“One of the most satisfying aspects of volunteering as a Climbing Steward is helping people achieve their goal of climbing to the rim of the volcano and taking in the awesome sights. It is like watching a child come into the living room on Christmas morning and take in the sight of the presents under the tree!”
- Frank Barsotti, Mountain Steward
Our Mountain Steward volunteers have a passion for hiking, climbing, and sharing the outdoors with others. They can be found on trails on the north and south side of the mountain, educating visitors about hiking safety and the natural history of the mountain. In addition to roving key trails on Mount St. Helens, mountain stewards also assist with our guided climb programs and field seminars.
There are two volunteer assignments within the Mountain Steward program: Climbing Stewards and Recreation Stewards. Climbing Stewards volunteer primarily on the winter or summer climbing routes, while Recreation Stewards rove some of the most popular trails on the Monument: Lava Canyon & the Boundary Trail. Both opportunities require a passion for exploring the outdoors and both allow volunteers to spend time in some of the most beautiful and spectacular places on Mount St. Helens.
Learn more about both volunteer roles and the requirements for each position by reviewing the assignment description.
Do you have further questions about being a Mountain Steward? Please email Allison Watson, the Volunteer Programs Director for the Mount St. Helens Institute.