Share Your Love of the Outdoors - Volunteer on Mount St. Helens

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Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center, north side of MSHMount St. Helens Volcanic Monument, WA 98531


Share Your Love of the Outdoors - Volunteer on Mount St. Helens

Become a Volcano Volunteer for Mount St. Helens!

The Mount St. Helens Institute’s Volcano Volunteers are some of the National Volcanic Monument’s greatest resources. We’re proud of and grateful for our volunteers who, since 2005, have logged thousands of hours with visitors from around the world. Our Volcano Volunteers greatly enhance visitors’ experiences at the volcano as they share this unique environment with them by recommending hikes & viewpoints, explaining the natural history of the mountain, discussing the best places to view wildlife, and more.

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 more time in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most interesting environments: a volcano! A background in science and natural history is helpful, but not required as we provide background training to all new volunteers.

Visitor Center Locations Currently in Need of Volunteers:

The Science and Learning Center

19000 Spirit Lake Hwy, Toutle, WA 98649


  • Current CPR and First Aid certification

  • Minimum age: 12 if accompanied by an adult, 15 otherwise.

  • Saturday and/or Sunday availability

  • Commitment to volunteering a minimum of one shift a month between November and May

Desired Qualifications:

  • Willingness to learn and share knowledge with a diverse audience

  • Background or interest in science and natural processes

  • Ability to communicate well with others

  • Skill in providing quality customer service

  • Availability to participate in mandatory training sessions

  • Valid driver’s license

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 12
  • Orientation or Training
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