Dog Sled Guide
Snow Buddy Sled Dog Tours

Work with sled dogs, assist/guide sleds in Routt National Forest Southwest of Steamboat Springs CO

Just South of Steamboat Springs, CO, in the Little Flat Tops, Routt National Forest


Dog Sled Guide

Snow Buddy Sled Dog Tours
Oak Creek, Colorado
$16.00 - $30.00 / hour + tips
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts in about 2 months. (Nov 14, 2022)

We are seeking applicants for guide professionals and kennel help at our adventure company, Snow Buddy Sled Dog Adventures, LLC.  Applicants will be expected to be available to drive one day a week with guest shuttles.  A clean driving record and experience driving in the snow are required. Applicants must pass a background check. All new hires will report to the kennel for work on Monday, November 15th, 2022 and will commit to working through April, no exceptions made.

We operate in the backcountry in Routt National Forest about 45 minutes southwest of Steamboat Springs, CO, and 90 minutes North of Vail, CO. 

Our family takes a tremendous amount of pride in the quality of the experience we have provided our guests over the last 10+ years.  Coming into our 11th season, we are excited to continue to offer a preeminent and authentic mushing experience to all of our guests, young and old.  Guests have the opportunity to learn to mush a dog team of their own with trail support or to have a fully guided experience.  Guides learn both rolls and are flexible at a moment's notice. We cater to each guest's expectations and comfort level.  All trips are small and personalized, both for safety and to maintain the integrity of the experience.  Our company culture is based on safety, fun, and learning.  We are 100% in the service of every person who comes to meet us and our family of dogs.  We serve with integrity, honesty, and consistency.  The first trip of the season is as wonderful as the last.

The guiding position is paid at a flat rate per tour, once you are trained in our program. We have 3 tiers on the pay schedule.  All applicants will start at the base level and work for the top tier based on skill set and commitment to the program.  Hourly the base tour rate averages $16/hour to start (raises throughout the season, bonuses at season's end) + overtime and gratuities. New staff average $25-$30 per hour after wages/tips/overtime. We have staff housing available for $500 a month plus utilities. Employees are welcome to live away from staff housing, but we have found most options in Routt County to be more than double this rent and require a longer rental term than our season. 

The season kicks off officially the Monday after Thanksgiving and ends in late April depending on snow levels.  There is potential for the position to extend through the summer months. Each staff member will be expected to be available for work 6 days a week either on the trail or at the kennel (skiers and riders need not apply).  We prefer some experience in our field, as a dog musher is best, but animal handling and ranch work make for a good fit too. Come play in the snow with us, our guests, and all our beautiful dogs!

Check us out on TripAdvisor (#1 winter activity in Steamboat), Facebook, and Instagram.  Visit the website for more info about our program.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume with at least 3 references and a cover letter to AND call Sarah Piano at (970) 291-1114 to arrange an interview time.

We will return your call and schedule an interview after receiving your cover letter and resume.

Thanks so much! Happy trails :)

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