Conservation Corps

“One of the reasons I chose to volunteer at Mount St. Helens was my connection to the land. My great-grandparents had a cabin near Ariel, and I spent a lot of time there as a child. The first place I volunteered at was Ape Cave—a place I had visited a hundred times as a child. So it was meaningful to me to help improve it.”

- Katherine Bilyeu, MSHI Conservation Corps & Mountain Steward Volunteer


We love Mount St. Helens, and want to make sure that the mountain is accessible and healthy for those who visit the Mountain today, as well as 20 or 50 years from now. Conservation corps volunteers help us achieve this goal by volunteering for a variety of projects, some of which include: trail maintenance, invasive weed removal, building upkeep, habitat restoration, and more.

Learn more about this volunteer role and the requirements for this position by reviewing the assignment description.

 

Upcoming Conservation Corps Events & Projects:

  • July 11th - 15th: Trail Work Party on Independence Ridge with the Washington Trails Association

A backcountry-feeling trip with car camping comforts! This "Day" work party is actually a multi-day adventure. Join WTA and Mount St. Helens Institute for one, or all  five days of trail work to reclaim a trail across two large washouts. We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!  No experience is necessary. Register to volunteer online here.

  • July 26th - 29th: Trail Work Party on Ptarmigan Trail with the Washington Trails Association

WTA and the Mount St. Helens Institute are hosting four days of work to fix erosion issues on the Ptarmigan Trail (summer climber's route). Come for one or more days to help install check dams, water bars and fix up the trail tread.We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!  No experience is necessary. Register to volunteer online here.

  • Additional Trail Work Projects on Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Through a partnership with the Washington Trails Association the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and the Mount St. Helens Institute a variety of trail work opportunities are available to people of all skill levels and availability. View and sign-up to volunteer at an upcoming trail work party online here.

 

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Do you have further questions about being a Conservation Corps Volunteer? Please email Allison Watson, the Volunteer Programs Director for the Mount St. Helens Institute.