General Employment Information


You are provided three well-balanced meals a day. If you are at the Training Center or Camping Headquarters, you will eat in the staff dining halls. To-Go meals are available on an emergency basis. In the backcountry, staff share cooking and cleaning responsibilities. When on the trail you are provided trail food. Philmont does not have the facilities to prepare Kosher food or strict vegetarian diets, and alternative choices are limited. You should discuss special diets for medical or religious reasons with the Philmont Food Service Director prior to your arrival at Philmont.

If you plan to hike or backpack on Philmont property on your time off, you may draw food from the Food Wall at Outfitting Services; this service is for traveling in the backcountry with a completed Staff Backcountry Access Permit and are not intended as snack food or for supplementing dining hall meals. Trail food will not be provided for trips off Philmont property.


Housing varies depending on the job location and staff position. Most staff members are housed in 10′ x 12′ wall tents (two persons to a tent) on wooden platforms, with cots and electrical outlets. A limited number of roofed housing units are available for seasonal management staff. Staff members are responsible for providing their own linen, blankets, pillows, and towels.

You are expected to live in the place assigned. Please do not move Philmont furnishings into or out of your quarters without permission. All staff must live on Philmont unless approved by Philmont management.

Most staff members live in close proximity to other staff members and participants, thus sanitation and safety in your quarters affect those who live around you. In addition to maintaining a clean appearance of your quarters, you are also responsible for eliminating safety hazards such as open flames, overloaded electrical outlets, and food or trash that may attract rodents. There will be a $5 charge for lost keys.

Those living in tents may not move platforms, bed, foam pads, lockers, or electric cords from established locations. You are required to conform with the electrical code established for each tent. Multiple outlet plugs may not be used.


The Silver Sage Staff Activity Center (SSSAC) is the recreation center for Philmont staff. The SSSAC was made possible through donations from the Philmont Staff Association (PSA). The SSSAC has staff lounges, TV rooms, a computer lab, game room, pavilion, disc-golf course, bouldering wall, and Wi-Fi access provided for your use and enjoyment. Games and recreational equipment are available. All staff members are expected to keep the lounges clean and orderly.

A variety of activities are planned each summer by the Activities Staff. These may include: movies, visits to nearby attractions and events, disc golf, volleyball, basketball, Bratwurst cookouts, ice cream socials, softball, fitness courses, and open mic nights.

Philmont also maintains a second lounge at PTC as well as two fitness rooms (one at PTC and one at CHQ) and an aerobic room at CHQ.

Time Off

All staff have approximately 25% of their time off. We encourage our staff to enjoy the benefits of the Ranch’s program during their free time. Additionally, great recreation and entertainment can be found in nearby cities such as Taos, Santa Fe, and Trinidad.

A reasonable schedule of time off is provided for each staff member. Normally, it is six days on, two days off or nine days on, three days off. Time off will be arranged with your supervisor so it does not jeopardize the operation or program. Three days is the maximum number of days that may be taken at one time. Your last five days at Philmont must be working days. Staff members will not be permitted to use time off to leave early. All days off must be taken before August 14th. 

Pay Day

You will be paid semimonthly, on the 7th and 22nd of the month. Pay periods end on the 15th and the last day of the month. If a paycheck falls on a weekend or holiday, you will be paid on the next business day. 

All staff members are required to use Direct Deposit or a Paycard. Staff members are sent a Direct Deposit Authorization Form or a Paycard Form in their staff packet which should be completed and returned before arrival to avoid delays in getting paid. If you do not submit the proper documentation for Direct Deposit, you will be issued a Paycard. Employees are responsible for submitting the proper documentation for the Direct Deposit option. 

The International Bank in Cimarron provides full banking services, including an ATM. Checks not drawn on an account with the International Bank must have a Philmont endorsement secured from the Administration Office. 


The Philmont Infirmary is a New Mexico licensed medical infirmary that offers limited medical care, lab work, and transfers to specialty care. It provides care to Philmont participants and employees but is not open to the public. Philmont does not provide free medical exams. You are also responsible for the purchasing and securing of any maintenance drugs you may require.

Seasonal staff members who incur an illness or injury that prevents performance of regular job responsibilities and/or requires a prolonged recovery period will be released to recuperate at home at the discretion of Philmont management, in consultation with medical professionals. Upon completion of recovery and full release by a physician, employees may return to work if the position has not been filled, or may be reassigned to another staff position.


Accident and sickness insurance provided by Philmont takes care of costs for doctors and hospital expenses as listed in the Camper’s Accident and Sickness Insurance booklet. Death benefit insurance is included. The coverage has exemptions such as medical conditions existing prior to coming to Philmont. It is important that you and/or your parents understand the coverage and its limitations.

The state of New Mexico provides coverage for injuries received from accidents while on the job through workers’ compensation. You must report all injuries and illnesses within 24 hours to the Infirmary and the director of program or the Training Center director so that you may receive proper care and the benefits of this insurance.


Coin-operated washers and dryers are located at the Training Center and at Camping Headquarters.

Shuttle Services

Raton, New Mexico, is the nearest terminal for Amtrak. Philmont provides daily scheduled transportation to and from Raton ($10 one way). Denver, Colorado Springs, and Albuquerque are the nearest major airports from where you will need to make bus connections to Raton or Cimarron. Greyhound provides bus service to Raton. Shuttle service information from Denver and Colorado Springs, CO and Albuquerque, NM can be found below. Please note that these shuttles do not run daily and plan accordingly. 

Religious Services

Chaplains of the Catholic, Latter-day Saints, Jewish, and Protestant faiths reside at Camping Headquarters or the Training Center during the summer. The chaplains will be happy to visit or consult with you on request, in addition to conducting daily worship services. Quiet hours are observed nightly between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Camping Headquarters during worship services.