At Apogee, we pride ourselves on attracting the very best leaders in the business. Through years of experience, we’ve found that applicants who are responsible, level-headed, and adaptable make the best trip leaders and staff members. Our leaders thrive on challenge, enjoy living in the outdoors, and love working with young people. Working 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 2016
  • 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
  • Dynamic, 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 as a Wilderness First Responder, depending on which trips you are leading. If you are not already, 2016 staff will be certified as lifeguards as part of our leader training in June.

We work hard to take great 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 cover all of your food and lodging costs while you are working with us. You will also be able to take advantage of Apogee’s negotiated pro-deals with outstanding outdoor gear companies.

Apogee is an equal-opportunity employer.

2016 Apogee Leader Recruiting Visits and Information Sessions


That’s a wrap! We’ve completed our 2016 Leader Recruiting tour, and we are so excited about all of the fantastic applicants we met on our travels around the country. Additionally, we want to extend our thanks to our great hosts at the colleges and universities we visited throughout the year.

Applicants, as a final reminder, all completed 2016 Leader Applications, which include an in-person interview, are due by 5 PM ET Sunday, March 13. We look forward to hearing from you!


There are three steps to an Apogee Summer Staff application:

  • A completed Staff Employment Application with photo and resume (available below);
  • A cover letter (submitted with the Employment Application);
  • An in-person interview (arranged by invitation after Apogee has reviewed your application).

Applications are available in Word or PDF form. Typed applications in Word form are preferred.

Apogee will have two hiring deadlines in advance of our 2016 season. Fall applications are due by 5 PM ET on Friday, December 4th, 2015. Spring applications are due by 5 PM ET on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Please note that there is no particular advantage in applying early. We’ve set two application deadlines primarily to provide Juniors who will be studying abroad during the Spring semester with the opportunity to complete their application before traveling overseas. Apogee will inform Fall applicants of the status of their application no later than Friday, December 18th. Apogee will either offer Fall applicants a Summer 2016 position, move the application into the Spring hiring pool, or inform the applicant that we will not have a place for them in 2016. Apogee will inform Spring applicants of their application status by or before April 1, 2016.

  2016 Staff Employment Application

  2016 Staff Employment Application
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 written application, we may be in touch about an interview.

We visit a number of terrific colleges and universities over the course of our Fall and Spring recruiting tours. Students at the schools we’re visiting who meet our minimum qualifications do not need to have completed our written application before attending an info session or scheduling an on-campus interview.

Questions? Please email us anytime at or give us a call at 207-725-7025.


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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 and leadership skills and you love working with kids, we’d love to talk to you.

see you’re coming to recruit leaders at my school, do I need to fill out your application before I interview?
No. Students at the schools we’re visiting who meet our minimum qualifications are 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 semester. I’m the 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 working, anyway? Can I apply to lead a specific trip?
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.

When does the summer end?
The Apogee summer wraps up in the middle of August – the specific date will depend on your position.

Where is staff training?
In and around fabulous Brunswick, Maine.

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When does staff training start?
Lifeguard training for the 2016 season will begin on Wednesday, June 15th. However, for those leaders who are already Lifeguard certified, training will begin on Saturday, June 18th.

What does staff training entail?
Staff 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 how to cook tasty, nutritious meals; become certified as a lifeguard; 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 staff training is a highlight of the summer.

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Does Apogee provide food and housing during staff training, between trips, and after trips?

Yes. And the food is good, too!

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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.). We’ll send you a detailed list of what you’ll need before the summer. Apogee provides tents for all trip leaders and panniers (bike saddlebags) for bike trip leaders. There are also a limited number of bikes available for leaders.

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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.



While at Apogee I learned more about myself in a summer than I ever imagined possible. Surrounded by passionate, intelligent, and kind leaders, I turned my hobby for the outdoors into a lifelong passion. From witnessing sunrises that take your breath away to endlessly laughing around a campfire with remarkable students on an island off the coast of Maine, I couldn’t imagine a place I would rather be than with Apogee. The environment and philosophy that Chad and Kevin cultivate lets leaders create lasting friendships, confidence, and memories.  I’ve yet to find a community that fosters self-growth, inspiration, resilience, and compassion as much as the Apogee family does.


Leading for Apogee this summer was a dream come true. I went on two Apogee trips as a participant, Vermont hiker and Northwest Explorer, and always looked up to my leaders. As a student, Apogee was my first experience with the outdoors, and it has shaped my life and the independent path I have taken. It gave me the leadership skills and confidence I needed to pursue rigorous outdoor programs and return to be a leader. Now as a leader, being able to share this with kids and my amazing co-leader was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Apogee is truly unique in that you can be challenged, make mistakes, succeed, and grow as a person all in beautiful places. Chad and Kevin are the best bosses you could imagine, and all of the leaders are some of the most kind, charismatic, selfless, strong individuals I have ever met. Apogee is a family and I am, who I am, because of how much I have grown through my experience of being loved and supported by it.


Working for Apogee is some of the most fun I’ve had outdoors, as well as the hardest, most rewarding work I’ve ever done. The Apogee staff, just like every Apogee group, treats each other like family. While leading trips, you’re constantly barraged with love and support from the Brunswick office. The office is full of veteran leaders that understand what you are going through and are genuinely care about you and your experience. Apogee leaders grow over a summer at least as much as the kids on trips do.


My summers with Apogee have been some of my most rewarding to date. Leading for Apogee offers a diverse range of experiences all of which are rewarding and fulfilling. From developing a strong and supportive co-leader relationship to watching a group of kids push themselves to achieve new goals, you love every second. You are backed every step of the way by Kevin and Chad, all of the wonderful people in the office and all of the other leaders who share your achievements and challenges with you. Relationships that I made on the trip and during training are some of my most meaningful today. From beautiful sights to a supportive family to endless laughs, Apogee is truly a dream job.


Working with Apogee was incredibly valuable to me because it enveloped me in a community of inspirational, dedicated and fun-loving individuals that quickly meshed into a wonderfully cohesive family. I learned so many new things and developed countless new skills, all while working in a stunning area with people that I loved, and I returned from that summer more confident and competent in so many respects. Chad, Kevin, and the Assistant Directors are so welcoming and understanding, not to mention passionate about the trips and the students; being surrounded by that kind of encouraging environment truly makes working for Apogee an amazing treat. It is such a wholesome and rewarding summer experience, and I am confident that the bonds I formed with my co-leader, students and peers will continue to influence me in infinite unforeseeable ways.


My summer spent working for Apogee was a dream come true. The values Apogee endorses permeate the culture and were reflected to the highest standard in all of my amazing co-workers. It was an incredible experience getting to meet and work alongside such smart, kind, motivated, and humble individuals. While working for Kevin and Chad, it is impossible to not throw yourself entirely into the job. The amount of love and diligence these guys pump into every aspect of the company is remarkable. Apogee truly is a family, and phenomenal one at that.