Join She Summits Co: Where Adventure Meets Purpose
At She Summits Co, we don't just climb mountains – we redefine them. We are a pioneering company dedicated to fostering leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering women in the workplace. Our mission is to create a world where every woman can reach her highest potential and lead with confidence.
Adventuring all over the state of Maine
About She Summits Co.
Welcome to She Summits Co, a trailblazing organization dedicated not just to outdoor adventures, but to igniting lifelong passions and empowering individuals through the majesty of nature. Our operation is unique, not just in what we do, but in how we do it and the impact we create.
Our Purpose: Igniting lifelong passions through outdoor opportunities – this is the core of She Summits Co. We believe that the great outdoors is not just a space for recreation, but a powerful catalyst for personal growth, entrepreneurial ventures, and environmental stewardship.
Our Vision: In a world transformed by She Summits Co, passions are ignited, and lives are enriched. We envision a future where everyone, regardless of background, finds solace and connection in the great outdoors. Our efforts aim to make this vision a reality by breaking down barriers to outdoor access and fostering a culture that celebrates and respects nature.
What Makes Us Unique:
- Entrepreneurial Spirit: We're not just about outdoor activities; we're a hub for entrepreneurial ventures that thrive in nature's embrace, empowering more women to lead as enthusiasts and guides.
- Community and Diversity: Our horizon reveals a diverse and unified tapestry of individuals. We champion inclusivity and community building, making sure everyone feels at home in the great outdoors.
- Environmental Stewardship: As stewards of nature, we are acutely aware of our responsibility towards the environment, particularly in addressing climate change and its impacts.
- Local Impact: Our roots in the great Maine community run deep. We strive to forge stronger community ties, address mental health, and build a resilient and adaptable workforce.
- Advocacy: We are advocates for accessible outdoor experiences, ensuring that the magic of nature is within reach for all.
- Culture of Kindness: Our narrative is woven with kindness, understanding, and an unyielding love for our planet.
Our Mission: Fostering self-confidence through brave outdoor adventures. We believe that every hike, paddle, and trail run is an opportunity to build resilience, confidence, and a sense of accomplishment.
Do You See Yourself Here? If you're passionate about the outdoors, committed to making a positive impact, and eager to be part of a dynamic team that values growth, community, and environmental stewardship, She Summits Co is your destination. Join us in our journey to enrich lives and preserve our planet, one adventure at a time.
The Employee Experience
What’s it like to work and live at She Summits Co? At She Summits Co, working and living is an adventure in itself, enriched with professional training and personal development. Our team members immerse themselves in an environment where learning, growth, and outdoor exploration are intertwined. Living here means being part of a close-knit community, with group living accommodations and shared spaces fostering a sense of camaraderie and collaboration.
What do you value and how do those values shape your employee’s experience? Our values focus on empowerment, collaboration, and continuous learning. We prioritize a collaborative approach to communication and problem-solving, enhancing soft skills like critical thinking and creativity. These values shape our employees' experience by fostering a supportive and dynamic environment where everyone's unique communication styles are respected and nurtured.
What’s fun and enriching about working at She Summits Co? The fun and enrichment at She Summits Co come from both the work we do and the skills we develop. Employees enjoy a range of outdoor activities and are equipped with valuable certifications like Wilderness First Responder and Maine Trip Leader Training. This hands-on experience is complemented by fun elements like exploring different career paths in the outdoor industry and the possibility of earning university credits through internships.
- What will be the best takeaway after a season working with you? The best takeaway is a comprehensive set of skills and experiences. Employees leave with valuable certifications and training that are highly regarded in the outdoor industry. They gain soft skills that are transferable to various workplaces and fields of study. Additionally, our support extends to writing personalized letters of recommendation and providing resume assistance. The experience at She Summits Co is not just about a season of work; it's about setting the foundation for a successful career in the outdoor industry and beyond.
To be a successful, happy, and engaged employee at She Summits Co, certain qualities stand out as being particularly important. These qualities ensure the best fit for both the employee and the organization:
Passion for the Outdoors: A genuine love for outdoor activities and an appreciation for nature are essential. Employees who thrive at She Summits Co are those who find joy and fulfillment in outdoor adventures and environmental stewardship.
Commitment to Learning and Growth: The willingness to engage in continuous learning, both through formal training and experiential learning, is crucial. This includes an eagerness to pursue certifications like Wilderness First Responder or Maine Trip Leader Training, and a commitment to developing both hard and soft skills.
Collaborative and Communicative: Effective communication and a collaborative spirit are key. Employees who can work well in a team, respect diverse viewpoints, and contribute to a positive, inclusive work environment will find great success here.
Adaptability and Resilience: The nature of outdoor work requires adaptability and resilience. Employees who can handle unexpected challenges, adapt to changing conditions, and maintain a positive attitude even under difficult circumstances are highly valued.
Environmental Consciousness: A deep respect for the environment and a commitment to sustainable practices are important. Employees should be passionate about conservation and eager to contribute to initiatives that promote environmental stewardship.
Leadership and Initiative: Qualities like leadership, initiative, and the ability to inspire others are highly regarded. Employees who take charge, demonstrate problem-solving skills and motivate others will excel in this environment.
Community Orientation: A sense of community and a desire to contribute positively to the lives of others, whether through mentoring, outreach, or advocacy, is key. Employees who value and actively participate in community-building efforts will find a rewarding experience.
These qualities not only contribute to an individual’s success and happiness at She Summits Co but also align with the organization's mission and values, ensuring a mutually beneficial fit. Employees who embody these traits will likely find a deeply enriching and satisfying work experience at She Summits Co.
Room and Board
At She Summits Co, we understand the importance of comfortable living arrangements for our staff, which is why we provide room and board as part of the compensation package for our overnight staff and interns. There are no additional fees for this accommodation.
We do not provide room and board for our day trip staff because of the place-based nature of these trips. Those positions are ideal for someone who already has housing in the area.
For our Interns and Overnight staff: We typically rent houses in downtown Bangor, Maine, which are charming, older New England homes featuring wood floors. These homes offer shared bedrooms, with each staff member paired with one other person. The houses are equipped with a kitchen and living room, although the furnishings are sparse, adding to the rustic charm of the living experience.
Historically, our business operations have been conducted in the same areas as our staff housing. During the day, the living room serves as the business office, while group gear is stored on the sunroom porch, and the kitchen doubles as storage for camp food. For the 2024 season, we are looking to rent a duplex to provide a more distinct separation between staff housing and business operations. However, trip staff may still have their bedrooms in the second apartment of the house. We aim to ensure that our accommodations are not just a place to stay, but a space where our staff can feel at home and part of the She Summits Co community.
Further details about our room and board arrangements, including specifics of the new duplex setup, will be provided during your interview. We believe that our unique living arrangements enhance the overall experience of working with us, fostering a sense of camaraderie and teamwork that is essential to our operations.
- Free Wilderness First Responder ($800)
- Paid Lifeguard Training
- Maine Trip Leader Certification
- Leave No Trace Awareness
- Free Acadia National Park Pass
- Access to Various Pro Deals
- Access to Discounts from Local Outfitters
Getting Here and Getting Around
Overnight Staff and Interns:
For those considering joining the She Summits Co team, it's important to plan your transportation arrangements accordingly. We recommend that you do not bring a personal vehicle, mainly due to the limited parking available at the staff house. However, for your convenience, we provide access to a van or SUV during your off time, making it easier to explore the area or run errands. For interns, who will be residing in a separate residence, having a personal vehicle is more feasible and can be an exception to this recommendation.
Arrival to She Summits Co: We can arrange pickups from both Portland Airport and Bangor Airport, with a preference for Bangor due to its proximity. Additionally, for those traveling from Boston, we can also pick you up from the bus station. This arrangement aims to ease your transition and help you settle in comfortably without the immediate need for personal transportation.
Local Transportation: Once settled, you'll find that our housing is conveniently located within walking distance to downtown Bangor. This location offers the benefit of having essential amenities and recreational spots nearby. However, it's important to note that public transportation in our area is limited. Therefore, while walking is a viable option for most daily needs, planning for longer trips or specific errands might require the use of the company-provided vehicle.
Biking in the Area: Bikes are a great option for those who enjoy cycling, but please be aware that the infrastructure for bike travel in our area is somewhat limited. While there are large shoulders on roads, these may occasionally be obstructed by parked cars. Hence, biking can be enjoyable but might require caution and adaptability to the local road conditions.
In summary, while personal vehicles are not recommended due to parking constraints, She Summits Co ensures that staff members have access to necessary transportation for both work and leisure. This approach not only facilitates easy commuting but also encourages a more environmentally friendly and community-oriented lifestyle.
Maine, known for its breathtaking natural beauty, offers an endless playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Imagine your days off filled with hiking through lush, scenic trails, biking along serene paths, and perhaps even rafting on the exhilarating waters of Maine's rivers. The state's unique landscape offers rock climbing adventures that cater to both beginners and seasoned climbers. For those who love the night sky, Maine's clear skies are perfect for stargazing, providing a celestial spectacle like no other. But the fun in Maine isn't limited to just outdoor activities. The state is rich in cultural experiences and hosts numerous music festivals and cultural events throughout the year. You can immerse yourself in local art, savor the culinary delights of New England, and dance to the rhythm of local music. The communities in Maine are known for their warm hospitality and vibrant culture, making it a great place to make lasting connections and friendships.
Working with us at She Summits Co means being at the heart of this vibrant environment. Your time in Maine will be more than just a work experience; it will be a journey filled with discovery, adventure, and memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you're scaling a mountain, riding through picturesque landscapes, or enjoying the local culture, Maine offers an enriching backdrop to your work life, ensuring that every moment spent here is a moment of fun and fulfillment.
How to Apply
Click on the link below to submit an application. We review applications every Tuesday and will send out invitations to interview or an email letting you know that we won't be interviewing this year. Following interviews we typically let you know in two weeks if we are hiring you or not. We believe that everyone should get feedback and information regardless of hiring status. We look forward to hearing from you!