Mount St. Helens Institute volunteers have helped visitors from all over the world explore and learn about Mount St. Helens for over 20 years. They build the connection between person and place by engaging and teaching people of all ages and help everyone enjoy and appreciate this spectacular volcanic landscape. Have fun, explore the outdoors, share nature with others, and become a volunteer.
2021 Volunteer Program Update: We are currently recruiting new volunteers for the 2021 season, and New Volunteer Orientations will be held virtually in May. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some volunteer opportunities will remain on hiatus this year. Mountain Steward volunteers will be our main focus for in-person volunteering this year. Conservation Corps opportunities will continue in partnership with the Washington Trails Association. We will also have limited virtual volunteer opportunities for pro-bono work and special projects.
Click on the links below for details about each role, or scroll down for quick facts about volunteer opportunities. If you're interested in volunteering, submit an application today and our staff will contact you about next steps.
Assist climbers and hikers on popular trails, including the climbing route
Help maintain trails and structures on Mount St. Helens
Support our community events both on and off the mountain
Engage students in hands-on science activities on the mountain and in the classroom
Share your passion for the outdoors with others at visitor centers on the mountain
Become a certified Volcano Naturalist & learn all about Mount St. Helens during a 12 week course
Visit us and come volunteer at one of the world’s most famous volcanoes for a minimum of 2 months!
Work on special projects and answer phone calls from interested hikers and climbers in our office
Volunteer your professional experience and support MSHI
Volunteer Philosophy Statement
The Mount St. Helens Institute connects people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds to Mount St. Helens and our natural world. The support of volunteers allows the Mount St. Helens Institute to deliver and create impactful educational programs and experiences and to reach a larger and broader audience. Our volunteers are vital to our efforts as they facilitate the connection between the public and the volcano by providing accurate, informative, and engaging experiences for all individuals.
Volunteer Application Fee - Donation
The Mount St. Helens Institute has a suggested new volunteer application fee of $10. This fee supports volunteer uniforms, a background check, and a volunteer certification scholarship fund. This is an optional donation that provides support for the volunteer program.