Chid Gilovitz
Software Developer and Biologist

I'm a self taught software developer with over four years of commercial experience in web and mobile, following a 7 year career as a botanist and biologist in research, consultancy, and government. After gaining technical and leadership experience in the tech industry, I'm looking for opportunities to apply and expand those skills.
2016-11-01 - Ongoing
Lead Developer
SpringTech develops software applications for the mining industry.
  • Designed and built two Django applications from the ground up and brought them to market
  • Developed a progressive web application
  • Automated deployment process using Terraform
  • Assisted in developing business strategy for scaling
  • Managed a team of junior to mid developers
Udio Systems
2015-10-01 - Ongoing
Software Developer
Udio is an online management system for businesses that run classes, such as gyms, music schools, and yoga studios.
  • Web based software development in Django and Angular
  • Developed an iPad app for check in at Udio facilities using the camera as a QR code scanner
  • Rewrote customer facing app using React and Redux in ES6, built with webpack
Fleet Engineering
2014-08-01 - 2015-10-01
Spatial Software Developer
Fleet Engineering builds job dispatch and vehicle tracking software for the transport industry.
  • Spatial analysis and data visualisation software to enable transport companies to manage their fleets and jobs more effectively
  • Built custom data management system integrating with legacy database for consultancy client
Freelance Botanical Consultant
2011-07-01 - 2014-10-01
I worked on a casual or contract basis for 5 environmental consultancies in Perth, conducting fieldwork in remote areas throughout WA, plant identification, geospatial analysis, and report writing.
  • I designed and implemented a novel survey technique for rare flora species Stylidium scintillans which enabled our client to proceed with exploration more quickly while producing better conservation outcomes
  • Discovered a new species in the mint family in the Great Victoria Desert
  • Grew my GIS and spatial analysis skills by developing workflows in Python and QGIS
WA Department of Environment and Conservation - Species and Communities Branch
2010-10-01 - 2011-08-01
Technical Officer
I managed a database of rare plant species locations, provided data to stakeholders, and improved internal data management systems and processes.
  • Streamlined data provisioning, reducing wait times from 2 weeks to 2 days
WA Department of Environment and Conservation - Threatened Flora Seed Centre
2008-10-01 - 2010-10-01
Technical Officer
Managed a research project on seed germination in rare native plant species.
    Ecologia Environmental
    2007-12-01 - 2008-10-01
    Conducted flora surveys throughout WA, data entry and analysis, and report writing.
      Center for Phytophthora Science and Management, Murdoch University
      2006-08-01 - 2007-12-01
      Research Assistant
      Managed a research project studying the effects of plant immune hormones on resistance to Phytophthora dieback infection in native plants.
        Django Girls
        2013-01-01 - Ongoing
        Django Girls is a free coding workshop for women and girls, intended to support gender diversity in the tech industry. I've participated in two Django Girls events as a mentor.
          Shivas Tea House Inc.
          2014-03-01 - 2016-04-01
          Shiva's Tea House Inc is a non profit association that runs Shiva's Tea House, a theme camp at Blazing Swan, Western Australia's regional Burning Man festival. As well as managing the finances of the organisation, I ran the membership admin and our internal and external communications and marketing platforms.
            Murdoch University
            Conservation Biology, First Class - Honours
            2007-02-01 - 2007-12-01
            Murdoch University
            Environmental Science and Conservation Biology - BSc
            2002-02-01 - 2006-12-01
            Top Third Year Environmental Science Student
            Murdoch University
            Telstra Remote WA Prize
            I led a team in building a citizen science game called Botaniser as part of GovHack 2014, based on the idea of hunting for rare plant species.
            Front End Web Development
            • HTML
            • CSS
            • JavaScript
            • jQuery
            • Bootstrap
            • Angular 1
            • D3
            • Grunt
            • Gulp
            • Babel
            • ES6
            • webpack
            • React/Redux
            • PWA
            • Django
            • Django Rest Framework
            • Swift
            • Xcode
            • Alamofire
            • AWS
            • Terraform
            • Docker
            • Heroku, Digital Ocean
            • QGIS
            • ESRI products
            • PostGIS
            • Mapbox, Leaflet, Google Maps
            • PostgreSQL
            • MySQL
            • MongoDB
            Ecology and Biology
            • Ecological field surveys
            • Plant taxonomy
            • Microscopy
            • Tissue culture
            • Mycology
            • Raspberry Pi
            • Arduino
            • Electronics
            Botany and Plant Biology
            • Plants
            • Botany
            • Ecological fieldwork
              Rock climbing, hiking, and outdoor adventures