The Forestry Crew Foremen each manage a Forestry crew of three to five staff members. The crew implements forest thinning and fuel reduction projects in pursuit of Philmont’s forestry program objectives. Their operations are intended to restore the structure and species composition of Philmont’s forests and create defensible space around the ranch’s infrastructure investments. The crew is generally deployed to the same location for several work runs in a row. The crews primarily operate chainsaws and brush cutters. They prepare brush piles for off-season burning and harvest logs for internal use as lumber and firewood. Depending on the weather and season, the Crews may also have the opportunity to assist in brush pile burning.
• Be 18 years of age or older by the time of employment
• Be able to obtain a Philmont driver’s permit
• Be able to hike to remote worksites, carrying loads up to 60 pounds
• Be prepared for strenuous workdays that include hiking and working on rough terrain, in all weather conditions, for up to 12 hours.
• Be prepared to spend up to nine consecutive nights per work hitch in undeveloped backcountry campsites.
• Meet the BSA height/weight requirements for high-adventure activities
• Provide a completed Annual Health and Medical Record upon arrival at Philmont
• Exemplify the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures described in the Philmont Staff Guidebook and presented during staff training.
• Maintain a clean and approachable look, adhering to the standards for personal appearance described in the Philmont Staff Guidebook
• Maintain a friendly, helpful, and respectful attitude while providing extraordinary customer service to Philmont’s participants, visitors, and employees.
• Become familiar with all the materials supplied prior to the camping season.
• Become familiar with all pertinent Philmont policies and procedures.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
● Establish yourself as a leader within the Forestry Program, the Conservation Department, and Philmont Scout Ranch by setting an appropriate example for other staff and participants.
● Complete midsummer and end-of-season evaluations for your staff.
● 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.
● Be an active participant during Conservation Training. Remain engaged, ask questions, and volunteer to help as needed.
● Be a good team member, sharing the site management responsibilities with your coworkers.
● Become an expert in the safe and proper use of provided hand and power tools. Properly maintain your crew’s tools and equipment to the standards of the Philmont Conservation Department.
● Under the guidance of the Forester, establish a set of performance goals for the season.
● Provide detailed pre- and post-run reports of your crew’s plans and accomplishments.
● Maintain clean and organized campsites while deployed in the backcountry, following the procedures in the Philmont Ranger Field Book.
● Know and use appropriate safety measures, including the use of personal protective equipment and safe working practices.
● Enthusiastically carry out the mission of Philmont Scout Ranch by completing other duties as assigned by any member of the Conservation Leadership Team or other Philmont Managers.
Work Crew Foremen complete a five-day specialized training in the policies and practices of the Philmont Conservation Department, including crew leadership, project prioritization and management, and advanced saw skills. They also complete up to eight days of Conservation Department Training, followed by three days of Forestry Crew Training. Opportunities may arise throughout the summer for on-the-job training in chainsaw operation, rigging, retaining wall construction, or other advanced skills.
Philmont Scout Ranch: http://philmontscoutranch.org/philmont.aspx
Seasonal Employment Opportunities: http://www.philmontscoutranch.org/Jobs.aspx
Individual Treks: http://www.philmontscoutranch.org/Camping/IndividualPrograms.aspx
Forestry Crew Foremen are expected to have a solid foundation of conservation work skills and some leadership experience. Forestry Crew foremen are also expected to have a working knowledge of forestry principles and measurements, experience operating power tools and equipment. Typically, this level of experience is gained through 1-3 seasons of work in the Philmont Conservation Department or with a similar organization. Forestry Crew Foremen need strong organization and communication skills to effectively perform their duties. Participating in one of the Philmont Conservation Department’s individual treks (ROCS, OATC, TCT, STEM) is an excellent way for youth to start gaining this experience early.