Sled Dog Handler Intern
DogGoneIt Tours

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


Sled Dog Handler Intern

DogGoneIt Tours
Cantwell, Alaska
$1,000.00 / month
No experience required
Start Date:
Job starts in 3 months (May 11, 2020)

Spend the summer 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. The day starts at 7:30 am.  As a handler intern, you will give food and water to the dogs.  Then you will clean the kennel.  We offer kennel tours two or three times a day.  During the tours you will be responsible for helping guests handle puppies safely, taking photos of guests as they hold puppies, helping guests walk safely to different parts of the property, hooking up dogs for a demonstration run, printing photographs, chatting with guests about the dogs and your experiences, and occasionally driving guests back to their hotel in a 15 passenger van.  

Between tours, 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 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 the afternoon we feed the dogs and clean the kennel again.  Our evening tour ends about 9:30 pm.  

The days are long, but the jobs are fun.  Since we are caring for animals we work 7 days a week, but we have randomly scheduled light days when the tours are small.  

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.

For compensation, summer dog handler interns are provided with room and board, $1000 a month stipend, and the opportunity to work with amazing dogs and puppies.  The position includes housing and meals, gear that you will need, and transportation from Anchorage to the kennel.

We need help from May 1st - September 20th.

There is also an opportunity to stay on as an apprentice for the winter. 

How to Apply

To apply, please send me an email with your resume and a current photo so we can get to know you.

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