Autumn Trail & Camp Survey Staff: Cimarron, NM

Philmont Scout Ranch
Cimarron, NM
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$1475/mo, Room and Board Included
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
POSITION CONCEPT The Survey Staff report to the Field Manager and are members of the Field Management Team and backcountry project support system. The team collaborates with the Director of Conservation, and the leadership of the other Conservation Department Programs to provide field project development and oversight, training opportunities, as well as logistical and technical support for the Conservation Department. The Survey team is primarily responsible for designing and expanding upon projects for the Conservation Department. This includes trail and campsite design, as well as helping to mark thinning projects. PHILMONT REQUIREMENTS ● Be 21 years of age or older by the time of employment ● 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 Conservation Department and Philmont Scout Ranch by setting an appropriate example for other staff and participants. ● 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 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. ● Know and use appropriate safety measures, including the use of personal protective equipment and safe working practices. ● In conjunction with the Field Manager, Director of Conservation, and Associate Directors of Conservation, develop and oversee completion of backcountry trail and campsite projects. ● Assist in the facilitation of the training of all Conservation Department employees, ensuring that they are prepared to perform their jobs as expected by Philmont’s permanent and seasonal managers. This includes job skills training and training in the policies, procedures, and practices described in the Philmont Staff Guidebook. ● Under the direction of the Field Manager, and in conjunction with the Associate Directors, provide continued, on-the-job training for Conservation employees. Empower all conservation employees to solve problems through critical thought and responsible action, within the constraints of their position, skills, and equipment. ● Visit and inspect conservation worksites and program areas, verifying that the quality and quantity of work meets the accepted department standards and adheres to design specifications. Provide feedback to staff and managers regarding each visit. ● Deliver logistical and technical support to the Conservation Department as needed. ● Provide support for Conservation Department programs as a guest speaker or lesson instructor when needed. ● Build relationships with other department managers. Communicate with them regularly to identify opportunities for collaboration and resolve any issues in a timely manner. ● Work with Philmont’s program management team to plan and prioritize Conservation Department projects for future years. ● 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. TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES In most cases, the Field Management Team and Director of Conservation provide training opportunities for other staff within the department. However, there are occasions to learn new skills and improve on old ones, and the Field Coordinators should proactively pursue those opportunities. The Field Manager has access to all of the department’s specialized equipment as well as the program managers that train others to use it. There are also ample chances to develop better personnel and project management skills. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Philmont Scout Ranch: Seasonal Employment Opportunities: Individual Treks: Conservation:
DESIRED EXPERIENCE Survey Staff should have at least three seasons of experience working in the Conservation Department, with at least one of those at a foreman level or above. Staff should have demonstrated strong leadership, organizational, planning, and fieldwork skills. Experience designing and surveying multi-use trails in complex terrain is preferred. A key component of the position is maintaining work relationships with other seasonal and permanent departments on the ranch. Staff need an intimate understanding of Philmont operations and culture to succeed. Work and education experience in conservation, leadership, and/or management outside of Philmont is valuable. Past Coordinators are a diverse group with varying education and experience levels.
Contact Person
Lee Hughes Director of Conservation
Contact Phone
(575) 376-2281
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