Philmont IT Position Open

Applications and resumes are being accepted.

Fill Date: No later than June 1, 2007

Title: Technical Network Manager

Position Summary: Provide Philmont and all departments with technical information and support for all pc’s and network. Maintain and expand Base Camp Local Area Network with direct links to the internet. Coordinate GIS functions including: employee supervision, map production, and analysis. Standardize all hardware and software used to support Philmont operations.

Education Requirements: Degree or Equivalent in Computer Science/Technology

Salary Range: $46,500-$51,000, depending on experience.

Benefits: Basic Life insurance, Medical, and Dental. No housing provided.

Contact: John Clark for more information

Betty Brown Retires

betty brown searches filesBetty has been threatening to retire since at least 1987 when I first slogged my duffle bag and trunk off the bus and into the office to meet her. 20 years later after 42 years with the Ranch she finally makes good.

Future staff for the 2007 season have until January 1st to get their applications in to be among the final people to be processed by Betty Brown.

From the December High Country: The accomplishment Betty is most proud of is the success past staffers have had in their lives: “It’s amazing to see what they’ve done; many are doctors, lawyers, top executives and so on.”

Former staff interested in helping the remaining Betty Pacheco compile a scrap book should check out the PTC Staff site for details on how to contribute.

Apply for 2007 Philmont Staff

This following is excerpted from the final 2006 PhilNews and posted with permission

The following are suggestions about how to improve your chances of returning to Philmont in the position that you want.

Apply early Each year, we try to fill positions earlier than the year before. Manager and Assistant Manager positions generally get hired first. So if you want to be seriously considered for a management position, apply early! For the summer of 2006, for example, our staff began reviewing applications and offering management contracts as early as October, 2005. Staff members who wish to return for the 2007 season may turn in a completed application when they leave Philmont at the end of the summer.

Complete the application form You’ll need to submit a complete new application each year. Print clearly or type. Be sure to include the dates you will be available. If you don’t know the precise dates, give us your best guess. Applications that are missing dates of availability tend to get moved to the bottom of the pile and precious time is lost as our staff attempts to contact you for the correct dates. Again, many times it is just easier for them to move on to the next applicant.

Update your information Don’t just copy the form you submitted the previous year; be sure to add experiences, certifications, etc. that you’ve received since your previous application. Attach supporting material: resume, letter of interest, etc. Since Philmont rarely has the opportunity to conduct face-to-face interviews, we tend to rely solely on the information contained in the application/employment folder for hiring decisions. This makes the application and the support material you provide us considerably more important than it is for most other jobs for which you may apply.

Be flexible If you want to be considered for a Ranger job, for example, list that as your first choice. Nothing is gained by listing “Ranger” for your second and third choice as well. In fact, it can work against you as it implies that is the only position you would consider. Our entire management team puts a high value on staff members being flexible and willing & able to adapt to changing needs. Listing only one choice makes you look inflexible.

Additionally, “casting a wide net” can also be very helpful to you Consider listing jobs in other departments as your second and third choices. Circling or highlighting other jobs of interest to you on the inside cover of the application is also a very helpful thing to do: it essentially tells Philmont what your fourth, fifth, sixth, etc. choice would be…and, again, shows your willingness to be flexible.

Phil-myths “No one gets a Ranger position their first summer here.” There is a lot of information floating around about our hiring practices. Unfortunately, a lot of it is comprised of generalizations, or just plain not true. Yes, a large number of staff who have backcountry, ranger, or conservation staff positions have previously worked in base camp positions. But there are also a pretty fair number of “first-year” folks in those positions. Philmont considers each application individually and, based on the information provided, tries to fit people into jobs in which they will be successful. Extensive experience in Scouting, high adventure activities, education, work experience; all of these things are taken into our consideration.

Evaluations Your mid-season and final evaluations are extremely important. Good evaluations are a tremendous boost to your chances of being re-hired and/or promoted next summer. If you disagree with your manager’s assessment of your performance, there are still some things you can do to help yourself. First, a non-confrontational, respectful attitude on your part will go a long way toward furthering your cause. Philmont understands that differences in personality and mismatched skills and abilities can sometimes lead to a less than desirable evaluation. There is a space on the evaluation form for you to state your case. You may wish to attach a note with further information. Take some time to think about your response. You may also take your case to your manager’s supervisor.

It’s also important to understand that a recommendation for a particular job or promotion by your manager is not a guarantee. Other managers, or even your manager, may be recommending other people for that particular position as well.

Information contained here-in shall not be construed to guarantee employment or a specific position at Philmont and is subject to change without notice. John Van Dreese, Associate Director of Program, manages the recruiting and hiring of seasonal personnel and much of the base camp operations.

Applications: PhilBreak | OA Trail Crew | Ranch Hands | Rayado | Roving Outdoor Conservation School | Staff | Trail Crew TrekTrail Crew Trek

12/4 Update: All applications available!

2006 Rayado Second Session

I received the following email today from one of the Rayado Trek Coordinators. I think the content says it all.

Please help or pass along if you can.

Howdy all!

I am one of the Rayado Coor. for this summer at Philmont. I’ve been here a week so far and its already so busy but I love it! Anyway, this email is mostly about contacting you for potential participants for the Rayado Program. Our numbers are pretty low this year (as they are for all special programs at the ranch right now) and we are trying to tap all of our resources for anyone who might be interested in coming out this summer. As always, the girl participants are the lowest number so getting more ladies would definitely create a better situation for all the women rangers looking forward to the summer.

So, just to remind you and to pass on:

second session starts July 17th and ends Aug 6th.

ages 14-21, male or female

$595 for total fees

previous backpacking/camping experience required

all participants will be separated into crews of 6-8 people

and finally, Rayado is exactly:

* A physically, mentally and spiritually challenging 21 day experience.
* To provide participants with an extraordinary wilderness experience involving a diverse crew and a dynamic setting.
* To provide each participant with the skills needed to be looked upon as an accomplished backpacker and effective leader.
* To engage participants and rangers in a meaningful, educational and fun outdoor experience.

Please get in touch with me with ANY questions or if any potential participants have questions, I will be more than happy to talk to them. This email is the best way to contact me because I don’t have cell phone service, but if you need to call, you can call 505-376-2281 ext 228 and someone in the Ranger Office should relay the message. Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon,

For all of you not visiting or staffing this year, I will say hello to the mountains for you!

~Sarah Burgess