations to help secure sponsorships with companies. They will be emailing sponsors, providing them requested information, and will be working with the Marketing Director.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivated
  • Excellent Writing and Communication skills
  • Responds to emails in a timely manner
  • Experienced in writing emails in a professional environment
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Interested in a Marketing Career
  • IT Support Specialist
    Engineering
    Description
    As the IT support specialist, you will be working during HackMerced events and activities to ensure HackMerced remains online. You will also be assisting fellow HackMerced workers set up safe and secure work environments and resolve internal technical issues.
    What we look for:
  • Dedication to securing an organization's infrastructure
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience at UC Merced IT
  • Experience in Linux systems
  • Experience with Enterprise Level software configuration
  • Volunteer Manager, Event
    Events
    Leadership
    Description
    As the Volunteer Manager you will have the responsibility of recruiting, managing and educating potential volunteers for HackMerced events.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivator
  • Excellent speaker, writer
  • Leadership skills
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office products such as Excel and Word
  • Student Event Manager
    Events
    Leadership
    Description
    The Student Event Manager will work to create, organize, and run non-Hackathon HackMerced events. They are self-guided with support from the director of HackMerced and from the logistics director to successfully hold events both during and outside the hackathon. They will work with our administration, Event Logistics, and Finance Teams to procure what they need to throw an event. These events range from workshops to tabling.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivator
  • Excellent speaker, writer
  • Leadership skills
  • Experience in running and planning events
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience in running event at UC Merced
  • Experience in working with OSL
  • Student Liason Manager
    Events
    Leadership
    Description
    The Student Liaison Manager works with students from other schools to establish the HackMerced brand at their respective campuses. They will recruit students at those campuses to advertise the event for sign-ups.
    What we look for:
  • Students with connections to other universities, including student, staff and faculty
  • Self-guided and self-motivated
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience in building and leading a team
  • Financial Analyst
    Finance
    Description
    Reporting analyst at HackMerced will predict trends in spending and growth. Build budgets for events as well as locate areas to cut costs and research new ways to efficiently spend money.
    What we look for:
  • Self-guided and self-motivator
  • Excellent speaker, writer
  • Leadership skills
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • Experience in budgeting Experience in working at a club at UCM as a Treasurer
  • Experience with Excel/Google Spreadsheets
  • Other
    Other
    Description
    Don't know which position to apply for but still want to contribute to Hack Merced? Apply to this 'other' position and we can work something out.
    What we look for:
  • None
  • Things that aren't required but will help your application:
  • None
  • FAQ

    Are these positions paid?

    No, we are solely a school organization that is run entirely by volunteers.

    Why should I contribute?

    If you have a strong desire to help the Merced community as well as gain experience working in a professional environment, we recommend working with us!

    Do I need to be a programmer?

    No, most of our roles are actually non-programming positions that are open to a wide skill-set of students, including Finance, Administration, Product Management, and Human Resources.

    Is it hard to get in?

    No, we are very accepting to all ranges of skill level and offer a variety of positions to accomodate all.

    Do I need to work a lot?

    We believe that as long as you have the desire and drive to make HackMerced amazing, you won't even notice how much you work! That being said, HackMerced is not usually a low-commitment position, and since we want to train you for real life employment we will try to engage you for at least 3-7 hours a week.

    Can I still participate in HackMerced if I work here?

    Yes, as long as you are not a Director.

    What happened to the students last year?

    In the last two years, we've worked with a small cohort of students that have excelled tremendously both in school and in real life. They have taken what they've learned in leading HackMerced to positions and offers at companies including: Google, Pandora, PayPal, Sony, Lockheed Martin, Goldman Sachs, Qualcomm, Esri, and much much more!