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 see the world, inspire young people, and realize your own leadership potential.
Apogee’s Minimum Qualifications:
- Trip Leaders: Age 20 or older by June 8, 2020
- Office Interns & Support Staff: Age 21 or older by June 8, 2020
- Responsible, motivated, adaptable, and hard-working
- Excellent decision-making and risk management skills
- 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
- Current, valid driver’s license is required for all Office Interns & Support Staff
- Minimum certification requirements
- Before the summer, you must be certified in Wilderness First Aid or as a Wilderness First Responder, depending on which trips you are leading. If you are not already, 2020 staff will be certified as Lifeguards as part of our Leader Training in June.
- Working with Apogee is a full summer commitment, beginning on June 8, 2020, and concluding on August 12, 2020
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.
2020 APPLICATION MATERIALS
There are three required components to an Apogee Summer Staff Application:
- Complete our online 2020 Summer Staff Application.
- Submit a current resume:
- Please upload your resume to your CampInTouch account after submitting your application. Log in to CampInTouch by clicking here (or using the “Login” link at the top of the page), navigate to the Forms & Documents section, and upload PDF version of your resume. If you have any problems uploading this document, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete an in-person interview:
- 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. Apogee cannot guarantee every applicant an interview.
- Please refer to our recruitment schedule (below) to see if Apogee will be visiting your school. Applicants who meet our minimum qualifications do not need to have completed our online application before attending an info session or scheduling an on-campus interview.
- If Apogee is not coming to your school or a school in your area, please contact us at email@example.com. We would be happy to discuss interview opportunities with you!
There are two opportunities to apply to work for Apogee during Summer 2020:
- FALL APPLICATIONS
- Due by Sunday, November 24, 2019
- SPRING APPLICATIONS
- Due by Sunday, March 1, 2020
2020 LEADER RECRUITING CALENDAR
We hope you were able to join us on campus this fall! If you weren’t, keep an eye out for our spring recruiting dates – they’ll be posted here in the coming months before we hit the road in January & February.
In the meantime, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org for an electronic version of our Information Session or to set up a time to interview at our Brunswick, Maine office. We look forward to meeting you!
Michelle Mouw – Northeastern ’21
“Working for Apogee feels like living life to its fullest. You are constantly surrounded by fellow leaders, staff, and students who inspire and challenge you to be the best version of yourself. On top of all of this, you get to facilitate a trip for kids where they experience that magical sense of wonder and excitement about the world that only a trip like Apogee can bring. My summer with Apogee brought so much joy and so many new friends into my life that I am forever changed!”
Elliot Wilson – Bates ’21
“Working with Apogee is an honor. It is all at once challenging, rewarding, exciting, and dynamic – every day presents a new adventure with a group of students. I came away from the summer feeling like I had grown alongside my students, gaining hard skills in bike touring and all areas of camp life, along with countless soft skills in leadership. An Apogee summer is as wonderful for leaders as it is for students, and it provided me with a breadth of skill sets and experiences that will shape my life and perspectives for years to come.”
Daryl Konstandt – University of North Carolina ’20
“My summer with Apogee was truly the summer of a lifetime. Apogee provides an experience full of self-discovery, exploration, and vibrant people and places. It is difficult to articulate the immense gratitude I have for Apogee, Kevin, and Chad. After a single summer as an Apogee leader, I can emphatically say that I am a more confident, resilient, independent, self-aware, and intentional person. Not only did I grow as an individual, but I also gained outdoor skills that I will practice and broaden for life. Apogee uniquely renders a remarkable environment in which you can grow alongside the Directors, other leaders, and your students. I consistently felt heard and supported. Undoubtedly, throughout the ups and downs of life, I will always be able to draw on the lessons and experiences gained from Apogee.”
Jonathon Haist – University of Florida ’20
“After working with Apogee for a summer, I felt incredibly filled. Filled with experiences, stories, happiness, and lasting connections to truly beautiful people and places. This, without a doubt, stems from Apogee’s focus on creating an intentional community. The Directors are so genuine, caring, and supportive that it makes working for them an absolute joy. Not to mention the other leaders are – hands down – some of the most remarkable people I have ever met! Not only do you get to be a part of this community, but you also get to share it with students while leading them through some insanely beautiful places. Seeing the students grow together, develop a love for the outdoors, and discover a passion for adventure is infinitely rewarding. This job gives you an amazing opportunity to bring joy and excitement into other people’s lives, and it will surely do the same for you!”
Jordan Mullens – Wake Forest ’19
“Leading for Apogee was transformative and invaluable. Joining a welcoming community of intelligent, kind, hard-working, and down to Earth individuals was the perfect transition for me after my college graduation; leading others was easier knowing that I had an astounding support system and family in Brunswick. Kevin, Chad, and the Assistant Directors are some of the most empathetic people that I may ever have the chance to work for. They are truly passionate about enriching the lives of others, and their love of serving others transcends their entire organization. Witnessing them pour every ounce of their being into Apogee on a daily basis inspired me to do the same. Aiding in the growth of the next generation was beyond rewarding and made me feel fulfilled at the end of every day. I am thankful for the opportunities Apogee gave me to challenge myself (and others), overcome adversity, and grow as a person. Working for Apogee has made me a happier human!”
Liana Margolese – Cornell ’19
“Leading for Apogee is hands down the most rewarding way to spend your summer. As a leader you have the rare opportunity to empower students to do things they never thought possible, whether that be biking across state borders or cooking up a delicious stir-fry in the mountains of Spain. Chad, Kevin and the amazing Assistant Directors have built a one-of-a-kind support system that allows you to be challenged and make mistakes, while enabling you to be the best and most successful leader you can be. Skills gained through Apogee are lifelong, and are readily transferable to any post-college venture. The Apogee family is truly unique in its warmth and inclusivity, and I cannot think of a better way I could have spent my summers than as an Apogee leader. Empowering students in beautiful places alongside incredible individuals who quickly become lifelong friends… What more can you ask for?”
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.
I 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 and they often vary by school. In most instances, 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 don’t see my school on your recruiting calendar. Can I still schedule an interview?
In many cases, yes. Give us a call or send an email to email@example.com, and, based on your location, we might be coming to your area for another reason. Additionally, we’re able to schedule interviews from our office in Maine, but we aren’t able to reimburse for any travel expenses. Apogee may also ask for a resume before offering an interview opportunity.
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.
When does the summer end?
After a celebratory dinner on Tuesday, August 11th, the Apogee summer will wrap up on Wednesday, August 12th, 2020.
Where is Leader Training?
In and around fabulous Brunswick, Maine!
When does Leader Training start?
2020 Leader Training will begin on Monday, June 8th, 2020.
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 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 Leader Training is a highlight of the summer!
Does Apogee provide food and housing during staff training, between trips, and after trips?
Yes. And the food is good, too!
Is transportation provided to Brunswick, Maine?
No. However, we will very likely be able to pick you up at the airport or bus station if you’re not driving.
What equipment do I need, and what does Apogee provide?
You will bring your personal gear with you (clothing, sleeping bag, etc.), and we’ll send you a detailed list of what you’ll need before the summer. Leaders also have access to Pro Deal discounts with some great gear companies ahead of time. Apogee provides tents for all trip leaders, bikes and panniers (bike saddlebags) for bike trip leaders, and all group gear (e.g. cookware and stoves, med kits, etc.).
How challenging are Apogee trips to lead? Are there any eligibility requirements?
We believe in the concept of “achievable challenge.” While every Apogee program provides a measure of both physical and mental challenge, our trip itineraries are carefully designed to be within the reach of motivated staff members and students who are able to fulfill the “essential eligibility criteria” (please see below for more about essential eligibility criteria) of an Apogee participant.
Essential eligibility criteria for Apogee staff members may vary by trip, but will include at a minimum:
- The staff member must be ambulatory and able to propel themselves over varied terrain, and ride a bicycle (as applicable), without assistance. As appropriate for the specific trip and physical frame of the staff member, the staff member must be able to carry weight, appropriate to the staff member’s frame and the program, either in a backpack or in panniers attached to a bicycle.
- The staff member must be able to see clearly, whether with or without glasses or contacts.
- The staff member must be able to self-toilet and provide for their own self-care.
- The staff member must be verbal and able to clearly communicate their own needs.
- The staff member must be able to follow verbal directions and clearly communicate directions and information to students with oral dialogue.
- The staff member must be able to follow a structured schedule.
- The staff member must be able to self-manage frustrations or emotional outbursts. Additionally, the staff member must be able to self-calm following an event that causes frustration, sadness, or anger.
- The staff member must be able to sleep in a small tent (if applicable) without sleep aids (such as lights, music, screens, etc.).
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.