Current Positions

Development Director– The Long Now Offices

The Development Director contributes to the growth of The Long Now Foundation by identifying, pursuing, and cultivating fundraising and development opportunities that support the foundation’s programs and mission.

In coordination with other directors and staff, the Development Director establishes annual and long-term fundraising goals to support The Long Now Foundation’s programs, and leads the planning and execution of outreach activities that will meet those goals.

An important component of this position is building and fostering relationships with the people, communities, organizations, and corporations that sustain and support Long Now projects.

The specific responsibilities of the Development Director are outlined below.

External Communication and Outreach

Development and Fundraising

Accountability and Reporting


To Apply

Send an email to jobs@longnow.org including:

Event Tech Assistant– The Long Now Offices

The Long Now Foundation is looking for an Event Tech Assistant to help with our two lecture series. This position will help with both our monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking series (which typically takes place at the 700-seat SFJAZZ Center) and our Tuesday night "Conversations at The Interval" series at our headquarters at Fort Mason Center.

This position will assist the Lead Event Tech with day-of-event setup of the Audio / Visual aspects of each talk including video, slide presentations, soundboard, microphones, audio and video recordings, and online streaming, as well as general setup and breakdown.

Required skills:

Highly desired:

Long Now has produced events in San Francisco for well over a decade. Our speakers include well-known authors, artists, scientists, technologists, leading academics, and business leaders. Hundreds attend our events live in San Francisco each month, and many thousands more listen to or watch our lectures via podcast or online video around the world.

This is a part-time position. Hours will vary, but it will typically be 14-20 hours per month, comprising (2-3 events). There will be some flexibility in scheduling (you will not be needed for every event). Most of our events happen on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Hourly compensation will be set based on your background and experience.

We pride ourselves in having very high production standards, honed over many years. We are highly selective in hiring for these positions, but this is an entry level position which is open to individuals at a variety of experience levels. We are looking for someone with skills but who is also flexible, ready-to-learn, conducts themselves professionally, and is excited about our programs.

In working on our two series, this role will both interact with a large venue's professional technicians and intermingle with the audience at the much more intimate Interval space. We need someone who is comfortable interacting with the public and will conducts themselves professionally in all situations.

We are a small team who are dedicated to serving our audience, helping our speakers deliver their message, and producing media that captures the occasion perfectly. We have a lot of fun in the process and the perks include shift meals, shift drinks from The Interval's amazing cocktail menu, and a behind-the-scenes view of our unique programming. Our talks are all focused on long-term thinking, so you'll hear about deep history, new technology, amazing futures and exciting discoveries. Our events almost always sell out, so you'll also have one of the best seats in the house for some of San Francisco's most popular lectures.

To Apply

Send an email to jobs@longnow.org including:

Panlex Intern – Panlex Offices

Intern with PanLex in Berkeley!

PanLex is making translations among all words in all human languages—and dialects—publicly available. Do a Google search for kvg ituake and you’ll see one slice of PanLex. It was designed at the University of Washington and is now, together with The Rosetta Project, based at The Long Now Foundation. We work at offices in Berkeley, California, a block from the UC campus.

We need help in pursuing our mission. Over a billion translated word pairs (30 billion if you count translations through another language) can now be retrieved from PanLex, but that’s only a start. We invite you to volunteer in this effort.

As a PanLex 02016 summer intern, you can contribute to our work. You will be supporting research on language and meaning, while helping equip thousands of languages for machine translation, information retrieval, and global communication.

What’s in it for you? Rare experience doing panlingual (more than merely multilingual) documentation and engineering. Training pertinent to language, software, internationalization, and documentation careers, both academic and industrial. Skills and tools shared by our team of experts. With their guidance, you’ll learn how to enrich a gargantuan open-source database of lexical translations. Your name will be on the data that you add. And, while you’re with us, The Long Now Foundation will invite you to attend its San Francisco Seminars. PanLex intern alumni have gone on to careers at Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Evernote, Trulia, Base CRM, Market News International, Park IP Translations, Quorate Technology, Smart Information Flow Technologies, Stanford University, and other organizations. We are not offering stipends, salaries, or financial support for travel or housing, but will cooperate if you seek financial aid or academic credit for this internship.

Apply now for a PanLex internship

Barista – The Interval at Long Now

The Interval at Long Now is adding another barista to the team!

We are designing a new coffee program that will explore contemporary coffee and tea culture. This requires someone with a love for making quality beverages, an enthusiasm for communicating with customers, and a willingness to continue experimenting and learning.

The Interval is the bar, cafe and museum home of The Long Now Foundation. You'll serve customers in a room full of books and elaborate machines, where we also host talks on a wide variety of topics. Customers are inquisitive and will require extra attention due to the uncommon nature of the space. We want someone who is excited about that!

Baristas applying must be knowledgable about current Specialty Coffee standards and maintaining coffee quality, and must be comfortable with tasting for quality control and making adjustments accordingly. The Interval is also a bar, as such applicants must be comfortable handling and serving a limited selection alcohol including cocktails on draft, wine and beer.

To Apply: Send an email to jobs@longnow.org including: