Philmont Scout Ranch Ranger Department Positions

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Associate Chief Ranger*
Chief Ranger*
Ranger Scheduling Coordinator*
Ranger Trainer*
Rayado Trek Coordinator*
Service Academy Coordinator*
Service Academy Ranger*

Position: Ranger

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:
The Ranger is responsible for cheerfully and willingly serving as a member of the Ranger Department, the objective of which is to serve the campers and advisors who come to Philmont. Their primary duty is to educate participants in Philmont backpacking practices and outdoor ethics.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
• Ability to effectively communicate Philmont camping procedures to crews.
• Actively participate in all training requirements and pass the Ranger Basic Test after a five-day backcountry
training trek.
• Be an advocate and expert of the Ranger Field Book and Philmont camping method.
• Be an enthusiastic, friendly, and effective educator of outdoor skills and wilderness ethics.
• Be a frontline representative of Philmont and give crews the information and training required to have a
successful trek in the backcountry.
• Be an attentive resource for a crew during an assignment with them, both in Base Camp and in the
backcountry, and prepare them to have a successful experience over the duration of their trek.
• Assist other departments across the Ranch to ensure its mission and the efficient operation of program is
• When assigned a crew, greet them, and prepare them for their trek. Guide them through Base Camp with
stops at places such as Registration, Medical Recheck, Logistics, Outfitting Services, Dining Hall meals, chapel
services, and opening campfire. Conduct a shakedown of all personal and crew equipment to ensure the
crew’s readiness to hit the trail.
• On the second day with a crew, depart for the backcountry and educate the crew on topics such as
navigation, hiking etiquette, campsite setup, bear, and wildlife procedures, first aid, cooking skills, and
Philmont history.
• On the third day with a crew, observe and evaluate the group’s knowledge of material instructed to them the
previous day. Re-train the crew and go into more detail if they do not display a satisfactory understanding of
Philmont’s backcountry protocol.
• Throughout an assignment with a crew, develop leadership skills in all youth and adults and give guidance to
the Crew Leader, Chaplain’s Aide, Wilderness Pledge Guia, and Advisors in the duties of their respective roles.
• Towards the end of an assignment with a crew, pass on information about wilderness stewardship and
outdoor ethics using the Philmont Wilderness Pledge as well as personal stories and insight.
• Complete required paperwork and documentation in a timely fashion.
• Assist with other Ranch functions through workday assignments and special projects when asked or assigned.
• If called upon, serve as a replacement advisor for a crew, ranging from 1-12 days in length.
• Under direction from the Chief Ranger, an Associate Chief Ranger, or a Program Coordinator, be willing to
serve as a team member on a Search and Rescue operation.
• Complete other duties as assigned by direct supervisor or ranch management as required

Desired Qualifications & Experience:
• Must be 18 years of age by the time of employment
• Ability to prioritize tasks and ask for help when needed
• Ability to function well in a high-pace and at times stressful environment
• Ability to effectively communicate Philmont camping procedures to crews.
• Be an advocate and expert of the Ranger Field book and Philmont camping method

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
• Ability to hike up to 15 miles a day over rugged, mountainous terrain while carrying a 45-pound backpack.
• Be able to lift and handle materials up to 70 pounds throughout the scheduled workday
• 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

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