Philmont Scout Ranch Conservation Department Positions

Conservation has multiple positions please go to for full list and descriptions:

Associate Director of Conservation: Camper Conservation*
Associate Director of Conservation: Environmental Education*
Associate Director of Conservation: Forestry*
Associate Director of Conservation: OATC*
Associate Director of Conservation: Work Crew*
Coordinator: Camper Conservation – Forestry*
Coordinator: Camper Conservation – Trail*
Coordinator: Environmental Education*
Coordinator: GIS*
Coordinator: OATC*
Coordinator: Stream Restoration*
Coordinator: Sustainability*
Coordinator: Work Crew*
Director of Conservation Program*
Environmental Educator*
Field Coordinator*
Forestry Technician*
Foreman: Camper Conservation – Forestry*
Foreman: Camper Conservation – Trail*
Foreman: Forestry Equipment Crew*
Foreman: Natural Resource*
Foreman: OATC*
Foreman: Stream Restoration*
Foreman: Trail Crew*
Foreman: Work Crew*
Foreman: Workshop
Staff: Assistant Forestry Technician*
Staff: Camper Conservation – Forestry*
Staff: Camper Conservation – Stream Restoration*
Staff: Camper Conservation – Trail*
Staff: Forestry Equipment Crew*
Staff: GIS
Staff: Natural Resource*
Staff: Stream Restoration*
Staff: Sustainability
Staff: Work Crew*
Training & Equipment Manager*

Work Crew Staff:

Philmont Standards:
• Must be at least 18 years of age by start of employment (21+ requirement, if applicable, will be noted below)
• Must become a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America at the start of employment and subscribe to
the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Declaration of Religious Principles
• Must provide a complete and current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record to the Infirmary upon arrival
including review of risk advisory and immunization requirements
• Must maintain a clean, well-groomed appearance and be willing to purchase required uniform parts to meet
Philmont’s uniform policy
• Must participate in designated staff training
• Must adhere to the policies and programs set forth by Philmont Scout Ranch management
Position Overview
Work Crew Staff are assigned to a mobile crew of 4-6 operating in Philmont’s backcountry or on partner properties.
One crew is assigned to each of Philmont’s regions (North, Central, South), and two crews are deployed as needed throughout Philmont’s area of operations. Each crew is led by a Work Crew Foreman. Work crews typically perform trail and camp maintenance, invasive species management, forest management, and a variety of other projects.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
• Be an active participant during Conservation Training. Remain engaged, ask questions, and volunteer to help
as needed.
• Be constantly alert to the welfare and safety of scouts, advisors, coworkers, and anyone else in the vicinity of
your work site. Demonstrate good situational awareness.
• Become an expert in safe and proper use of provided hand and power tools.
• Become proficient in the use of provided tree climbing equipment.
• Become proficient in the use of provided GPS units.
• Properly maintain your crew’s tools and equipment to the standards of the Philmont Conservation
• Maintain clean and organized campsites while deployed in the backcountry, following the procedures in the
Philmont Ranger Field Book.
• Know and teach the appropriate safety measures to your crew, including the use of personal protective
equipment and safe working practices.
• Be a good team member, sharing the site management responsibilities with your coworkers.
• Complete other duties as assigned by direct supervisor or ranch management as required

Desired Qualifications & Experience:
• Work experience or education in forestry, fire management, or other natural resource fields are good
preparation for the position
• Participating in one of the Philmont Conservation Department’s individual treks (ROCS, OATC, TCT, STEM) is an excellent way for youth to gain this experience but is not required
• Staff will receive comprehensive job training upon arrival at Philmont

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
• Be able to hike to remote worksites carrying loads up to 80 pounds
• Be prepared to spend up to 9 consecutive nights per work hitch in undeveloped backcountry campsites
• Up to 90% of the workday could be spent standing, walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, or crouching
• Be capable and willing to work in all types of weather conditions at various locations
• Be prepared for strenuous workdays that include hiking and working on rough terrain, in all weather
conditions, for 9-12 hours

Additional Information:
Training Opportunities: Work Crew Staff begin their employment with eight days of Conservation Department
Training, followed by three days of Work Crew Training. Opportunities may arise throughout the summer for on-thejob training in chainsaw operation, tree climbing, rigging, retaining wall construction, or other advanced skills.


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