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:

No additional trail work parties have been scheduled for 2017. Complete a volunteer application and we'll contact you when we begin our 2018 trail work events.


Interested in trail work and supporting efforts in the Columbia Gorge? Our friends the Pacific Crest Trail Association are offering additional trail volunteer training this fall to get volunteers prepared and ready for work in the Gorge in the spring and summer of 2018. Learn more about upcoming volunteer training classes offered by PCTA online here.



Required Qualifications:

  • Ages 10 and older; under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be signed for anyone under 18

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 October.

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.