For a full job description visit: https://www.mshinstitute.org/about_us/employment.html
The Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) seeks part-time Lead Guides for the 2021summer season. We desire candidates who are passionate about introducing beginners to mountain climbing and sharing knowledge about the fascinating landscape of Mount St. Helens.

We seek skilled mountaineers who have demonstrated experience that she/he/they can safely lead guided climbs and other guided trips around Mount St. Helens. The Mount St. Helens Institute Guided Adventures encourage participants to gain confidence in the outdoors while also providing natural history and interpretation of the landscape. Routes and programs include: Mount St. Helens Rim, Glacier Overlook Hike, Into the Crater, and other trails throughout the Mount St. Helens area. Guides can expect to work Saturday and/or Sunday (with some Fridays and other weekdays) throughout the summer with additional work possible as private trips are requested. The Lead Guide will work under the supervision of the Outdoor Programs Manager, and will work collaboratively with an assistant guide and volunteers during programs. See guided program descriptions here.

● Provide strong outdoor leadership for guide team including assistant guides and volunteer guides
● Actively build team dynamics and encourage healthy decisions among guide team and participants during climbs/hikes
● Respond to emergency situations, major or minor injury, and concerns in a thoughtful and safe manner
● Provide quality and compassionate participant care on each trip
● Follow and enforce risk and COVID safety protocols
● Mentor assistant guides as they develop their guiding skills
● Coordinate and support assistant guides and volunteer guides (Mountain Stewards) during trips
● Deliver educational lessons on basic mountaineering and hiking, natural history, and Mount St. Helens history

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills


● Demonstrated lead experience in mountain climbing
● 1+ year safely leading participants in variable conditions
● Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR (must be current through September 2021)
● Demonstrated experience providing medical care during an emergency
● Ability to manage, work with, and help develop assistants and volunteers
● Excellent group management, communication and organizational skills
● Knowledge of Leave No Trace practices and environmental awareness
● Work

Required Skills:

ABILITIES: Guides must be in excellent physical shape and be able to lead groups up the steep, rugged terrain of Mount St. Helens (elevation of 8,365, over 10 miles round trip), while carrying 30-40 lb backpack. 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] before April 4th, 2021 11:59 PM. ● Subject Line: “Last Name, First Name - Lead 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)