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, compassionate, 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.
For the 2023 Summer season, we are hiring the following positions:
- Outdoor Trip Leaders
- Summer Assistant Directors
- Office Interns
- Support Staff
- Equipment Warehouse Manager
To learn more about the different positions available, please click here to view our 2023 Summer Staff position descriptions. For more information about what working with Apogee looks like, please watch our 2022-2023 Online Information Session.
To learn more about working with Apogee, select from the links below:
- Application Materials
- Virtual Info Session Schedule
- Campus Recruiting Calendar
- Additional Financial Support
- Leader Testimonials
- Leader FAQ
Our 2023 application is now closed. Thank you to all of our fantastic applicants who applied this year! For those interested in our applying with us for the 2024 season, please check back here in the fall for more information about our 2024 Staff Application. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions in the meantime, too – you can reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (207) 725-7025.
VIRTUAL INFO SESSION SCHEDULE
That’s a wrap on our 2023 virtual info sessions! Please check back in the fall as we post details about our virtual recruiting events for the 2024 season.
CAMPUS RECRUITING CALENDAR
We’ve recently wrapped up another successful season of campus recruiting visits, and we met some amazing folks along the way. Please check back in the fall as we post our future recruiting plans.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about working with us, we’d encourage you to watch our 2022-23 Online Info Session.
As always, if you have any questions at all – about an on-campus recruiting visit, scheduling an interview, or otherwise – please don’t hesitate to reach out via email at email@example.com or by phone at (207) 725-7025.
- Trip Leaders: Age 20 or older by mid-June, 2023
- Summer Assistant Directors: Age 21 or older by mid-June, 2023
- Office Interns: Age 21 or older by mid-June, 2023
- Support Staff: Age 21 or older by mid-June, 2023
- 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 in the outdoors
- Dynamic, adventurous, and an outstanding role model
- Meets Apogee’s essential eligibility criteria (see FAQ below)
- Current, valid driver’s license is required for all Summer Assistant Directors, Office Interns & Support Staff
- Minimum certification requirements
- Before the summer, you must be certified in CPR and either in Wilderness First Aid or as a Wilderness First Responder, depending on which trips you are leading. Additionally, we will ask some staff to be certified as Lifeguards before our leader training begins. Please note that if we ask you to obtain a certification you don’t already have, we offer full or partial reimbursements (depending on the type of course) for the course tuition.
- Working with Apogee is a full summer commitment, beginning in June and concluding in mid-August.
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, and 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 provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We especially encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, and those from other underrepresented groups to apply.
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Our 2023 Additional Financial Support Application is live!
This program is designed to provide additional financial support to make working with Apogee a viable summer employment option. While we encourage applicants from historically marginalized backgrounds to apply, this need-based scholarship is open to all staff members. Your application will be reviewed when we are actively offering positions – you will not hear from us about your Additional Financial Support application until that point.
Depending on each applicant’s needs, Apogee may award Additional Financial Support packages as supplementary salary in their first summer paycheck or through other means (e.g., purchasing a flight to Maine at the beginning of the summer or supporting your Wilderness First Responder certification if our base travel and certification reimbursements* don’t cover the entire costs). In most cases, we will inform applicants about any awarded additional financial support in conjunction with their job offer.
* Please note that Apogee offers a travel reimbursement to every staff member and also a partial or full reimbursement for required Wilderness First Aid/Responder Certifications.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you!
Will Pittman – Washington & Lee ’24
“I grew more as a person in my few months with Apogee than perhaps any other time in my life. The dynamic and the environment Apogee has fostered is really incredible; I think it’s a workplace like no other, and I will be lucky if I work somewhere in the future with a culture as good. As a leader, it is incredibly rewarding to realize at the end of a trip that you have given these kids a positive formative experience. This job takes you out of your comfort zone, puts you in new situations in which you are challenged and must adapt and improvise – this is the stuff that has a monumental effect on your growth and maturity. You can expect to have had an incredibly rewarding and meaningful summer experience and grow in more ways than you thought were possible.”
Ben Thibeau – University of San Diego ’21
“You are in for one WILD ride, and for the best dang summer of your life! An Apogee summer will change your life in all the best ways, give you life long friends, incredible skills, and the ability to tackle whatever challenges come your way. It is a busy summer of hiking, biking, essay writing, photography, service, or whatever else you’re doing, and you will be tired, but it’s the most rewarding experience in the world. Not only are doing something so incredible that so few people get the chance to do, you are bringing a group of young adults around Cape Cod, into the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest, or to the glaciers of Alaska. You get to expose these young people to the wonders of the outdoors and see them grow over the course of your trip. They will face challenges, and so will you, but you will have such a vast toolkit and support network to draw on that you truly will be unstoppable this summer.”
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!”
Josh Calianos – Dartmouth ’22
“This summer is entirely what you make of it. If you put the effort into appreciating and knowing your students, you’ll help them find reserves they never knew they had. If you want to make friends, the leader cohort is the most interesting and talented group I’ve ever been around. Take pictures and keep notes, because it ends quicker than you think it will. And when you look back on those pictures, you will have something to be proud of if you dug in during the tough times and laughed during the crazy ones and told every kid that they can do even more than the day before.”
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?”
Staff Application Process
I’m not an outdoorsy type, 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 backgrounds. As long as you demonstrate great decision-making and leadership skills and you love working with kids, we’d love to talk to you.
How challenging are Apogee trips to lead?
We believe in the concept of “achievable challenge.” While Apogee programs provide 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). Nonetheless, prior experience and fitness for a particular role may figure in to staff assignments.
What is the application process like? Does everyone who applies get an interview?
The application process includes the following components:
- Complete our written application and submit a resume;
- After reviewing written materials, we will invite a select number applicants to participate in first and, in some cases, second round interviews (either in-person or virtual).
Please see the “Application Materials” section above for more information.
I’ve been selected for an interview – what should I expect?
We have a multi-round interview process that becomes increasingly selective with each round. In first-round interviews, you can expect to be asked questions about your leadership style, past leadership experiences, and experience working with kids. If you advance to later rounds of the interview process, you can expect questions about risk management and team building. We will also ask you to talk us through how you would respond to a few different scenarios that could come up on an Apogee trip. As we use these interviews to help determine your ability to think quickly and critically, we do not provide a list of questions in advance.
I’m not certified in First Aid, much less Wilderness First Aid… can I still apply? How do I get certified if I’m hired?
You can absolutely still apply! If you are offered a position with Apogee, we’ll tell you what certifications we need you to obtain. Most Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses can be completed in two days, and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses range from 5-10 days in length. We can help point you in the right direction to find courses near you. Additionally, if we ask you to obtain a certification you don’t already have, we offer full or partial reimbursements (depending on the type of course) for the course tuition. Finally, we may offer an in-house WFA training immediately prior to our Leader Training, too.
Can I apply to lead a specific trip?
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.
Leading with Apogee
So where am I going to be working, anyway?
That depends on what trip you’re hired for! In most cases, we offer a specific trip position with every job offer so that you know where you’ll be leading before you accept your offer. Regardless of the trip you’re leading, you’ll spend two-plus weeks in Brunswick, Maine at the beginning of the summer for leader training and a few days back in Brunswick at the end of the summer for your gear de-issue and final debrief (and final celebration!). For our New England-based trips, you’ll spend your time in between trip sessions in Brunswick, Maine, and for most non-New England-based trips, you’ll spend your time in between trip sessions in a hub city near where your trip runs (e.g. our Northwest Explorer leaders spend their off days near Seattle). In both cases, Apogee provides lodging and food between trip sessions.
When does the summer end?
While this may change by a day or two in the coming months, the Apogee summer should tentatively wrap up on Monday, August 14th, 2023.
Where is Leader Training?
In and around fabulous Brunswick, Maine!
When does Leader Training start?
We are in the process of determining the exact dates of Leader Training, but it’s very likely that our 2023 Leader Training will begin within a day or few days of Sunday, June 11.
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; many of our leaders will 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 do offer a travel stipend to help cover your travel expenses, and we’ll be more than happy 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 will 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.). Additionally, Apogee has a limited supply of other personal gear (backpacks, sleeping bags, etc.) available to use as needed. We are happy to work with you if you don’t have access to any equipment specific to your trip.
What are Apogee’s essential eligibility criteria for staff members?
Essential eligibility criteria for Apogee staff members may vary by trip or position, 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 demonstrate consistent resiliency and strong mental and emotional fortitude in order to persevere through challenging conditions over a sustained period of time (e.g. often limited sleep opportunities and limited ability to communicate with others).
- The staff member must be able to sleep in a small tent (if applicable) without sleep aids (such as lights, music, screens, etc.).
- The staff member must be able to abstain from tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol while in the field and any illegal drugs for the duration of their employment.
What kind of compensation can I expect from an Apogee summer?
Summer salaries for first-year staff members range between $2,500-3,000 (this range generally depends on your time in the field), and staff members will receive a salary increase for each subsequent year with us. In addition to your salary, Apogee will also cover your food, housing, and intra-summer travel expenses. While staff members are responsible for getting to and from Maine at the beginning and end of the summer, we offer a travel stipend to help cover your travel expenses.
Please refer to the Additional Financial Support section for more information about that opportunity, too.