Volunteers are a key element in the smooth operation of Mount Washington Observatory's famous mountaintop facility. Each week, two volunteers are on duty at the summit, with the primary responsibility of planning and preparing meals for the Observatory crew and visitors. Typically, volunteers prepare dinner only for the crew, which consists of three observers, one or two interns, and you and your fellow volunteer. In addition to the crew we often have overnight trip participants, for which volunteers prepare three meals a day. December through March is the busiest trip season, with overnight guests one or two nights week.
If you are interested in this program, please read through the listed requirements, duties and example schedule before completing an application through the link below. Applicants chosen will be asked to submit to a $10.00 application fee to cover the costs of a background check before they are able to volunteer on the summit.
Provide dinner in the summit weather station for staff
Assist with nightly clean-up duties in the living quarters
Host overnight and daytrip visitors: prep living quarters, cook three meals a day for up to 17 people, clean-up, etc.
If you have other skills like painting, carpentry, or plumbing, we graciously welcome help with general maintenance tasks as well!
Enthusiastic about the work of MWOBS and eager to support summit operations through the work in the Extreme Mount Washington museum and summit weather station
Commit to a full shift week on Mount Washington that runs Wednesday to Wednesday (8 days)
In good health, physically able to pick up boxes, co-exist with a pet cat on the summit (for those with allergies), able to safely evacuate the summit in the unlikely event of an emergency by walking down the 8-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road
COVID-19 vaccine status- proof of vaccine card. Willing to be compliant with any and all MWOBS and State Parks of New Hampshire COVID-19 safety policies
Comfortable speaking to the public as a representative of MWOBS
Ability to cook nightly for our summit crew of 7+ people
Ability to cook three meals a day for up to 17 people during overnight trips
Read and review training materials in advance of summit week
Comply with a background check
At least 18 years old
Comfortable sharing a bunk room with other volunteers or MWOBS staff and/or interns
For more information about the program, contact us
. To apply, visit this link: