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Planet Labs // commercial satellite network
United States, Remote    Posted: Monday, March 07, 2022
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Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to use space to help life on Earth. We design, build, & operate the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history, which together image the terrestrial surface of the Earth every day in high resolution. When analyzed with the tools of artificial intelligence, the data these satellites produce reveal mission-critical, actionable information about our planet, in areas like agriculture, deforestation monitoring, infrastructure assessment, biodiversity conservation, crisis response & international peace & security.  Customers & users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, & address our worlds toughest challenges.

About the Role:  

Planet is committed to operating as an ethical company in all dimensions of our operations, including those involving our employees, our business practices, & the products we make & sell. We believe doing so allows us to operate with integrity, build innovative technologies, attract loyal customers, partners, & suppliers, & achieve a positive global impact.

Accordingly, Planet works to continually develop a strong ethical culture & defined set of processes for robust ethical oversight. This includes engaging with Planet employees in discussions on ethics-related matters; maintaining mechanisms for anonymous reporting of ethical concerns by any employee; maintaining an Ethics Committee composed of Planeteers from across the organization who review cases independent of any financial considerations; holding regular oversight & policymaking discussions with the executive leadership team; & regularly reporting to the Board of Directors. 

To support these efforts, Planet is hiring an Ethics Associate. This position will support the operational & research needs of the Ethics Committee, help to track & research ethics cases & policy matters, write policy & decision-briefs, support employee engagement & communication on ethics matters, & help develop & manage key partnerships with human rights, technical, & academic colleagues.

Impact Youll Own:

  • Supporting every stage of ethical case review, from filing, research, adjudication, documentation & reporting, in a manner consistent with Planets privacy policies.
  • Conducting in-depth case research from start to finish, including developing an investigation plan, collecting & reviewing documents & other relevant evidence.
  • Delivering detailed written case, policy, & decision briefs on ethics cases & related matters, including strategies for the mitigation of ethical risks.
  • Identifying & tracking best practices & emerging policy concerns associated with ethical governance, both within the data, AI, remote sensing, & technology sectors, & beyond.
  • Supporting the development of a comprehensive employee engagement program around Planets ethical principles & processes.
  • Helping to maintain & expand a network of humanitarian, human rights, journalistic & other ethics-related partnerships which inform our work.
  • Fostering uses of Planets data, products, & services that are ethical & equitable by design. 

What You Bring:

  • 3-5 years experience & a Masters or equivalent degree in technology policy, applied ethics, philosophy, law or a related field.
  • A deep familiarity with, & continued interest in the trends, opportunities, new risks & ethical considerations around the use of remote-sensing, data & AI technologies.
  • Familiarity with the work & principles of UN & other international humanitarian & human rights organizations that set the standards for ethical assessment
  • Strong detail orientation & process management skills.
  • Strong written & oral communication & presentation skills.
  • An ability to work with colleagues across multiple disciplines & in geographically dispersed locations.
  • Strong alignment to Planets mission as a public benefit corporation & our related values, needs, & goals.

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Comprehensive Health Plan
  • Wellness program & onsite massages in specific offices
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Recognition Programs
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Learning & Tuition Reimbursement
  • Parental Leave
  • Offsites & Happy Hours
  • Volunteering Benefits

Some Press About Us: 

Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog

Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth

Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News

Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace Planet Blog

Why we care so much about Belonging. 

Were dedicated to helping the whole Planet, & to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices & on all of our teams. Thats why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity & inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but youre thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We dont just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill peoples careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope youre excited to come along for the ride. 

EEO statement:

Planet is committed to building a community where everyone belongs & we invite people from all backgrounds to apply. Planet is an equal opportunity employer, & committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth & breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, & local laws. 


Planet is an inclusive community & we know that everyone has their own needs. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation during the interview process, please call Planet's front office at 669-214-9404 or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential & we will be happy to assist you.

Privacy Policy: By clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this job posting, I acknowledge that I have read the Planet Data Privacy Notice for California Staff Members & Applicants, & hereby consent to the collection, processing, use, & storage of my personal information as described therein.

Compensation (only applicable for Colorado applicants):

The base pay range targeted for this position in Colorado is: $60,300 - $122,000. This role is eligible for equity.

The actual offer, including the compensation package, is determined based on multiple factors, including experience, location, & other business considerations.

Planet is registered as an employer in many, but not all, states. If you are not able to work from a state where Planet is registered, you will not be eligible for employment.

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