Recreation Site Hosts play a big part in supporting not just the visitors who travel to Mount St. Helens each year, but also to Forest Service operations staff, who help keep facilities clean and available to everyone. The Forest Service does not run overnight campgrounds on the mountain, so we rely on site hosts to fulfill this role a bit differently than a traditional campground host. Recreation site hosts help by assisting operation staff, taking care of the grounds around visitor areas, and talking with guests at information centers. This volunteer assignment gives individuals a stipend of $15 per day in return for their time spent on the mountain as a host.
Currently, we’re looking for Recreation Site Hosts for the following areas on Mount St. Helens:
Pine Creek Information Station, Hwy 90, Cougar, WA 98616
*For volunteers who have skills in plumbing, painting, or other housework and maintenance, housing may be available.
Each year, at least one international volunteer joins the interpretive team at Johnston Ridge Observatory. We’re looking for recent college graduates with an interest in geology and volcanic landscapes, who want to get experience as a ranger at one of the most visited places on Mount St. Helens. International volunteers are paid a stipend and are provided housing in shared staff quarters on Mount St. Helens.
• Excellent customer service skills & a willingness to be flexible, and help out where needed.
• Bachelor’s degree in geology, ecology, or another science focused and related field.
• At least 18 years old.
If you would like to apply to be an international volunteer, please email our Volunteer Programs Manager, Sarah Philips.
Do you have professional experience or skills you would like to donate to the Mount St. Helens Institute? Professionals in the fields of web design, marketing, development, law, human resources, and teaching are always needed. Pro-bono volunteers often work as a member of an advisory committee or on a short-term project.
If you work in one of these fields, or in another area that you believe could benefit the Mount St. Helens Institute, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.