Compensation: $17.00/hour
Term of Employment: June 1, 2022 – September 18, 2022 (some flexibility).
Description: This is a part-time, non-exempt, temporary, seasonal position. The Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) seeks part-time Lead Guides for the 2022 Summer season. We desire candidates who are passionate about introducing beginners to mountain climbing and sharing knowledge
about the fascinating landscape and history of Mount St. Helens. We seek skilled mountaineers who have demonstrated experience that they can safely lead guided climbs and other guided trips around the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The MSHI Guided Adventures encourages 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 (summit), Glacier Overlook, Into the Crater and other trails throughout the Monument. 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.

For more information, please see the full job description and program descriptions at https://www.mshinstitute.org/about_us/employment.html.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills, Research/Science and Technical


● 1+ year safely leading participants in variable conditions
● Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR (must be current through September 2022)
● Ability to commit to at least 20 days between June and September
● Have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle

Required Skills:

●Demonstrated lead experience in (non-technical) mountain climbing and backpacking
● 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 impact awareness
● Enthusiasm for Mount St Helens and willingness to learn and provide interpretive natural and human history lessons to participants

Preferred Skills:

●Ability to work independently and autonomously and decisively as a team leader in possibly adverse environmental conditions.
●Guides must be in excellent physical shape and be able to lead groups up the steep, rugged unstable terrain composed of ash, scree, boulders, snow and ice
on Mount St. Helens (elevation of 8,365, over 10 miles round trip), while carrying a 30-40 lb backpack. Regular driving for up to 4 hours is common.

About Mount St Helens Institute

The Mount St. Helens Institute is a 501(c) (3) private, nonprofit organization established in 1996 and devoted to advancing the understanding and stewardship of the Earth through science, education, and exploration of volcanic landscapes.

Application Instructions

Email the following items to [email protected] with Subject Line: “Last Name, First Name - Lead Guide” ● Cover Letter describing yourself, your experience and your passions for wilderness exploration, education and stewardship ● Resume, to include qualifications, training, experience, professional references and contact information.