The Mount St. Helens Institute seeks a part-time Field Camp Host for the 2021 summer season. We desire candidates who are passionate about providing excellent customer service, cooking gourmet food for 12 people, and working in a remote outdoor kitchen.

The groups hosted will be diverse, including our Into the Crater Hike participants, international groups of scientists, and possible additional programs. Providing a welcoming and inclusive environment is key.

Hosting will take place at our Field Camp near Windy Ridge – an established, remote camp on the east side of Mount St. Helens. It includes a fully stocked outdoor kitchen, canvas wall tents with wood stoves, fire pit, and composting toilet- all with views of Mount St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Hood. The kitchen is set up under a open air tent with a three-burner propane stove, propane grill, and a shipping container for food and supply storage. There is no running water, and all water is brought in. We have a standing sink, buckets, and sump area for water disposal. The Field Camp Host may share a staff-only canvas wall tent.

Field Camp Host can expect to work Friday through Sunday throughout the summer with some weekday work. Field Camp Host will work under the supervision of the Outdoor Programs Manager.

● Host groups at our Windy Ridge Field Camp; welcoming, site tours, cook, serve
● Plan meals for all hosted meals, with support from the Outdoor Program Manager
● Shop for meal ingredients the day before the trip
● Organize and transport water and food
● Prepare gourmet meals for groups up to 20 people
● Maintain supplies and equipment
● Clean cookware and dishes after meals
● Close camp after each trip; sweeping, tidying, organizing
● Follow all health procedures
● Other duties as assigned

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Cooks and Food Service


● Passion for customer service and hosting groups
● Experience cooking for groups up to 12+ people
● Excellent people and group management skills
● Ability to work both independently and in groups in remote areas with minimal supervision
● Enthusiasm for Mount St. Helens and the mission of the Mount St. Helens Institute
● Have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record for the past three years
● Have a reliable personal vehicle

Required Skills:

Hosting requires the ability to lift up to 60 lbs., stand and cook on uneven ground, bend and twist. Regular driving for up to 4 hours is common.

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, Field Camp Host” ● 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"