“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
Applications for the 2015 season are now being accepted!
Our Volcano Volunteers are one of the Institute’s best resources. We’re proud of and grateful for our volunteers who, since 2005, 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:
1. Apply to become a volunteer
2. Attend orientation in Vancouver, WA on one of the following dates; Thursday April 16th, 6pm-8pm, or Thursday June 11, 6pm-8pm to determine if volunteering for MSHI is a good fit for you
3. You must attend a comprehensive one week training, offered twice (but you only need to attend once): April 28 - May 2, 9am - 5pm, or June 15-19, 8:30am - 4:30pm. 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.
4. Start scheduling your shifts!