Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Do you want to be a Database Reliability Engineer that builds and manages scaleable, self-healing, globally distributed systems? Our remote Database Reliability Engineers make sure users are always connected to great local businesses by keeping Yelp fast and available as we continue to scale. No matter how many times we get searched, scraped, scanned, spammed, pinged, paged, or queried, we gotta keep our cool — and keep the site and the apps running smoothly.
We work for both the Yelp end users and the Yelp developers, implementing key parts of the core architecture and supporting developers as they do the same. We get to take on interesting challenges that you can only find at the kind of scale that serves over 100 million users per month. Spinning up infrastructure should always be a git commit and a code review away: automation and self-service are at the core of what we do.
We’d love to have you apply, even if you don’t feel you meet every single requirement in this posting. At Yelp, we’re looking for great people, not just those who simply check off all the boxes.
This opportunity is fully remote and does not require you to be located in any particular area in Canada. We welcome applicants from throughout Canada.

Where You Come In:

  • Work closely with developers in supporting new features and services.
  • Analyze solutions and implement best practices for our database cluster and its components.
  • Help scale our databases in AWS-based infrastructure.
  • Work on observability of relevant database metrics and troubleshoot site issues using industry-leading tools like Splunk and prometheus.
  • Automate everything with Puppet, Git, Jenkins, and Terraform.
  • Develop custom tools when off-the-shelf solutions don’t work at our scale
  • Design new systems, tests, and procedures.
  • Participate in light on-call rotations — we have geographically distributed DRE teams for follow-the-sun support, which means no 2:00 AM pages!

What it Takes to Succeed:

  • Experience working with either large scale data warehouse technologies (like AWS Redshift or Snowflake) or with database technologies (like MySQL or PostgreSQL, or Cassandra).
  • Mastery of Linux 
  • Command of your favourite modern programming language
  • Knowledge of best practices related to security, performance, high availability and disaster recovery.
  • Strong scripting and automation skills.
  • Expertise in Configuration Management (i.e., Puppet/Ansible/Chef/etc.)
  • Experience with public cloud platforms and related tooling (i.e., Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, etc.)

  • Vaccination against COVID-19 is not required for this role. We nonetheless encourage all employees to get vaccinated. Employees who are not vaccinated may not visit Yelp’s offices or participate in any in-person work activities, and are not eligible to transfer or be promoted to a role that requires vaccination.


At Yelp, we believe that diversity is an expression of all the unique characteristics that make us human: race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, and education — and those are just a few. We recognize that diverse backgrounds and perspectives strengthen our teams and our product. The foundation of our diversity efforts are closely tied to our core values, which include “Playing Well With Others” and “Authenticity.”

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other protected status.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at or 415-969-8488.

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Database Reliability Engineer (Remote)