This exciting outdoor position will gain experience in working with a non-profit – Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI). As an Assistant Guide, this position will assist with guided climbs and hikes around Mount St. Helens and support outdoor program logistics. The Assistant Guide will work closely with MSHI staff including the Outdoor Programs Manager (supervisor), lead guides and volunteers. We are seeking experienced outdoor enthusiasts who are passionate about introducing beginners to mountain climbing (and hiking) and sharing accurate information about Mount St. Helens’ landscape, geology, ecology, and trails. The typical schedule will be one or two 10+ hour days on the weekend with some flexibility required. Some weekday work may be available as well. Some overnight camping will be required. See guided program adventures: mshintitute.org.

● Prepare materials (paperwork, supplies) before trips
● Greet clients and provide introduction to the climb
● Provide engaging and accurate natural history talks on the trail
● Collaborate with Lead Guides and Volunteers
● Assist with medical situations
● Assist with managing group dynamics
● Conduct follow-up emails and communication with clients
● Follow and enforce risk and COVID safety protocols
● Maintain supplies and equipment
● Other duties as assigned

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills


● Have or working toward Bachelor’s/Associate Degree in recreation, environmental studies, ecology, geology, or similar degree OR 1 year of equivalent experience
● Demonstrated ability to teach and lead groups in outdoor settings
● Demonstrated experience with preparing and presenting public talks
● Knowledge of and passion for natural history
● Excellent people and group management skills
● Able to hike terrain of varying difficulties
● Ability to work both independ

Required Skills:

ABILITIES: The Assistant Guide is required to hike and stand for long periods of time, work outdoors in all weather conditions, hike up to 15 miles across rough terrain with a 30 lb. pack and occasionally lift up to 40 lbs. Regular driving for up to 4 hours is common. The Assistant Guide must possess a valid driving license.

Preferred Skills:

● Be a thoughtful, diplomatic communicator with the ability to work collaboratively, navigate difficult conversation, resolve conflicts and build trust and confidence in others.
● Be able to think critically and solve problems.
● Have excellent time-management, organizational and planning skills.
● Be able to inspire staff and volunteers.
● Be flexible to changing hours, pressures and deadlines, and an evolving organization.
● Demonstrate cultural competency.

About Mount St. Helens Institute

The Mount St. Helens Institute, founded in 1996, connects people of all ages to Mount St. Helens and our natural world through educational programming designed to enrich visitors’ appreciation and understanding of the Pacific Northwest’s youngest and most active volcano.

We are proud of the many ways we connect people to the volcano they love, from outdoor youth education programs hosted at the Mount St. Helens Science & Learning Center, to expert-led field seminars and guided exploration programs, to meaningful volunteer opportunities across Mount St. Helens and the surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Read out Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement: https://www.mshinstitute.org/about_us/diversity-equity-inclusion.html

The Mount St. Helens Institute is a 501(c) (3) private, nonprofit organization devoted to helping people understand and protect the volcano.

Application Instructions

Email the following items to [email protected] ● Subject Line: “Last Name, First Name - Assistant Guide” ● Cover Letter (name the file as follows “Last Name, First Name - Cover Letter”) o Include the following: ▪ Why are you interested in this position? ▪ How does this position fit with your career goals? ▪ What is your available start date? Required end date? ▪ Are there any required days off during the season? ● Resume (name the file as follows “Last Name, First Name - Resume"