Philmont Food Service Jobs

Philmont Scout Ranch is seeking cooks to serve our 27,000 summer participants. If you would like to work at Philmont as a cook, or you have someone in mind who may, please download a staff application.

All positions work on a 5 days on/3 days off schedule managed by Dining Hall Director. Schedules may change based upon need. All positions include room and board (housing and 3 meals per day) in addition to the salary.

Other benefits include clothing/uniform allowance, staff discounts at company retail stores, staff activities, internet access, workout facility, complimentary equipment rental, backcountry access, and more.

Food Service Operations

We operate four dining halls supported by two kitchens. Dining hall operations are located in Base Camp, and backcountry meals are served through other operations.

Title  Salary Level
Kitchen Manager Category IV
Kitchen Asst. Manager  Category III
Level 2
Lead Cook Category III
Level 1
Prep Cook Category II
Level 3
Swing Cook Category II
Level 3
Baker  Category III
Level 3
Salad Prep  Category I
Level 3
Utility Staff Category I
Level 1

Call: 575-376-2281

Kitchen Managers/Asst. Managers

Each kitchen has a manager and assistant managers responsible to the Dining Hall Director who are responsible for the kitchen staff management, menu management, food supply inventory ensuring optimal use and customer service experience. Must be 21+ age.

Lead Cooks and Prep Cooks

Manage food service operations within all health and safety rules, record food supply use, handle special food requests (diet, allergies, birthday cakes, etc.); Lead Cooks also provide staff leadership.

Swing Cooks

Responsible for grillworks, specialty bars (including deli bar), pack out meals, and specialty events.


Responsible to Dining Hall Kitchen Manager for preparation of bakery goods, fruit and salad bar. Responsible for baking rolls, breads, sweet rolls, and the preparation of desserts; when not needed for baking, help in other areas of food preparation.

Salad Prep/Utility Staff

Responsible for preparing food items under the direction of the Kitchen Management as well as serving and cleaning of kitchen and dining hall facilities.