Mid-Level Web Developer

Grow your skills and work with the latest PHP technologies at Sterner Stuff.

Quick Version

  • Full-stack web developer with 3+ years experience
  • WordPress, Laravel, React, Vue
  • Eugene-based preferred
  • Part- to full-time
  • Starting at $30-38/hr (additional details)

Why Sterner Stuff?

Sterner Stuff is a web shop building websites and custom web apps for our clients.

  • Work on a wide range of projects, with opportunities to try out new technologies.
  • Help shape the company as part of a small team.
  • We believe in a high-quality product done right, and work with clients who value the same.
  • We value work-life balance and respect the other commitments that make you, well, you!
  • We don’t call ourselves a family, but we are a team. A healthy balance of remote work options and in-person availability ensure you feel like part of the team.
  • Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, our team enjoys proximity to some of America’s best outdoor recreation.

We know that venture-backed tech offers stock options and cushy benefits, but big tech hires and fires hundreds at a time. At Sterner Stuff, our clients continue to love working with us, which means consistent work and better job security.


  • Pay for this position is flexible, with a minimum $30/hr, ranging up to $38/hr and up for the right candidate.
  • Aggressive raise schedule for successful employees.
  • Equipment budget after one year
  • Retirement benefits after one year
  • Continuing education opportunities. Let’s talk conferences, courses, and more
  • Flexible time off policy
  • Flexible remote work policy

The Work You’ll Do

Our projects are primarily in WordPress + Laravel. We position ourselves for custom WordPress work, though also do the drag-and-drop work as needed. We have multiple projects using client-side front-end frameworks like React and Vue.

In WordPress, we have some clients with “brochure-ware” WordPress sites, but we prefer to work with clients with interesting problems to solve, including high traffic, eCommerce, and events management. Our Laravel clients have a wide range of applications, from field assessments for heavy machinery to quote request platforms to education.

Work may include:

  • Maintaining and extending existing Laravel applications
  • Developing new Laravel applications
  • Replicating, diagnosing, and fixing bugs in applications
  • Writing tests to prevent regression around said bugs
  • Debugging third-party WordPress plugin and theme conflicts
  • Making content and configuration changes to WordPress sites
  • Building brand new WordPress sites with the latest tooling
  • Running and automating monthly WordPress updates

We currently have clients committed to 20 hours/week of work that you would be solely responsible for. The right candidate will have a full-time schedule very quickly.

While remote work is acceptable, we prefer a local candidate that can stop into the office from time to time.

Tools We Love

These are some tools we commonly use. Familiarity with them will give you a leg up.


Must have:

  • Git basics, including checkout, branching, committing, pushing, and submitting pull requests.
  • Competence with object-oriented PHP, including classes, namespaces, etc.
  • 3+ years building and maintaining Laravel applications.
  • Experience with first-party Laravel tools like Forge, Passport, Spark, Sanctum, etc.
  • Flexible with your duties.
  • 3+ years developing for WordPress. This means writing PHP in a WordPress context.
  • Comfortable with WordPress hook system and template inheritance to customize third-party WordPress themes and plugins.
  • Experience building a WordPress theme from scratch based on design assets
    • Experience with full-site editing and configuring a theme.json file for client success is a big plus
  • Self-starter who works well independently and in a team environment
  • Excited about delivering results
  • Positive outlook and professionalism
  • Ability to quickly change from one project to another
  • Enthusiastic about learning new apps and software
  • Dependable work ethic with limited supervision


  • Basic understanding of various levels of caching on the web
  • Shopify experience


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