Careers

Current open positions:

About Smart Destinations: Founded in 2003, we’re a fast-growing e-commerce company with patented technology that offers the only digitally-delivered multi-attraction passes. Currently available in 13 cities (and counting!), Smart Destinations is embarking on a global expansion plan: we just closed on a profitable 7 straight quarters of over 40% growth, launched our first European market in London in 2016, and were recently acquired by Big Bus Tours who is backed by a UK PE firm, Exponent PE.

What we do: Smart Destinations’ multi-attraction passes, called Go City Cards, offer travelers 3 pass options that maximize the fun, savings, and convenience of sightseeing: the All-Inclusive Pass, Explorer Pass, and Build Your Own Pass. Go City Card passes provide admission to more than 500 attractions across 13 North American and European destinations with a savings of up to 55% off gate prices.

Work life: Our offices are conveniently located across the street from South Station in Boston, MA, and just a short walk from Dewey Square – aka ‘food truck bounty.’

As an equal opportunity employer, Smart Destinations is committed to fostering a diverse, multicultural work environment where all our employees respect one another and share a commitment to our firm’s values, mission, and strategies. We provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status.

Benefits: Smart Destinations is dedicated to creating great products, a great work environment, and a great place to grow your career. We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefits package including flex spending, 3 weeks vacation, plus paid sick time. Perks include a nice new office in a bustling location in downtown Boston, great coworkers, unlimited caffeine, and the occasional end-of-the-week beer.

How to apply: Please send your resume to careers@smartdestinations.com with your name and the title of the position you’re applying to in the subject line in the following format: “Job Applicant: Title of Job: Your Name”.

Front-End Web Developer

Smart Destinations, part of Leisure Pass Group, the world’s leading attraction pass provider, is looking for a front end developer.

You’ll be working closely with the rest of the dev team (2 other front-end, a development team of around 10), as well as with designers, product management, marketing, and operations teams to plan, execute, and test new features, improvements, and bug fixes to our e-commerce website, as well as internal and partner-facing websites.

Our ideal candidate is interested in the entire product development lifecycle, but will focus primarily on front-end code for e-commerce and internal web applications. You should be comfortable with CSS and pre-processing (we use SASS) in the context of a large, mobile-first responsive website, HTML and templating (we use Velocity for our server-side templates), and website performance best-practices.

If you’ve had to think about things like optimizing performance or managing component styling for a large website, we definitely want to hear from you! (Design, javascript, server-side languages, site analytics, and project management skills are relevant nice-to-haves but not strict job requirements.)

At Smart Destinations, you’ll enjoy a spacious brick-and-beam office with high ceilings, lots of plants, big windows, free snacks & refreshments, lounging area, standing desks, and most importantly: friendly and interesting co-workers. The company is about 100 people, with 30 in the Boston office and the rest split among London, New York, and remote workers. We have a happy hour most Fridays and team outings a few times a year, but generally it’s a “9-5, home for dinner with family” atmosphere.

If you wish to apply, please provide an online portfolio, code samples, and/or links to websites you’ve worked on (and specifics on what you contributed).

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Boston (great location right by South Station)

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with the dev and other teams to collect and understand project objectives and requirements.
  • Build out new pages and features.
  • Work with customer service and marketing to fix bugs and resolve issues.
  • Communicate ideas clearly to non-techie people.
  • Constantly improve our existing codebase and processes for speed, maintainability, and robustness.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute split tests to improve website conversion.
  • Create wireframes and prototypes.

Must-Haves:

  • You have a solid portfolio of mobile-first, responsive websites or apps.
  • Mastery of modern CSS and HTML.
  • You understand and care about page speed optimization.
  • You can successfully manage your own time and projects.
  • You have experience with cross-browser testing.
  • You’re familiar with any type of front-end templating.
  • You communicate clearly, work well with a team, and feel comfortable asking questions.
  • You pay attention to details, but can make appropriate compromises in light of business concerns.
  • You like a good laugh and a friendly, supportive work environment.

Nice-to-Haves:

  • Comfortable with version control (we use Git).
  • Javascript experience.
  • Knowledge of accessibility best-practices.

Technologies we use:

  • Server – Java
  • Server templates – Velocity
  • CSS preprocessing – SASS
  • JavaScript – jQuery and Backbone (discussing using React for large new internal project)
  • Build – Grunt (discussing using Webpack for large new internal project)
  • Testing – Mocha, Nightwatch, Browserstack
  • Version Control – Git
  • Google Analytics & Tag Manager
  • Design – Sketch, Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign
  • A/B Testing – Visual Website Optimizer
  • Remote usability testing – usertesting.com
  • Project management – JIRA
  • Blog – WordPress

Senior Software Engineer


The Big Picture:
Do you want to work at a place where every line of code you write matters? Do you want to work on your own features and products from SQL/NoSQL to view? Do you want to work on a modern evolving Java stack? Do you want to work collaboratively with a tight team of talented engineers helping to build awesome experiences for our partners and our customers? Smart Destinations is a fun and challenging place to work so if you are game we would love to hear from you.

Things you will be doing:

  • Working collaboratively with internal and external customers developing features from end to end leveraging your expertise in Java, SQL, and Spring frameworks (MVC, Integration, Batch).
  • Working closely with other Java developers and the front end web team to help make them and you better programmers.
  • Lets face it: every codebase has room for improvement, so refactoring and bug fixing is always on the list.
  • Test, Test, Test. A big part of this is working with the stakeholder or whoever is requesting the feature you’re building to ensure you’re building what they expect – so they will be doing some testing too!

Things you need to know:

  • If you have been reading along we are looking for Java experts who really know the Spring framework, IoC, MVC, etc., inside and out.
  • Know your design patterns.
  • You should have a good handle on SQL (CREATE, SELECT, JOIN, INSERT, MySQL), ‘NIX environments (we deploy to CentOS, and develop on Mac OS)
  • Familiarity with Maven and Git would be good too.