Opportunity to work and live just outside Denali National Park at an Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel
On the edge of Denali National Park in the heart of the Alaska Range
- Cantwell, Alaska
- No experience required
- Start Date:
- Job starts in about 1 month (Sep 01, 2017)
Spend the winter in the heart of the Alaska Range on the outskirts of Denali National Park caring for sled dogs.
Primary duty is to assist in the care of our dogs. As a handler you will give food and water to the dogs. Then you will clean the kennel. Afterwards there are a variety of chores to fill the day. These include dog training chores, such as preparing and hooking dogs up for a training run, going on training runs with or without supervision depending on competence, and working with puppies. You will also complete a variety of jobs to help us maintain the dogs, kennel, and equipment. For instance you may paint and repair dog houses, assist with building tasks, cut and stack firewood, repair gear, etc. In general we try to use each handler's strengths so while you will have the opportunity to try many things, you will do the most of what you are good at. Successful dog mushers, and Alaskans, are jacks of all trades. The afternoon ends with feeding the dogs and cleaning the kennel again.
Housing is in a private room in a private cabin. The cabin is a finished home, but there is no running water. The shower and laundry facilities are attached to our home.
We are one of the finest sled dog kennels in the state of Alaska. We expect the best of ourselves and our handlers.
- We are interested in finding responsible, capable individuals who are self-motivated, willing to learn, and have a can-do attitude.
- Working at the Wolf's Den requires the ability to approach daily chores with enthusiasm and thoroughness.
- Experience not necessary, we will teach the right person.
For compensation, dog handlers work for room and board and the opportunity to learn. The sky is the limit if you are driven to learn about dogs, animal husbandry, mushing and so much more. Mike is an incredible dog trainer (and carpenter, artist, and more). He is very good at teaching those who want to learn. The position also includes housing and meals.
We need help from September 1st-May 1st.
How to Apply
To apply, please send me an email with your resume and a current photo so we can get to know you.