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:

We’ve wrapped up Conservation Corps service for 2016. Check back with us in Spring of 2017.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to hike at least 2 miles, carrying pack and equipment
  • At least 18 years old, or be supervised by parent or guardian if between the ages of 10 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.