Dog Sledding Adventure Guide
Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula...a remote, magical, winter wonderland!
- Mc Millan, Michigan
- $6,500.00 / season + tips
- No experience required
- Start Date:
- Job starts in 3 months (Oct 01, 2020)
Seeking a dog sledding adventure guide for sled dog tours in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula. Guide will be trained to work with a team of 24 sled dogs and be responsible for leading guests on guided day trips and overnight excursions. Please consider that you are applying for a position in an area of the country that receives a LOT of snow (297 inches last season). Be honest with yourself that you can thrive in a winter environment. Seasonal commitment is October 1 through May 1. Housing and meals are provided in addition to a monthly stipend and pay for tours. This is more than a job...it's a lifestyle. Please note: Applicant must be a US citizen and reside in the US.
Start date October 1, 2020. End date May 1, 2021.
Duties include such things as:
- Leading half-day, full day, and overnight dog sledding adventure tours with 1-12 guests.
- Planning and preparation for dog sledding tours.
- Completing tour trip reports.
- Cleanup and repair of equipment
- Providing guests with orientation/instruction sled driving and safety.
- Maintaining the safety of all clients and dogs on tours.
- Completing maintenance and repair of gear, winter camp, kennel, buildings, etc. as needed throughout the fall, winter and spring.
- Assisting with snow removal and trail grooming with a tractor and snowmobile.
- Completing daily care, cleanup, and monitoring of dogs to Nature’s Kennel highest standards.
- Participating in pre-season setup and post-season cleanup
- Committing to knowing the dogs before tour season-being comfortable and having a strong bond with your team makes working with them easier throughout the season and is expected before guiding tours.
- Creating a fun experience for guests.
- Training/running dogs with a four-wheeler (fall/spring) and sleds (winter).
- Working outdoors in rain or shine 8-16 hours a day outside, 6 days a week.
You'll be living and working with a staff of six guides and a kennel manager. Kennel owners are also involved with daily operations and training.
Housing: Nature’s Kennel is located off-grid. Housing is bunk style with 2-4 people per room and a shared common area. Meals are family style or on your own in the main building which has power and running water. We do not provide food/meals for specialty diets (organic/gluten free). You must be comfortable with communal living and are expected to share house duties and upkeep. Please note we are a dry camp–no alcohol or drugs allowed on the property and NO SMOKING. There is very limited cell and internet service, be prepared to be "unplugged".
Compensation: Housing and meals are provided along with a $200/month stipend + paid per dog sled tour which is approximately $600-$1200/month December through March. Guides also receive generous tips from guests, which are yours to keep and average about $1500 per season. Average take home pay with tips is $7500 per season.
- CPR/First Aid required for all positions. Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder preferred.
- Must be a clean and tidy person. This is especially important as we require staff to keep up with current standards to prevent the spread of COVID and other illnesses. If you do not consider yourself a clean person, do not apply.
- Self-motivating, can-do, positive attitude, resourceful, organized and energetic.
- Must have attention to detail regarding record keeping.
Must have love and respect for both dogs and the winter wilderness environment. Can lift and carry 40-70 lbs. Must be able to work in a remote environment (without unlimited access to cell phone/internet). Must be able to work well in a team and possess solid interpersonal skills. Must be able to lead and entertain a group of guests. Must be able to adapt to changing conditions due to weather, guests, dogs, and trails.
Experience leading wilderness trips a plus but not required. Ability to operate a tractor, snowmobile, chainsaw, and other power tools a plus, but not required. Onsite training will be done after hire.
This job does offer the potential for year-round employment with summer employment in Alaska.