Work With Us

As we continue to thrive and expand our impact, the Mount St. Helens Institute is on the lookout for enthusiastic individuals to join our growing team. If you're fueled by a passion for Mount St. Helens and are eager to contribute to our mission, we welcome you to explore exciting career opportunities with us. Join a dynamic team dedicated to fostering a deeper connection between people and the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Mount St. Helens. Together, let's make a positive impact and create memorable experiences for all who share our love for this iconic landscape. Discover your potential and grow with us at the Mount St. Helens Institute!


At Mount St. Helens Institute, we value our employees as a vital source of innovative ideas to enhance operations and cultivate an engaging workplace. We are committed to fostering a positive, supportive, and discrimination-free environment. All candidates for this position will be evaluated without consideration of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, or physical ability. Join us in a workplace that celebrates diversity and promotes a culture of empowerment. We are an equal opportunity employer and provider. For more information on our commitment, please review our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement. 

Words From Our Team

"Mount St. Helens Institute is where I get to channel my passion for the outdoors and public lands into meaningful work. It's more than a fun job; it's a place where our shared love for nature comes to life." "Imagine working in a stunning landscape with endless recreational possibilities. At Mount St. Helens Institute, the breathtaking views and abundant outdoor activities make it the perfect workplace for nature enthusiasts like me."
"Being part of a mission-driven organization like Mount St. Helens Institute gives my work real purpose. Every day, I contribute to something bigger, making a positive impact on our environment and the communities we serve." "Flexibility is key, and everyone here is incredibly supportive. Mount St. Helens Institute understands the importance of work-life balance, ensuring that we can adapt to various needs while maintaining a positive and encouraging atmosphere."

Current Job Openings

Finance and Administration Director
MSHI is seeking a Finance and Administration Director (FAD). This critical position manages MSHI’s financial operations (~$1.5M/year and growing), administrative functions, and human resources policies and activities, ensuring legal compliance and implementation of MSHI’s mission, financial and personnel strategies. Reporting to the Executive Director, the FAD will be a key advisor on strategy for achieving the organization’s goals. This position will work closely with staff, the Board, our accounting firm, and other partners/vendors. Importantly, the FAD must help lead and evolve with MSHI during significant growth while promoting a positive and progressive work environment in alignment with the Institute’s mission, values, strategic plan, and policies.

Lead Guide
Calling skilled mountaineers! Be the driving force behind safe hikes and climbs on Mount St. Helens, guiding diverse participants through the stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. From summiting the Mount St. Helens Rim to exploring Glacier Overlook, your expertise will shine in 7 to 10-mile adventures at elevations up to 8,365ft. MSHI provides training in policies, interpretation, and emergency response, preparing you for the journey. It's not just about the climb—it's about fostering confidence in the outdoors, sharing natural history, and making science come alive. Learn more and apply today! 

Assistant Guide
Calling all adventure enthusiasts! Join our dynamic MSHI Guide Team and be a vital part of safe, exciting, and informative hikes and climbs on Mount St. Helens. As an Assistant Guide, you'll collaborate with Lead Guides, Volunteer Mountain Stewards, and scientists, creating memorable experiences that highlight the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Learn more and apply today! 

2024 Seasonal Educator
Are you passionate about youth education, geology, ecology, and the outdoors? Excited to work as part of a small team facilitating memorable learning experiences?Join us to facilitate meaningful experiences for our guests, including leading hikes and other educational activities, helping students build confidence and a sense of belonging in the outdoors, and sharing their enthusiasm for Mount St. Helens with our guests. Learn more and apply today! 

2024 Seasonal Cook
Are you passionate about preparing and sharing delicious, nutritious buffet style meals for a variety of school groups, camps and special events? Looking to build your resume with a position that includes responsibility for planning & implementing meals and room for creativity? Join our small team to facilitate memorable experiences for our guests. Learn more and apply today! 

Field Camp Host
Love the outdoors and gourmet cooking? We're on the lookout for a part-time Field Camp Host for the exciting 2024 Summer season. As a key player in our dynamic team, you'll be responsible for logistics, gourmet food preparation, and camp operations at our remote Field Camp near Windy Ridge. Learn more and apply today! 

Career Inquiry Form

We are always looking for talented and enthusiastic people to join our team, even when we are not currently hiring. Complete our Career Interest Form so that we can reach out to you when we have open positions. Please note, this form is not an application form. If we have an open position listed above that you're interested in, please follow the application directions in the position description to officially apply. 

In accordance to Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this Institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, creed, age, disability, HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation or gender identity, veteran or military status.