Senior Full Stack Engineer - Web and API

Denver, Colorado Full-time

Senior Full Stack Engineer for

Couchsurfing is the world’s premier social travel platform, with over 20 million members in nearly every country in the world. Couchsurfing changes people’s lives. Hearing the stories of Couchsurfers whose lives have been transformed by travel is the greatest reward for doing what we do. Join us and every day thousands of people from every country in the world will meet in person and embark on new adventures as a direct result of your work.

We are looking for a Senior Full Stack Engineer that can help us continue to deliver a web and mobile experience that allows travelers to connect all around the world.

About this role

As a Senior Full Stack Engineer, you will support delivery of Couchsurfing's web and API roadmap.  You will contribute to architecture and testing frameworks to ensure our applications are scalable, resilient, and offer millions of Couchsurfers a delightful experience.  Having a front-seat into our complex code-base, we will rely on you to alert us of issues as well as opportunities for improvement.

You will interact on a daily basis with product teams in Denver and San Francisco, engineers in Denver, Ukraine and Brazil, and will report directly to the Engineering Team Lead (Denver-based).  If you are an experienced Full Stack Developer that is looking for a challenge where the sharing economy / travel space, please apply below.

Experience and skills we're interested in

  • At least four years working on consumer websites using Rails in a team environment
  • Experience with modern frontend development frameworks and tooling
  • An understanding and passion for using proven testing practices to improve software quality and reduce risk
  • Experience working with relational databases such as MySQL or PostgreSQL
  • Some experience with Redis and ElasticSearch is preferred
  • Comfortable writing test suites and specs
  • Experience with high-load applications is a plus
  • Experience with AWS services and containers is a plus
  • Experience with mobile development on iOS and/or Android is a plus
  • Believer in data driven decision making, problem-solving skills
  • Experienced in lean, agile development practices
  • English fluency is a must

The responsibilities you’ll take on

  • Architect, build, ship and maintain new and existing product features
  • Contribute to technical planning meetings
  • Work closely with product managers and UX/UI designers to ensure the features are delivered according to specifications
  • Continuously identify and implement process improvements
  • Write code on a daily basis, to include unit and integration tests

 A bit about our stack

  • Infrastructure: AWS, Terraform, Kubernetes
  • Backend: Ruby on Rails
  • Frontend: Javascript, ES6, SASS
  • Data: MySQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, Redshift
  • Management: JIRA, Confluence, Slack,
  • Testing: Cucumber, RSpec
  • Operational Visibility: EFK, Grafana, Prometheus

A bit about you

  • A track record for learning new skills and being able to contribute with them quickly
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, and the ability to take constructive feedback well
  • The ability to drive objectives to completion
  • A talent for simplifying, and passion for great design
  • Passion for travel is a plus!

Culture and Perks:

  • Awesome co-workers who care about building a great service and each other
  • Best in-class tools for developing software and communicating with the team
  • We work hard and play hard - you have freedom to get the job done, but must deliver results
  • Business trips to the San Francisco Headquarters for product planning and teambuilding
  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Gym benefits
  • Lunch stipend


  • Salary:  $110k - $130k
  • Equity:  0.25% - 1%