Back-end PHP or Drupal Developer

Progressive, independent studio with great work environment seeks like-minded Back-end Developer with a love for great work! If you have experience in open source technology - Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP - the drive to build great websites, and want to grow your career - come and join us!

Sparks Interactive is part of the open source and Drupal communities in New Zealand with offices in Auckland and Wellington. Our staff designs, develops, and supports small to enterprise size websites across both the public and private sectors, and we are looking for a LAMP developer to join our team in Wellington - experience in Drupal is not mandatory but a definite plus. 

You'll be working with large scale site development and migrations, API and external app integrations. These will be primarily for our public sector clients in Wellington, including highly visible and heavily trafficked sites that provide important services for New Zealanders and international audiences. This will also cover Sparks’ contribution to and work with government design systems and Sparks’ Sector Drupal distribution (

You will be working on a mature, modern and progressive codebase with the opportunity for significant open source contribution, this is not your grandparents Drupal!

Building on the foundations of a mature codebase and long-standing well-managed open source project, our work is at the leading edge of CMS and Digital Experience Platform development. We are committed to progressive practices and there is considerable scope to "choose your own path" in terms of career development and direction. If you're interested in working across the stack we have a considerable appetite for javascript framework skills such as React.



Desired skills and experience

This job will suit candidates set for a career in open source technologies who are ready for a challenge. You'll work alongside senior staff in an established team environment with a high degree of autonomy and responsibility.

You will have coding experience in MySQL and PHP, as well as an understanding of the software development lifecycle through requirements, design, development and testing. Ideally you will be familiar with Symfony and Drupal 8/9 and have heard the words Composer, Drush, Git, Twig. Experience with supporting front-end for responsive websites, and/or decoupled builds using Gatsby and React would be the icing on the cake.

We do not keep our developers in the basement - the ability to work in a cross-disciplinary team and solid communication skills are important. We are committed to providing excellent customer service and outstanding project delivery - accurate and constructive communication skills are crucial. These include appropriate use of email, messaging, and managing meeting time to achieve positive outcomes, as well as thoroughness in discussing and documenting requirements, discussions and outcomes.


Benefits/pay and remote work options

Sparks are currently reviewing salary and remote work options to reflect current conditions and practices for 2022. While we have operated with remote/flexible workforce options since 2010, this opportunity is one where office hours are desirable for team collaboration. We are happy to discuss!

Employment type

full time

Job function

Back-end PHP or Drupal Developer

Role start date


How to apply

If this is you, email with links to sites you’ve worked on, and a CV for reference. It would be great to hear your thoughts about the role in a cover letter, and if you have any questions just ask! 

You'll need the relevant work permits and visas to work in New Zealand. 

Sparks celebrates diversity and believes that equal opportunity is an active choice that we are happy to make.