Within the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the Forest Service has cabin and fire lookouts. When there are openings, SBFC recruits volunteers to act as hosts and stewards for these Forest Service wilderness cabins and lookouts.
Depending on the location and need, volunteers will typically stay at a cabin or lookout for two weeks to two months, during the late spring, summer and fall. Wilderness cabin and lookout hosts provide support to Forest Service and other professional wilderness staff and volunteers. They assist with back country communications and greet, educate and help back country visitors, including pilots and backpackers. Volunteers also provide cabin and lookout maintenance, as well as assist with seasonal openings and closings.
Many of our volunteers come back year after year for the fabulous wilderness experience that this opportunity provides.
Cabins and lookouts generally accommodate one or two individuals at a time.