Conservation Corps

“One of the reasons I chose to volunteer at Mount St. Helens was my connection to the land. My great-grandparents had a cabin near Ariel, and I spent a lot of time there as a child. The first place I volunteered at was Ape Cave—a place I had visited a hundred times as a child. So it was meaningful to me to help improve it.”

- Katherine Bilyeu, MSHI Conservation Corps & Mountain Steward Volunteer

We love Mount St. Helens, and want to make sure that the mountain is accessible and healthy for those who visit the Mountain today, as well as 20 or 50 years from now. Conservation corps volunteers help us achieve this goal by volunteering for a variety of projects, some of which include: trail maintenance, invasive weed removal, building upkeep, habitat restoration, and more.

Upcoming Conservation Corps Events & Projects:

  • 4/22/17: Pine Creek Work Party

Join the Mount St. Helens Institute, the Forest Service, and other partner groups as we work together to get the Pine Creek Information Station ready for visitors in 2017.

If you would like to help with any of the events above, please contact the Volunteer Director for more information:

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years old, or be supervised by parent or guardian if between the ages of 8 and 17.

Time Commitment:
    This volunteer assignment is extremely flexible. Volunteers can join us for one Conservation Corps event, or help us out throughout the summer on a number of different events and projects. To help out on a more ongoing basis, please complete a volunteer application. To volunteer once for a specific event, please register in the upcoming events section.

Recruitment Information:

Due to the seasonal nature of most of our Conservation Corps opportunities, we recruit ongoing volunteers for this role beginning in February and ending in July.

Submit a Volunteer Application


Do you have further questions about being a Conservation Corps Volunteer? Please email Allison Watson, the Volunteer Programs Director for the Mount St. Helens Institute.