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Tour Sales Specialist

Rick Steves’ Europe (RSE), a leader in the travel industry, is looking for a Tour Sales Specialist to work in our Tour Sales Department. The ideal candidate will be able to perform all tour department customer service, sales, and administrative duties in a professional and competent manner.

Hours:  35-40 hours per week.  RSE is open Monday – Saturday, 9:00-5:00 (until 8:00 on Thursdays).

Responsibilities include:

Customer Service and Sales, Data Entry

  • Assist with tour sales via phone and in-person
  • Answer all tour-related inquiries via e-mail
  • Enter and process new tour bookings in Salesforce and tour sales portal
  • Process transfers and cancellations in Salesforce and tour sales portal
  • Enter and update customer details specific to each tour booking in Salesforce
  • Collaborate with Tour Operations and Guide Services departments, as needed

Mailings and Administration

  • Assist with preparing and mailing, or emailing, all customer correspondence (confirmations, invoices, various letters), tour packets, and tour information requests, such as DVDs and tour catalogs
  • Assist with stocking of Tour Department materials and documents: such as tour catalogs, DVDs, insurance brochures, customer documents, and tour packet items
  • Filing, recording, and scanning all customer-related tour documents


The qualified candidate will have the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to treat customers and employees with courtesy and respect, even in difficult or stressful situations
  • Extensive European travel experience
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain a high level of accuracy with data entry and customer documentation
  • Ability to complete repetitive tasks methodically, efficiently, and effectively while maintaining a good attitude
  • Good time management skills and regular attendance
  • Strong technical skills including Outlook and Excel proficiency.

Additional experience in the following strongly preferred:

  • Knowledge of the RSE tour philosophy and tour itineraries  
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or similar database experience

To Apply:  Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and a one-page European travel summary to by January 26, 2015.  No phone calls, please. 

Software Developer

Rick Steves' Europe, a leader in the travel industry, is looking for a talented, full-time software developer who will be responsible for the design and development of internal and external facing applications at our Edmonds location. This person will contribute to all future software development projects as well as assist in the maintenance of legacy systems as required.

We want a smart, disciplined, customer-focused team player who enjoys working on highly visible projects. As a software developer on our team, you will be a key player in an innovative and entrepreneurial company that embraces technology in every area of its business, including the development and marketing of extensive rich media content.

Rick Steves' Europe provides a casual, interpersonally rewarding work environment in scenic Edmonds, WA about 20 minutes north of Seattle. We are dedicated to the cause of smart travel. We produce a public television series, weekly radio show and podcasts, write popular travel guidebooks, maintain an extensive travel website, run European tours, teach travel classes, and market an exclusive line of travel gear. To learn more about us, visit

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop and document software according to industry best practices.
  • Collaborate with other technology team members on software development, specifically regarding functionality, user experience, and technical design.
  • Manage deliverables according to approved project plans.
  • Participate in code maintenance, bug fixes, and various cross-functional roles with quality assurance.
  • Participate in design and code reviews.
  • Maintain a favorable working relationship with all company employees to foster a cooperative and harmonious working climate.


  • BS or MS in Computer Science or Mathematics.
  • Three+ years of professional software development.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and technical documentation skills.
  • Ruby on Rails development experience.
  • Test Driven Development / Behavior Driven Development.
  • Flexibility in using multiple programming languages.
  • Proficiency with SQL and database design.
  • Flexibility in a dynamic work environment and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proven time management skills: meet deadlines, effectively manage priorities, and communicate progress.
  • Aptitude for learning applications quickly and solving problems with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work as a team player, and pitch in on outside projects, as needed.
  • Support day-to-day end-user issues and requests, as needed.

Additional skills and experience in the following areas strongly preferred:

  • XML and web services
  • Content management systems
  • E-commerce platforms
  • Open-source software
  • PC and Mac platforms

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume via email to: Please, no telephone calls.

General Employment Opportunities

If you would like to be considered for a position at Rick Steves' Europe, you may email a cover letter, resume, and brief summary of your travel experience to or mail to:

Rick Steves' Europe
HR Dept.
130 4th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020-3114

Resumes are reviewed and considered as positions become available. Due to the high number of applications we receive, we regret that we cannot respond personally by phone. Thanks for your interest in Rick Steves' Europe!