Philmont Scout Ranch Conservation Training Opportunities

The Conservation Department at Philmont Scout Ranch has many opportunities for youth and adults to learn about conservation project planning and implementation. All programs are led by well-trained, interesting instructors with the skills and education to give you the experience you need. With options for youth as young as 14 through adults of any age on our staff, there really is something for everyone.  Space is available in all programs for 2016, and generous scholarships are available.

Roving Outdoor Conservation School

All of Philmont is your laboratory during this 21-day adventure. The Roving Outdoor Conservation School (ROCS) gives students an in-depth look at modern land management practices and the natural sciences behind them. ROCS is packed with hands-on activities, conservation projects, field research experience, and, of course, Philmont’s other world-class programs. A unique component of this program is the chance to meet and work with natural resource professionals from Philmont’s public and private land partners. Your mind and body will be put to the test as you explore 250,000 acres of New Mexico’s high country.

Trail Crew Trek

Master the art and science of trail construction during this 14-day, project-driven experience. Learn the ins and outs of conservation project management, and return home with the skills and knowledge to confidently take on the challenges in your local parks and communities. First, your co-ed crew will tackle a weeklong trail construction project on the Chase Ranch. Then, you will have the opportunity work on other conservation projects and participate in some classic Philmont programs as you spend a week exploring the ranch.

Order of the Arrow Trail Crew

Join a crew of Arrowmen in cheerful service on this 14-day adventure. Your trip starts with a week of trail construction on the flanks of Mt. Phillips and culminates with a trek through Philmont’s backcountry.  You and your brothers will decide where to go, and two OATC foremen will guide you on this life-changing journey. Prepare to be challenged mentally, physically, and spiritually.


Get an up-close and personal look at the science, technology, engineering, and math behind Philmont’s most popular programs. Specially chosen rangers, program counselors, and conservation staff will be your guides throughout this 12-day, co-ed trek. Explore the modern and historical technology used across the ranch while gaining on insider’s perspective on how everything really works.

Conservation Seasonal Staff

The best way to gain professional experience in conservation work, project management, crew leadership, or experiential education is to join our seasonal staff.  If you are over 18 years old, this is an awesome opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry. Working in the Conservation Department can give you the trail construction, forestry, wildland restoration, GIS, invasive species, education, or recreation management skills you need to succeed in a natural resources career. You can use your time here to meet your educational goals through an internship, directed study, or undergraduate research experience. With over 20 different jobs, there is sure to be one you are stoked about.
Philmont jobs:


John Celley
Recreation Resource Manager/GIS Specialist
Philmont Scout Ranch–Conservation Department
575-376-2281, ext. 1249