“I love learning new things about the mountain and sharing with visitors about how Mount St. Helens changes sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly.”
- Volcano Volunteer Jim Hill
The Mount St. Helens Institute’s Volcano Volunteers are some of the National Volcanic Monument’s greatest resources. We’re proud of and grateful for our volunteers who, since 2005, have logged thousands of hours with visitors from around the world. Our Volcano Volunteers greatly enhance visitors’ experiences at the volcano as they share this unique environment with them by recommending hikes & viewpoints, explaining the natural history of the mountain, discussing the best places to view wildlife, and more.
If you’d like to join this wonderful group of outdoors-oriented folks, consider becoming a Volcano Volunteer. You’ll be rewarded with new knowledge, stronger communication skills, and a chance to spend more time in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most interesting environments: a volcano!
Visitor Center Locations Currently in Need of Volcano Volunteers:
Johnston Ridge Observatory
Cascade Peaks Visitor Portal
Pine Creek Information Station
Although some Volcano Volunteer sites are open year round, for most sites, we ask that Volcano Volunteers commit to a minimum of 2 shifts each month between June and September.
The time period where we begin to recruit Volcano Volunteers is dependent upon the visitor center sites on the mountain. Please see below to learn when recruitment for volunteers begins and ends for each of the following sites:
Do you have further questions about being a Volcano Volunteer? Please email Allison Watson, the Volunteer Programs Director for the Mount St. Helens Institute.