“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.
Additional Required Qualifications – Recreation Steward
Additional Required Qualifications - Climbing Steward
Although the Mount St Helens climbing and hiking season is year-round, we ask that Mountain Stewards commit to a minimum of 2 volunteer shifts each month between June—September.
Mountain Stewards must attend a pre-season training as part of their volunteer commitment. Because of this required training, we recruit both Climbing and Recreation Stewards only at the beginning of the summer season.
Do you have further questions about being a Mountain Steward? Please email Allison Watson, the Volunteer Programs Director for the Mount St. Helens Institute.