Volunteer to help Zelda Universe
  1. Requirement and expectations
  2. Design positions
  3. Development positions
  4. Guides positions
  5. How to apply

 

Zelda Universe relies on a team of talented and passionate Zelda fans to keep our website up-to-date and online. These wonderful people volunteer their time and share their skills to serve the wider Zelda community. This hard work and dedication has taken Zelda Universe from being simply another Zelda fan site to being recognized as a professional media outlet and reliable source of all things Zelda.

We’re always looking for more people who want to help keep Zelda Universe the best and most informative Zelda site there is. If you’re interested in combining your love of the Zelda series with some of your skills – whether they be writing, art or programming – we would love you to consider joining our team.

The below list details the specific positions we need to fill at this time, but don’t think you’re stuck to one of them! We’re always happy to consider applications for new team members with a passion for The Legend of Zelda. Just send us a message and tell us how you would like to help. I promise, we don’t bite!

Details on how to apply at the bottom of the page.

Requirements and expectations

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Although Zelda Universe is (literally) all about fun and games, we carefully select new members to join our team. Before you consider applying for a position at Zelda Universe, please be aware of the following:

Zelda Universe is run entirely by volunteers. That means we don’t pay our staff. Our resources are limited, but we do provide perks to dedicated team members when we are able. You may have opportunities to represent Zelda Universe at gaming events and conventions, develop a portfolio that will help you in the future (we’re also happy to provide references), and we may occasionally send you something to say thank you for your hard work. We also promise that you’ll have fun with a great team of like-minded people and an incredibly rewarding experience making other Zelda fans happy!

We only look at serious applicants. Please carefully review the expectations for each position before applying. We’re looking for team members who are dedicated and want to help Zelda Universe grow. Even though these are voluntary positions, you will be expected to dedicate a portion of your time on a regular basis. There’s no minimum or maximum; it’s entirely up to you, but we do ask that you are honest about the time you can give and think hard before applying about whether or not this is something you can do on an ongoing basis. If you only want to help for a month or two, or only want to work on one page, please do not submit an application.

We may not always respond to your application. All the team members reviewing the applications are volunteers too! We often receive many applications for a single position, and the team leaders may need to discuss the applications before making a decision. We also like to hold on to promising applications in case a position becomes available in the future, so we may not respond at the time.

Zelda Universe is managed by a team of adults. Most of the Zelda Universe staff are over the age of 18, but we do consider applications from mature teenagers for some positions.

You’ll need to work in a team with a professional attitude. We have a lot of fun, but we expect each team member to be courteous, willing to accept criticism, and willing to work together with other team members.

You’ll need to communicate using our web apps. We use popular web-based apps to communicate and collaborate as a team. All team members are expected to use them regularly for communication. These web apps are free to use and available on a range of devices.

Design positions

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The design team creates graphics for all of the content at Zelda Universe. Ongoing team projects include creating YouTube video thumbnails, creating custom graphics for news posts and features, and preparing screenshots and artwork for guides. Members of the design team have the opportunity to work closely with every other team. Their work often depends on yours!

Note: All applications for the design team must include a digital portfolio. These can be hosted online or uploaded as file attachments in your email. We want to see your best work, but displaying all of your talents is also important!

Graphic Designers

Graphic designers work closely with the other teams to create original graphics and modify existing graphics, for use in news stories, features, guides, and videos. This is the most work-intensive position on the design team; you’ll often find yourself managing more than one project at a time – some large, some small. This position will also require the largest degree of cooperation skills on the team, as the projects assigned all come from other teams. Graphic designers must be highly skilled in Photoshop and Illustrator (or other comparable image-creation/editing tools) and have access to recent versions of each.

Artists

Artists create original works of art for use in guides, features, and other special projects. Artists will often assist graphic designers in the brainstorming process by helping sketch out ideas and contributing to the development of a design. Artists must be highly proficient in both traditional and digital art and must have access to recent versions of a powerful digital artwork tool (Corel Painter, Paint Tool SAI, and Sketchbook Pro are good examples). Access to and skill in Photoshop and Illustrator are both recommended and preferred, but not required.

UI/UX/Layout Designers

Layout designers are responsible for assisting in the designing of the the site’s appearance and will be working closely with the design director and the leadership team in order to ensure that what they create gets coded and implemented correctly. Projects range from building page layouts to designing icons for use on an existing design. Layout designers will work alongside the graphic designers for many projects. Layout designers must have access to a wireframing application for drafting purposes (InDesign is a popular option), be skilled in both Photoshop and Illustrator, and have access to the recent versions of each. A basic understanding of HTML and CSS is recommended and preferred, but not required.

Development positions

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Developers are perhaps the most important people at Zelda Universe, because without a website we couldn’t have a community!

Front-end Developers

Front-end developers take the designs created by the design team and turn them into code to build a beautiful, functional and easy to use website. They also work with back-end developers to display output from back-end code such as plugins. They work across multiple browsers and devices to ensure that their CSS works on all. Front-end developers must be skilled in HTML, CSS, and Javascript (experience with LESS/SASS and AJAX is a plus, and knowledge of WordPress and/or PHP is a huge bonus).

Back-end Developers

Back-end developers work with WordPress for the main website, and Burning Board for the forums. Both are PHP-based and primarily develop and maintain plugins and create exciting new features. We have created several custom plugins for WordPress in particular to make our site easier to use and build special features. PHP experience is essential, while HTML, CSS, and Javascript would be beneficial. Familiarity with WordPress or Burning Board (or other forum software such as vBulletin) is also a bonus.

DevOps

Our DevOps team manages the multiple servers that power Zelda Universe. They coordinate updates and live deployments while responding swiftly to emergencies such as downtime. They also keep a close eye on things to make sure they’re running smoothly and look out for new types of systems to improve the servers. As a bare minimum, DevOps staff must be familiar with Linux/Unix-type environments, be comfortable on the command-line (there’s no GUIs!) and have experience with SQL and database management. Knowledge of  nginx, Redis, Vagrant, Docker, or Chef would be very welcome.

Guides positions

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Our guides team is responsible for writing and creating beautiful walkthroughs that not only help gamers get through Zelda games but pay tribute to them.

Guide Layout Designers

Layout designers are responsible for taking the work of an editor and creating the final layout in WordPress.

The majority of the page layouts can be completed without code, but some minor coding knowledge is required for some portions.

Previous experience with WordPress is a plus. No matter your previous experience, this position will require some training with the Zelda Universe team in order to learn how to use our tools and design rules.

This position is probably the most demanding on the guides team.

Guide Game Recorders

Game recorders are exactly what it sounds like: individuals who record gameplay for the guides team. The game recorder is then responsible for grabbing screenshots to use on the guides.

No image editing capabilities are required, but you will need to provide your own HD capture card equipment and have copies of Zelda games readily available. If you have access to a modified Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS capture card unit, that’s a plus!

Guide Editors

Editors are responsible for modifying the work of writers to fit the formatting of the website. This includes proofreading, fact checking, and editing text, but also determining when and where to use screenshots, hyperlinks, and other page elements. Editors are trained to understand our style guidelines.

Each editor is assigned a small team of writers to manage. They are expected to follow up with each writer on a weekly basis to check on progress.

No coding knowledge is required for this position.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of these positions, send an email to volunteer@zeldauniverse.net with the name of the position in the subject and your application in the body. Your application should include, at minimum:

  • Your name
  • Your username on Zelda Universe or Zelda Wiki (if applicable)
  • Your age
  • IM screennames we can use to contact you (Skype, preferably)
  • The position you’re applying for and why you’re qualified (include examples of your work if applicable)
  • Any past experience working on a website (if applicable)
  • A detailed description of how you want to help out Zelda Universe
  • Any other information you’d like to add

Please note that we’re only looking for the best applications. Before you submit your application, you should thoroughly proofread it for spelling errors, grammatical errors, or any other errors of any kind (especially if you’re applying for a writing position!). You’ll be amazed at how many poorly-presented applications we receive.