Apply to be a 2019 Teacher Mentor

GeoGirls is a geology and technology field camp for female (cis and trans gender) middle schoolers, high schoolers, geoscientists and teachers. It is a chance to explore volcanoes and how scientists monitor them. It is also a time for girls build science confidence, camp and hike in the outdoors and work with professional women scientists and teachers. During the course of the overnight field-based camp, girls will tour Mount St. Helens, visit researchers in action, conduct a focused research project with real scientists, visit the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory and conduct a volcanic crisis mission that builds on concepts learned throughout the week.

2019 Teacher Mentor information:

Position:                      GeoGirls Teacher Mentors; 4 positions available
Compensation:            $600.00 stipend for 1 week; CE Clock Hours on request
Term of Position:         June 25, 2019; August 4-8, 2019
Closing Date:               March 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Important Dates:

  • APPLICATIONS DUE: March 17, 2019 (at 5:00 pm)
  • SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED: May 3, 2019 (by email)
  • GEOGIRLS: August 4-8, 2018

Teacher Mentors will assist with all camp logistics, including:

  • Provide a bridge between science mentors and the girls.
  • Be responsible for a group of 5 GeoGirls and 1 High School Mentor.  Duties include driving your group, participating in all camp activities with your group, supervising your group for safety and well-being, identifying and responding to behavioral issues, and being a consistent and compassionate role model.
  • Assist Mount St. Helens Institute staff with program logistics such as clean-up.

Four teachers will be selected to participate as Teacher Mentors.  2 of the Teacher Mentors will be from Clark County, WA.  A $600 stipend will be provided. Food, lodging and transportation are provided at no cost for the length of the program.  Teacher Mentors will need to be able to pass a criminal background check, driving record included.

Duties and Responsibilities

•    Mentor, encourage and support a team of 1 high school and 5 middle school girls
•    Actively participate in research projects and model science curiosity
•    Assist scientists with equipment, research and explanation
•    Lead evening conversations and discussions with your team of GeoGirls
•    Help girls maintain a positive attitude
•    Drive minivan with your team of GeoGirls to field sites
•    Administer medications and provide counseling and other physical and emotional support to girls
•    Assist with chores

Required Qualifications

•    Female (cis and trans gender) middle school science teacher (or related topic)
•    Experienced in the outdoors – hiking, camping and making safe decisions
•    Passionate about helping girls develop confidence in STEM subjects
•    2 of the 4 teachers must be working in a Clark County public school (based on funding)
•    Must be able to participate for the entire length of the program (August 4-8, 2019) and the training/meeting day on June 25, 2019.
•    Have current First Aid/CPR
•    Ability to pass a background check
•    Have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record for the past three years


Must be able to hike at least 2 miles on uneven terrain carrying a 20-30 lb pack. Must be able to safely drive a variety of roads for up to 3 hours.  All are encouraged to apply; please make sure to note any special requirements at the end of this application.

Working Hours

There is a mandatory training/meeting on June 25 (conference call participation is acceptable). This is an intensive 4-night/5-day experience. Hours will be long and rewarding! 


We will work and travel to all sides of the volcano, camping at a field camp near Windy Ridge for 2 nights and at the Science and Learning Center for 2 nights. 

How to Apply:

Complete the GeoGirls Teacher Mentor online application HERE.

About Us

MSHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing understanding and stewardship of the earth through science, education and exploration of volcanic landscapes. MSHI functions as a tight-knit group of individuals united in our common passion for Mount St. Helens. We value diversity, good challenges, adventure, fun, partnership and community. We work closely with the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument staff on a daily basis and operate under US Forest Service special use permit. 


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.