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Back End Developer

Captain Experiences
Job Functions:
Software Engineering
Austin, TX, USA
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Who We Are:

The sad reality in this day and age is that schedules are tight and things stack up faster than we can knock ‘em down. What better way to make the most of your time than to get outdoors with family, friends, and our Damn Good Guides?

At Captain (, we’re building a platform for outdoor sports based on the belief that everyone deserves easy access to exploring the outdoors.

Focused first on fishing, we'll soon unlock all outdoor sports and geographies, and leading venture investors including Andrew Chen at a16z (Andreessen Horowitz), Goodwater Capital, Not Boring Capital, Capital Factory, and others back us in making our passion our profession. We hope you’ll join us.

Who You Are:

We’re hiring our first full-time back end engineer to significantly improve system architecture, develop web app performance, create a trip recommendation engine, and add new core functionality like Twilio messaging integration.

You’ll work directly with our Co-Founder & Head of Product Attison, diving in to improve system architecture and performance.

You’re not only proud of your code - you also keep an eye towards the customer experience, lean into design and product management conversations, and itch to grow as a leader as we build out the Captain engineering team in 2022 and beyond.

Table Stakes:

-3+ years PHP experience and strong php fundamentals

-3+ years of MySQL experience

-2+ years of Laravel or Symfony experience

-1+ years of AWS / Docker experience

-Experience building and shipping production applications

-Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and understanding of systems architecture

-Strong familiarity with Laravel and basic back end concepts

-Desire to work in a fast-paced environment and wear many hats

-Experience in / knowledge of the outdoor industry preferred

-Located in or willing to relocate to Austin, Texas

-Value in-person collaboration (we work 3 days in person per week from our downtown Austin office)

What You Do:

-Own the technical design, development, and maintenance of new and existing product features

-Refactor legacy code and improve our database structure to improve web performance

-Solve complex architectural and performance issues autonomously

-Create testable, reusable, and readable code modules and implement new features and integrations

-Help troubleshoot application issues

-Grow and organize database for expansion across multiple outdoor sports and geographies

-Build out back end supporting PWAs for core constituents (adventurers and guides)

-Own projects and take them from start to finish autonomously

-Deliver performant improvements through an iterative approach: build, ship, measure, and learn

-Juggle large features and small tasks based on company needs

Your Why:

-Believe in our mission to Unlock the Outdoors across all outdoor sports and geographies

-Fulfilling work as part of an early-stage, high-growth team working directly alongside founders

-Ability to help shape the culture and future of Captain

-Growth opportunities in your role as Captain scales

-Competitive salary, healthcare, meaningful equity stake, and discounted Captain trips

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