Seasonal Staff Opportunities

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 140,171-acre facility provide assorted programs ranging from rock climbing to horseback riding to mine tours and living history. Since 1939, 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 operate and support outdoor skills training, backcountry programs, living history programs, a national training center, food service, maintenance, retail operations, guest services, museums, ranching and horse programs, and administration. 

Length of employment varies with job assignment, but the majority of summer contracts run from MAY 25th to AUGUST 22nd. Hiring for the summer season occurs from September to April. There is no application deadline. 

Salary is based on positions responsibility with consideration given to the individual’s experience. Starting base salary is more than $1,150 per month plus room and board. Basic staff uniform parts are provided at no cost.

The hiring process usually lasts from January through April. If you haven’t heard from us by March you may call and request an update on the status of your application.

General Employment Information

As a member of Philmont staff you are expected to conduct yourself in a way that exemplifies the BSA ideals and objectives. You can also expect to be supported and provided a safe and healthy work and living environment. CLICK HERE for general employment information.


Everything begins with a quality staff. The following are some basic requirements to keep in mind when submitting an application. CLICK HERE for more detailed requirements for candidates and staff members.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age by the start of employment. Some positions require a minimum age of 21 years.
  • The following components are required for your application to be considered complete: a Seasonal Staff Application, a resumé, and at least one (1) letter of recommendation or Philmont Reference Form completed by a member of your local council’s professional staff, a teacher/professor, religious leader, employer, or other individual who can provide reference of your character, integrity, and work ethic. 
  • Many positions require that staff meet the height-to-weight ratio requirements as indicated in Part C of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.

Positions & Descriptions

Philmont offers over 130 unique paid positions during each summer season. CLICK HERE to explore all of the available positions and descriptions of requirements, expectations, and qualifications. 


Philmont has an extensive history of supporting internships. All internships are paid as a regular seasonal staff position and must be agreed upon between the candidate and their academic advisor/institution. CLICK HERE to learn more about specific internship opportunities and requirements. 

You're Hired! Now What?

Get ready for your first, fifth, or fortieth summer season at Philmont! CLICK HERE for information on your staff packet, arrival and departure plans, personal equipment, and other resources to prepare you for employment. 

Philmont Staff Association

The Philmont Staff Association is an independent organization, separate from the Boy Scouts of America, that supports current and former staff at Philmont Scout Ranch.