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

Applications are open for the following positions:

  • Administration & Development Coordinator | Part Time | Closes Feb 28, 2019
  • Communication & Community Engagement Coordinator | Closes Feb 24, 2019
  • Lead Guide | Part Time | 3 positions available | Closes March 10, 2019
  • Assistant Guide | Part Time | 2 positions available | Closes March 10, 2019
  • Science Educator | 4 positions available | Closes Feb 17, 2019

Please see below for more information about these positions.  Application instructions are included in the downloadable position descriptions.

  • Compensation: $14.00 per hour
    Terms of Employment: Permanent, non-exempt, part-time, hourly
    Position Closing Date: February 28, 2019
    Position Start Date: April 15, 2019

    Under the supervision of the Finance & Human Resources Director, the Administration & Development Coordinator of Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) will be a public face and voice of MSHI and will provide day-to-day support to our business operations, office management and development program.

    Download the full position description HERE.

  • Compensation: $37,600 annual salary. Benefits include health insurance (50% employee and family), SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with 3% employer match, two-weeks paid vacation, federal holidays, one-week paid time off between December 25 – January 1, and paid sick leave.
    Term of Employment: Salaried, full time, exempt
    Closing Date: February 24, 2019
    Start Date: April 1-15, 2019

    The Mount St. Helens Institute seeks a Communication & Community Engagement Coordinator who is responsible for coordinating and implementing community engagement activities – both digitally and in-person – that connect diverse individuals in our neighboring communities to Mount St. Helens. Supervised by the Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager, this person is responsible for coordinating all communication strategies, including quarterly newsletters, website, social media content, and other online marketing efforts. This person also assists in supporting Mount St. Helens Institute volunteer programs. Lastly, this person supports community events, including the Volcano Naturalist Program, Volcano Views & Brews lecture series, and other public events. This is a position for someone who will thrive working both indoors and outdoors, connecting with people both in person and through the digital world. For more information about programs, events and volunteer efforts, visit our website: www.mshinstitute.org. Join us in engaging people of all backgrounds in this exciting landscape!

    Download the full position description HERE.

  • Compensation: $16 -18/hour depending on experience
    Term of Employment: June 7, 2019 – September 15, 2019 (some flexibility). Not to exceed 280 hours.
    This is a non-exempt, temporary seasonal position.
    Closing Date: March 3, 2019

    The Mount St. Helens Institute seeks part-time Mountain Climbing Guides for the 2019 summer 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 the she/he/they can safely lead guided climbs and other guided trips around Mount St. Helens. The Mount St. Helens Institute Exploration Programs 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. See guided program descriptions HERE.

    Download full position description HERE.

  • Compensation: $14.00/hour; housing may be available for $5.55/day
    Term of Employment: June 7, 2019 – September 15, 2019 (some flexibility); Not to exceed 300 hours.
    This is a part-time, non-exempt, temporary seasonal position.
    Closing Date: March 3, 2019

    This exciting outdoor position will get experience working with a non-profit - Mount St. Helens Institute. As an Assistant Guide, this position will assist with guided climbs and hikes around Mount St. Helens and support outdoor program logistics. 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 sharing accurate information about Mount St. Helens landscape, geology, ecology, and trails. Typical schedule will be two 10+ hour days with regular weekend work and flexibility required. Some weekday work may be available as well. Some overnight camping will be required.

    3 positions available.

    Download the full position description HERE.

  • Compensation: $12.00-$16.00 (depending on experience)
    Term of Employment: April 15, 2019 – October 25, 2019. This is a non-exempt, temporary, seasonal position.
    Closing Date: February 24, 2019

    ARE YOU:
    -Passionate about science and the outdoors?
    -Dedicated to working with diverse youth?
    -Looking to build your resume in informal science education, non-profits, event planning and facilities management?

    The Mount St. Helens Institute Science Educators support our hands-on science education programs including day and overnight programs for youth ages 6-18. Under the direction of the Mount St. Helens Institute’s Science Education Manager and with the support of the Science Education Coordinator, the Science Educators will work with the entire education team to develop activities, lead hikes, implement learning activities both indoors and outdoors, host groups, and maintain our vibrant and growing education programs. Read about our education programs at https://www.mshinstitute.org/learn/. Additionally, our education team hosts day and overnight rental programs, provides meal preparation and shopping for overnight groups and helps maintain the Science and Learning Center. Term of employment has some flexibility. This is a full-time temporary position that requires weekend and overnight work.

    Four positions are available.

    Download the full position description HERE.


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.