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.

Learn more about this volunteer role and the requirements for this position by reviewing the assignment description.


Upcoming Conservation Corps Events & Projects:

  • June 30th & July 1st: Trail Work Party on Elk Bench Trail, at the Science and Learning Center with the Washington Trails Association

The Elk Bench Trail drops from the Coldwater Science and Learning Center down to Coldwater Lake, with great views of Mt St Helens. In the summer, it's heavily used by the Mt St Helens Institute for youth programs--we will be helping make sure it's a good experience for tons of young people! Come spend the weekend at Mt St Helens! We'll stay at the Coldwater bunkhouse, work hard on the Elk Bench trail on Saturday and Sunday, with an optional potluck and free bluegrass concert at Johnston Ridge Observatory on Saturday evening. Register to volunteer for this trail work party online here.

  • July 11th - 15th: Trail Work Party on Independence Ridge with the Washington Trails Association

A backcountry-feeling trip with car camping comforts! This "Day" workparty is actually a multiday adventure. Join WTA and Mount St. Helens Institute for five days of trail work to reclaim a trail across two large washouts. We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!  No experience is necessary. Register to volunteer online here.

  • Additional Trail Work Projects on Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Through a partnership with the Washington Trails Association the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and the Mount St. Helens Institute a variety of trail work opportunities are available to people of all skill levels and availability. View and sign-up to volunteer at an upcoming trail work party online here.


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.