Work Crew Staff are assigned to a mobile crew of four to six operating in Philmont’s backcountry or on partner properties. 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.
● Be 18 years of age or older by the time of employment
● Be able to hike to remote worksites, carrying loads up to 80 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
● Be constantly alert to the welfare and safety of scouts, advisors, coworkers, and anyone else in the vicinity of your worksite. 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 proficient in the use of provided tree climbing equipment.
● Become proficient in the use of provided GPS units.
● 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.
● 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 Staff begin their employment with up to eight days of Conservation Department Training, followed by three to five days of Work Crew Training. Opportunities may arise throughout the summer for on-the-job training in chainsaw operation, tree climbing, 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
Work Crew Staff are generally in their first or second year working at Philmont or in the Conservation Department. They receive comprehensive job training upon arrival at Philmont. Work or volunteer experience in wildland conservation, trail construction, restoration, forestry, landscaping, or related fields is excellent 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 start gaining this experience early.