Working at Philmont

Inspiration Point - photo by Mitchell Guida

Each summer, more than 23,000 scouts travel from all corners of the US and abroad to participate in the rich backcountry program and trekking opportunities available at Philmont Scout Ranch. 35 staffed backcountry camps scattered throughout the 137,493-acre facility provide assorted programs ranging from rock climbing to horseback riding to mine tours and living history. Over the past 75 years, Philmont programs have attracted more than 1 million participants. The Philmont property also serves as the national training center for the Boy Scouts of America.

Philmont hires more than 1,100 summer staff to support backcountry programs, food service, retail operations, the Philmont Training Center, maintenance, conservation, ranching, medical services and administrative positions. The majority of contracts coincide with the summer season, from late May through mid-August. Base salaries begin at over $1,100/mo and room/board is included with all contracts.

Job Descriptions

A wide variety of paid positions are available each season. Identify positions that suit your experience and interests.


At Philmont Scout Ranch, everything begins with a quality staff. Here are the key criteria you must meet in order to be eligible.

How to Apply

Here is a list of the key requirements and procedures for applying to Philmont Scout Ranch, including an application form.

Information for New Hires

Those who are selected to serve as members of Scouting's premier High Adventure Base and volunteer-training conference center will serve thousands of Scouts, leaders and family members. The information in this section will answer many of your questions and help you prepare for the upcoming season.

Philmont Staff Association

The Philmont Staff Association (an independent organization, separate from the Boy Scouts of America) continues to support the Philmont Scout Ranch.


Contact Philmont's Seasonal Personnel Department:
(575) 376-2281


About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.