Employment

Join us and our mission!

Our staff love what they do and are passionate about connecting people with Mount St. Helens. We are a small and growing organization, seasonal opportunities can turn into long term positions and long term positions are evolving rapidly. We have offices in Vancouver and Chelatchie Prairie (Amboy) and work throughout the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Our work is exciting, challenging and rewarding. Our staff, volunteers and interns get to spend their time on one of the most amazing places on earth. We value creativity, open communication and flexibility. When paid positions become available, they are posted below. To volunteer for the Mount St. Helens Institute, visit our Volunteer page.
 


Current Openings

  • Position: Lead Guide | Part Time | Seasonal
    Compensation: $17/hour depending on experience
    Term of Employment: June 5, 2021 – September 19, 2021 (some flexibility). Not to exceed 300 hours.
    This is a non-exempt, temporary seasonal position.
    Closing Date: April 4th, 2021

    SUMMARY: The Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) seeks part-time Lead Guides for the 2021summer season. We desire candidates who are passionate about introducing beginners to mountain climbing and sharing knowledge about the fascinating landscape of Mount St. Helens.

    We seek skilled mountaineers who have demonstrated experience that she/he/they can safely lead guided climbs and other guided trips around Mount St. Helens. The Mount St. Helens Institute Guided Adventures encourage participants to gain confidence in the outdoors while also providing natural history and interpretation of the
    landscape. Routes and programs include: Mount St. Helens Rim, Glacier Overlook Hike, Into the Crater, and other trails throughout the Mount St. Helens area. Guides can expect to work Saturday and/or Sunday (with some Fridays and other weekdays) throughout the summer with additional work possible as private trips are requested.
    The Lead Guide will work under the supervision of the Outdoor Programs Manager, and will work collaboratively with an assistant guide and volunteers during programs.

  • Position: Assistant Guide | Part Time | Seasonal
    Compensation: $14.00/hour
    Term of Employment: June 5, 2021 – September 19, 2021 (some flexibility). Not to exceed 200 hours.
    This is a part-time, non-exempt, temporary seasonal position.
    Closing Date: April 4, 2021

    SUMMARY: This exciting outdoor position will gain experience in working with a non-profit - Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI). As an Assistant Guide, this position will assist with guided climbs and hikes around Mount St. Helens and support outdoor program logistics. The Assistant Guide will work closely with MSHI staff including the Outdoor Programs Manager (supervisor), lead guides and volunteers. We are seeking experienced outdoor enthusiasts who are passionate about introducing beginners to mountain climbing (and hiking) and sharing accurate information about Mount St. Helens’ landscape, geology, ecology, and trails. The typical schedule will be one or two 10+ hour days on the weekend with some flexibility required. Some weekday work may be available as well. Some overnight camping will be required.

  • Position: Field Camp Host | Part Time
    Compensation: $17/hour depending on experience
    Term of Employment: July 6, 2021 – September 9, 2021 (some flexibility). Not to exceed 310 hours.
    This is a part-time, non-exempt, temporary seasonal position.
    Closing Date: April 4th, 2021

    SUMMARY: The Mount St. Helens Institute seeks a part-time Field Camp Host for the 2021 summer season. We desire candidates who are passionate about providing excellent customer service, cooking gourmet food for 12 people, and working in a remote outdoor kitchen. The groups hosted will be diverse, including our Into the Crater Hike participants, international groups of scientists, and possible additional programs. Providing a welcoming and inclusive environment is key. Hosting will take place at our Field Camp near Windy Ridge - an established, remote camp on the east side of Mount St. Helens. It includes a fully stocked outdoor kitchen, canvas wall tents with wood stoves, fire pit, and composting toilet- all with views of Mount St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Hood. The kitchen is set up under a open air tent with a three-burner propane stove, propane grill, and a shipping container for food and supply storage. There is no running water, and all water is brought in. We have a standing sink, buckets, and sump area for water disposal. The Field Camp Host may share a staff-only canvas wall tent. Field Camp Host can expect to work Friday through Sunday throughout the summer with some weekday work.
    Field Camp Host will work under the supervision of the Outdoor Programs Manager.



OUR COMMITMENT

The Mount St. Helens Institute fundamentally believes that its employees are a valuable source of ideas for improving operations and making the workplace more interesting and attractive. MSHI values and respects its employees, and ensures that all employees work in an environment free of discrimination. MSHI encourages its employees to develop to their full potential both professionally and personally by emphasizing learning, improvement, and the development of new skills. All candidates applying for this position will be reviewed without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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.