Interested in leading for Apogee in 2014? Our application is now available online – please complete the application (found below) and send it, with a cover letter, current resume, and recent photograph, to Chad Olcott at email@example.com.
We pride ourselves on attracting the very best leaders in the business. More than anything else, you must make the safety and well-being of the students in your care an absolute priority while on trip. Through years of experience, we’ve found that applicants who are responsible, level-headed, and adaptable make the best trip leaders. Our leaders thrive on challenge, love the outdoors, and enjoy working with young people. Leading with Apogee presents an outstanding opportunity to inspire young people and realize your own leadership potential. If this is you, we can’t wait to hear from you!
Apogee’s Minimum Qualifications:
· Age 20 or older by June 2014
· Available for an in-person interview with the Directors
· Responsible, motivated, adaptable and hard-working
· Prior positive leadership experience
· Prior positive experience working with young people
· Eager to work and live simply in the outdoors
· Fit and healthy
· Positive, adventurous, and an outstanding role model
· Minimum certification requirements – before the summer, you must be certified in CPR and hold First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, or Wilderness First Responder Certification, depending on which trips you are leading, at a minimum.
We work hard to take care of our leaders before, during and after the trip season. Your compensation will be in the top range of other teen-oriented outdoor adventure companies. We will also cover all of your food and lodging costs while you are working with us.
2014 APPLICATION MATERIALS
Applications are available in:
Please note that we require an in-person interview as part of the application process (we are not able to conduct Skype interviews or otherwise make exceptions for applicants unable to meet in person). The interview must be conducted before the application deadline. After we’ve reviewed your completed application, we’ll be in touch about an interview. We’ll be hitting the road in February to meet prospective leaders and conduct interviews at colleges throughout the Northeast. You do not, however, need to attend one of the schools we’re visiting or wait until February for an interview.
Applications must be received by Monday, March 10, 2014.
Questions? Please email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 207-725-7025 anytime.
LEADERSHIP / LEADER TRAINING FAQS
I see you’re coming to recruit leaders at my school, do I need to fill out your application before I interview?
No. You’re welcome to interview with us without having filled out the application ahead of time. We do ask that you submit your resume through your school’s career services office or bring a resume to your interview.
How do I schedule an interview at my school?
In general, there are a couple of ways to go about scheduling an interview. You can have your pick of available interview slots by working through your school’s career services office or you can take a remaining slot by signing up at our info session (on-campus interviews are scheduled for the day following our evening info sessions).
I’m abroad this spring. I’m a perfect candidate. Can you please interview me over Skype?
Sorry, but we can’t. In-person interviews are fundamental to the application process.
So where am I going to be leading, anyway? Can I apply to lead a specific trip?When does the summer end?
Taking the questions in reverse order – you are more than welcome to request a specific trip in your application, but there is no guarantee that you will be hired to lead that trip. While we occasionally send first-year leaders out west or to more distant locales, first-year leaders can usually expect to lead trips in the northeast.
I’m not an outing club type – in fact, I don’t even know whether my school has an outing club – but this looks great. Should I even bother applying?
Absolutely! While we love our outing club friends, we find that some of our very best leaders come from all corners of campus. As long as you demonstrate great decision-making, leadership, and love working with kids, we’d love to talk to you.
When does the summer end?
The specific date your summer ends will depend on which trip/s you are leading, but all you can expect to wrap up between the end of July and the first week in August.
Where is leader training?
Fabulous Brunswick, Maine
When does leader training start?
In 2014, leader training for most leaders will start on Monday, June 16 in Brunswick.
What does leader training entail?
Leader training is an intense, focused combination of hard-skill and soft-skill training. You’ll learn how to deal with common problems on trip, learn about how to cook tasty, nutritious meals, and depending on what you are leading, get great mechanical training from biking professionals and/or re-visit the fundamentals of safe hiking and backcountry living. After the “classroom” portion of your training is complete, you’ll hit the road or the trails with your peers for a multi-day training trip in the field. While it’s fast-paced, most leaders would agree that leader training is a highlight of the summer.
Does Apogee provide food and housing during leader training, between trips, and after trips?
Yes. And the food is good, too!
Is transportation provided to Brunswick, Maine?
No. We will, however, very likely be able to pick you up at the airport or bus station if you’re not bringing your car up.
Does Apogee provide equipment?
You will bring your own personal gear with you (clothing, sleeping bag, etc.). Apogee provides tents for all leaders and panniers (bike saddlebags) for bike trip leaders. There are also a limited number of bikes available for leaders.
What should I pack?
Apogee will provide you with a detailed, trip-specific packing list before the summer begins.
Can I store my belongings while I’m away from Brunswick?
Yes, there is a limited amount of space to store personal belongings while leaders are away.
Can I bring my car?
We certainly encourage car-pooling and public transportation, but yes, you will be able to leave your car in Brunswick while on trip.
KELLY MCGINTY, CORNELL UNIVERSITY ’13
TRIPS LED: Maine’s Downeast Explorer ’12; New England Mountains & Coast ’12; Montana Service Adventure ’13; Northwest Explorer ’13
When looking for a summer job, I was initially torn between what I thought would be a resume-padding internship, or doing something I loved that involved the outdoors. Fortunately with Apogee, I found a job that allowed me to grow personally and develop my global perspective while pursuing ideals I’m passionate about – community service, environmental stewardship, and mentoring. From the day you arrive in Brunswick for leader training, you’re welcomed into the Apogee family, whether sharing meals alongside Kevin, Chad, and their wonderful families or exploring downtown Brunswick with other leaders. This foundation allows leaders to approach their trips with confidence, knowledge, and a supportive network behind them to guide them through even the most challenging days. Apogee has given me the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the country (Isle Au Haut, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park and the San Juan Islands), make lifelong friends in my fellow leaders, and leave a lasting impact on the lives of my students.
POSTYN SMITH, WILLIAMS COLLEGE ’15
TRIPS LED: Coast to Québec ’13
From the moment I arrived at Apogee, I knew that my Apogee summer was going to be an incredible one. During leader training, I was introduced to many other talented and fun-loving leaders, and we bonded quickly by sharing ideas and engaging in activities that inspired me to be out on the moose-filled roads of northern Maine. On the road from Freeport to Quebec City, every moment brought excitement: becoming a close-knit team, eating creative meals, playing games that made me cry because I was laughing so hard, and riding through amazing scenery. Without question, the two most powerful parts of leading for Apogee were the strong, dynamic relationship I built with my co-leader and Apogee’s culture – one that lets the students be themselves.
CC GENSHEIMER, THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY ’14
TRIPS LED: Maine’s Downeast Explorer ’12; New England Mountains & Coast ’12; California Mountains & Coast ’13
I cannot imagine a more rewarding experience than working as an Apogee trip leader. Not only do you get to impact the lives of students in the most incredible locations, but you also get to build unparalleled relationships with the directors and your fellow Apogee leaders. I feel so honored to be a representative of a company that emphasizes strong values, lasting friendships, and building self-confidence in students during such a developmental period of their lives. When you work for Apogee, you are not merely a trip leader, but instead a member of the Apogee family.
DYLAN HOOS, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA ’13
TRIPS LED: Caribbean Service Adventure ’13
I can honestly say that the summer I worked with Apogee was the best of my life. In leader training I got to know a diverse, radiant, hardworking, passionate, and truly unique group of individuals, Apogee leaders. I made more lifelong friends than I ever imagined I would. Throughout the summer I continuously felt unwavering support from my bosses, my co-leader, and the Apogee community as a whole. I’ve led trips for other companies but none with the same attention to detail and focus on the happiness of students, leaders, and parents alike. A family is formed on every Apogee trip. As a family the group is introduced to breathtakingly beautiful places, new challenges, huge excitement, continual bonding, and a shared sense of pride and accomplishment. It is a truly amazing process to witness and be a part of. I wouldn’t trade the friendships I gained or experiences I had for anything.