Become a Volunteer

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.

Learn more about our volunteer opportunities

May 2024 Update: We are no longer accepting new volunteers for the 2024 season. However, we invite you to submit a volunteer application today, and it will be held for the 2025 season. New volunteer orientations are held annually in early May.

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. Questions? Email us at

Volunteer Opportunity Quick Facts

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.