“I love learning new things about the mountain and sharing with visitors about how Mount St. Helens changes sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly.”
- Volcano Volunteer Jim Hill
Our Volcano Volunteers are one of the Institute’s best resources. We’re proud of and grateful for our volunteers who since 2006 have logged thousands of hours helping out at Mount St. Helens. Our Volcano Volunteers lead hikes, guide school groups, and share information with the public at the Monument’s visitor centers and other tourist sites. They greatly enhance visitors’ experiences at the volcano by explaining scientific information, monument rules, and travel and safety tips.
If you’d like to join this wonderful group of outdoors-oriented folks, consider becoming a Volcano Volunteer. You’ll be rewarded with new knowledge, stronger communication skills, and a chance to spend time in the blast zone. We’re looking for individuals with good speaking skills and an ability to lead groups. A science background is helpful, but not required.
How to become a Volcano Volunteer: Check back in January 2014 when our application form goes live. After review, if accepted, you’ll need to attend a mandatory orientation (many dates available) and one week of training in late April or mid-June. You’ll learn about science and current research on the volcano, acquire interpretive skills alongside Forest Service employees and professionals, and become familiar with recreational opportunities on all sides of the mountain.
Applications for the 2014 season will be accepted starting January 1, 2014.