Ever dreamed of spending a summer in a fire lookout? Room and board and a million dollar view? If you love the outdoors and Idaho’s backcountry, you probably have. But getting a fire lookout job can be tough, and if you already have a full-time job, it’s even tougher.
But there’s another option besides getting hired by the Forest Service and spending a summer there. You can volunteer to man a fire lookout, as well as at backcountry guard stations for as short a stint as a few days. It’s an interesting program led by Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation.
Our friends at The Adventure Journal give a glimpse of how the program works:
“This citizen-led effort, under the name of the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, is a non-profit organization that coordinates and mobilizes communities around protecting wilderness and wildland values. In addition to a host of other initiatives, the SBFC mans six cabins, guard stations, and lookouts with volunteer hosts. And they need help.
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“The cabins, etc. are staffed by volunteers, who spend anywhere from a few days to a few months on site, from April through mid-September. Some of the lookouts are deep in the backcountry, while some are a little closer to civilization if that’s what you’re looking for.”
You can read more about how it works in a Q&A about the program here.