Mount St. Helens Institute

An inspiring outdoor classroom

Food service in the blast zone! $22-24/hour+ low-rent housing + end of season bonus

Live and work in the shadow of the volcano

  • spring
  • summer
  • fall
Toutle, Washington
$22.00 - $24.00 / hour + tips
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (Apr 17, 2023)

SUMMARY: The Mount St. Helens Institute Cook/Custodian supports our youth education and rental programs and summer events based at the Science and Learning Center. The Cook/Custodians (2 positions will be available) will collaborate and work with several Seasonal Educators, as well as the Science Education Manager and Science Education Coordinator.  The Cook/Custodian will prepare and serve healthy and delicious meals, maintain the cleanliness of the Science and Learning Center, and perform light maintenance as-needed.  On average, meals will serve approximately 30 people.  On occasion, meals will serve up to 120 people; in such instances, there will be dedicated food preparation time scheduled as well as additional volunteer support during the event. 

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2 positions will be available. 


Foodservice (~45% of the time)

  • Collaborate with other Cook/Custodian to plan upcoming meals, inventory and shop for needed ingredients and other kitchen supplies

  • Prepare and serve healthy and delicious buffet-style meals for groups in accordance with safe food-handling procedures and meeting outlined standards.  Ensure that the needs of all guests, particularly those with dietary restrictions, are met to a high standard

  • Use correct portioning to minimize food waste

  • Clean kitchen after preparation and serving after each meal, maintaining cleanliness, including washing dishes and wiping surfaces.  

  • Keep refrigerators and storage areas clean and neat, ensuring food and supply items are stored per standards

  • If interested, develop recipes to broaden MSHI’s food service offerings

Custodian (~45% of the time)

  • Keep equipment, tools, and other custodial supplies organized and in good working condition

  • Clean, disinfect and restock restrooms, kitchen, and other areas used during programs

  • Organize recyclable materials, garbage, and compost and transport to the appropriate facilities

  • Prepare the facility for programs and events, including moving supplies, furniture and equipment

  • Stock “Wellness Stations,” complimentary hygienic supplies staged around the facility

  • Regularly inspect the building for maintenance needs and communicate with the Science Education Manager about facility needs

  • Complete minor maintenance activities around the facility

  • Help other members of the education team move furniture or equipment as required for various activities

Program Support (~10% of the time)

  • Follow all health and safety procedures and policies

  • Actively and positively contribute to program planning and debriefing meetings

  • On occasion, host rental groups, including but not limited to following standardized check-in/out procedures, leading the group on a facility tour, showing the group how to use the kitchen and custodial equipment, and answering questions they have during their stay

  • Work in a flexible and cooperative manner with all MSHI and partner staff and volunteers

  • Drive vehicles for MSHI activities, including occasionally driving program participants.

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How to Apply


Please send the following items to with the following:

  • Email subject line: Cook/Custodian

    •  If you would like to apply for multiple positions use the subject line Multiple Positions and indicate the positions of interest in your cover letter. 

  • Cover Letter: titled with the following format “Last Name First Name Cover Letter” 

    • Please include your interest in the position, available start date, required end date, and any required time off

  • Resume: titled with the following format “Last Name First Name Resume” 

To learn more about the Mount St. Helens Institute and our programs, visit 

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