Site Hosts

Recreation Site Hosts play a big part in supporting not just the visitors who travel to Mount St. Helens each year, but also to Forest Service operations staff, who help keep facilities clean and available to everyone. The Forest Service does not run overnight campgrounds on the mountain, so we rely on site hosts to fulfill this role a bit differently than a traditional campground host. Recreation site hosts help by assisting operation staff, taking care of the grounds around visitor areas, and talking with guests at information centers. This volunteer assignment gives individuals a stipend of $15 per day in return for their time spent on the mountain as a host.

Currently, we’re looking for Recreation Site Hosts for the following areas on Mount St. Helens:

Pine Creek Information Station, Hwy 90, Cougar, WA 98616

Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent customer service skills & a willingness to be flexible, and help out where needed.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Have access to reliable transportation and either RV or trailer living quarters.
  • Poses current motor home and car insurance that meets Washington state minimums for liability coverage.
  • Willingness to work independently, in remote areas.

Time Commitment:
    Site hosts must be able to make a minimum of a 2 month commitment between May and September.

Recruitment Information:

    For each site, we try to cover the entire summer season with one, or a combination of multiple site hosts. We begin recruiting and interviewing candidates in the fall and continue until we have filled all availabilities.

Recruitment begins September and ends once all available sites are filled.


Do you have further questions about being a Site Host? Please email Allison Watson, the Volunteer Programs Manager for the Mount St. Helens Institute.