Staff member teaches scouts.

At Philmont, everything begins with a quality staff. Great care is used in the selection and training of our staff. Staff attitude, example, and performance set the pace for all those who attend. In order to be eligible for a seasonal position at Philmont, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America or agree to become registered before employment begins, and subscribe to the Scout Oath or Promise, the Scout Law, and the Declaration of Religious Principles.
  • The minimum age requirement for seasonal staff is 18. Some positions require a minimum age of 21.
  • Staff is required to work for the duration of the season as specified in their employment contract. The majority of contracts will run from late May to late August. Exact dates for off-season contracts vary.
  • Every applicant who is offered a job will be required to complete an Employment Eligibility verification (I-9) form and show evidence of successfully completing a physical evaluation during the previous 12 months using the form provided by Philmont.
  • If you are hired for a position that requires driving, you will be required to supply a current driving record from your state of license. Three moving violations or one DWI/DUI within the past three years will disqualify you from a driving position.
  • Each participant must successfully complete the designated staff training and fulfill the job requirements specified by Philmont through supervisors.
  • While employed by Philmont, staff must fully cooperate with the policies, program, and management of Philmont. This includes high standards for physical grooming and moral conduct, regardless of job assignment.

Many positions require staff to meet height/weight requirements as indicated on the staff application form.

Philmont Height/Weight Requirements Table

5' 0" 97-138 166
5' 1" 101-143 172
5' 2" 104-148 178
5' 3" 107-152 183
5' 4" 111-157 189
5' 5" 114-162 195
5' 6" 118-167 201
5' 7" 121-172 207
5' 8" 125-178 214
5' 9" 129-185 220
5' 10" 132-188 226
5' 11" 136-194 233
6' 0" 140-199 239
6' 1" 144-205 246
6' 2" 148-210 252
6' 3" 152-216 260
6' 4" 156-222 267
6' 5" 160-228 274
6' 6" 164-234 281
6' 7" 170-240 295

This table is based on the revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.


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.