Help with huskies and reindeer in North Norway

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    Vesterelva & Viddashusky is a kennel of 50 purebreed Siberian Huskies, 3 Australian Shepherds + some reindeer. We are located in Varangerbotn/Vesterelv, Nesseby Municipality in North Norway. We use our siberian huskies for long distance racing and tourism. In wintertime we have 13 reindeer in a fence that we are planning to use for tourism.

    We have two teams of dogs:
    - The A-team that consists of about 30 dogs trained for long distance races for season 2017/2018. The A-team is located in Suki were Leif is living.
    - The B-team consists of all the retired dogs, puppies and young-dogs that are still not old enough for racing. The B-team is located in Vesterelv, were Ragne is living. Vesterelv is about 10 min driving from Suki. As a volunteer you will be driving between these two kennels until 1th of december, and that is why it is necessary with a driving license. You will live in Vesterelv, at the at the place were the puppies and retired dogs are.

    From 1th of december Leif and all the A-team dogs are moving to Ivalo in Finland to do sled-trips for tourists were they will be working until 1th of april. We will then need a volunteer that works at home with the B-team, and a volunteer that works with Leif with tourists in Finland.

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    ABOUT THE WORK IN VESTERELV WITH B-team dogs 1TH OF DECEMBER - 1TH OF APRIL:
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dogyards
    - Dogtraining
    - Walking and socialization of puppies
    - Chopping meat for the dogs with an axe
    - Feeding our reindeer
    - Shoveling snow
    - Take care of the dogs while we are on dog-races
    - Help with preparing equipment and food for dogs and musher for the dog-races
    - Help with cutting reindeer meat and pack it in the freezer.

    IMPORTANT: Please notice that our house and dog-kennel is located in the forest with no next door neighbors, outside a small town, and you won't have a lot of transport possibilities. We have no car to lend, so take this in mind because it might not fit everyone. Please also note that you will work most of your time alone. If you like to be around a lot of people all the time, this is not the correct place for you. If you are not in balance with yourself, it might be too isolated for you here. The work with our animals has to be done in every weather – even if the temperature drops to -30°C or more!
    From the middle of november we start to get complete darkness, and we will have only 2 hours (approx) with daylight for about 2 months. WE PREFER LONG TERM VOLUNTEERS FOR WINTER SEASON.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    • Minimum age of 25
    • 3 months minimum stay
    • In good physical shape
    • You don't have any health problems that limits you in doing physical work
    • Great communication skills
    • Hardworking, responsible, and FLEXIBLE with work
    • You must have a passion for sleddogs and genuinely interested in dogs
    • Ability to eat reindeer meat (most of our meals)
    • You MUST be a self-starter. If there’s not something going on, it’s really nice to have someone that just starts doing small tasks to help out.

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    ABOUT THE TOURIST WORK IN FINLAND 1TH OF DECEMBER - 1TH OF APRIL
    - Prepare dogteams for tourists and take care of the dogs when the teams return from the trips
    - Clean the kennels
    - Feed and water the dogs before and after the trips
    - Chopping meat for the dogs
    You will have the opportunity to take part in some sled-trips with tourists.

    IMPORTANT: Please notice the living conditions: You will live in a shared, small cabin without electricity and water. The cabin is located in the forest, outside a small town, and you won't have a lot of transport possibilities. We have no car to lend, so keep this in mind because it might not fit everyone. The job is very hard and stressful. If you are not in balance with yourself, it might be too tough for you. The work with our animals has to be done in every weather – even if the temperature drops to -30°C or more!

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    • Minimum age of 25
    • 3 months minimum stay
    • Fun and outgoing attitude
    • Sense of humor a BIG plus
    • In good physical shape
    • You don't have any health problems that limits you in doing physical work
    • Great communication skills
    • Hardworking, responsible, and FLEXIBLE with work
    • You must have a passion for sleddogs and genuinely interested in dogs
    • You MUST be a self-starter. If there’s not something going on, it’s really nice to have someone that just starts working and is able to see what needs to be done.
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    THE WORK WITH BOTH A-TEAM AND B-TEAM DOGS 1TH OF APRIL - 1TH OF AUGUST
    (The A-team dogs are back home from Finland, and in this part of the year we let our reindeer free in to the mountains, so you will not work with reindeer at all)
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking
    - Feeding and watering dogs, both A-team and B-team
    - Cleaning dogyards
    - Walking and socialization of puppies (the trips take place in a swampy, wet terrain with a lot of mosquitos in june/july)
    - Fencing (Dogfences, reindeer fences etc)
    - Painting (Doghouses etc)
    - Help with building
    - Helping out in the garden
    - Help with training the dogs with a training cart when the temperatures are ok.

    IMPORTANT: In this part of the year you will be driving with a car between the two kennels, and it is necessary with a driving license. The walks with the puppies takes place in a VERY wet and swampy area, and in june/july we have a lot of mosquitos. It is NOT a lot of dogtraining in this period. Please notice that our house and dog-kennel is located in the forest with no next door neighbors, and you will work most of your time alone. If you like to be around a lot of people all the time, this is not the correct place for you. If you are not in balance with yourself, it might be too isolated for you here.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    • Minimum age of 25
    • 3 months minimum stay
    • Driver’s License
    • In good physical shape
    • You have no health problems that limits you in doing physical work
    • Great communication skills
    • Hardworking, responsible, and flexible with work
    • You must have a passion for sleddogs and genuinely interested in dogs
    • Ability to eat reindeer meat (most of our meals)
    • You MUST be a self-starter. If there’s not something going on, it’s really nice to have someone that just starts doing small tasks to help out.

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    ABOUT THE WORK WITH A-TEAM AND B-TEAM DOGS 1TH OF AUGUST - 1TH OF DECEMBER
    - Work with both A-team and B-team dogs
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dogyards
    - Dogtraining
    - Walking and socialization of puppies
    - Chopping meat for the dogs with an axe
    - Feeding our reindeer from november
    - Shoveling snow when the snow comes
    - Take part in the reindeer calf marking in august and the slaughtering in september, october, november and december
    - Help with cutting reindeer meat and pack it in the freezer
    - Picking berries in august/september

    IMPORTANT: In this part of the year you will be driving with a car between the two kennels, and it is necessary to have a driving license. In august we start training the dogs about 5-10 km, and we are increasing the amount of training every month. In november the trips are between 50 and 100 km. If you wanna take part in the dog-training, we EXPECT you to take part in ALL the dogtraining, not only the "sunny-days". It means that the training days are LONG, sometimes hard in tough weather, and it will be much more than 5-hour days.

    Please note that we will be slaughtering some reindeer. You will NOT be asked to kill any reindeer, but you will see them die via a knife to the base of the skull (which paralyzes them) and then a cut to the throat to drain the blood. We will then skin and butcher the reindeer, and may ask for some help with this. After taking the meat back home, we will need to cut it down into smaller chunks that we can easily pull out of the freezer to eat. You will be expected to help cut down the meat. We want to give people a heads up on this so you know what you’re getting into.

    Please also notice that our house and dog-kennel is located in the forest with no next door neighbors, outside a small town, and you won't have a lot of transport possibilities. You will work most of your time alone. If you like to be around a lot of people all the time, this is not the correct place for you. If you are not in balance with yourself, it might be too isolated for you here.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    • Minimum age of 25
    • 3 months minimum stay
    • Driver’s License
    • In good physical shape
    • You have no health problems that limits you in doing physical work
    • Great communication skills
    • Hardworking, responsible, and flexible with work
    • You must have a passion for sleddogs and genuinely interested in dogs
    • Ability to eat reindeer meat (most of our meals)
    • You MUST be a self-starter. If there’s not something going on, it’s really nice to have someone that just starts doing small tasks.

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    YOUR APPLICATION SHOULD INCLUDE:
    • A few sentences about yourself and where you’re coming from
    • A few sentences about your passion for sleddogs and why you want to volunteer with us
    • How long you intend to stay and dates
    • Previous Workaways and past work experiences
    • Language Skills
    • Allergies or dietary restrictions
    • If you are available for a Skype interview before being accepted
    • You should also mention if you want to work in Finland with tourists or in Vesterelv (Or both places).

    We get so many messages on a daily basis that aren’t personalized, so unfortunately if you don’t include the information we are asking for, we can’t accept your application.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    Please notice that our work and schedules will often change due to weather and animals, and we expect you to be flexible with changing work schedules and days off. This is NOT a 9-16 job!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Norwegian, Sami, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    VESTERELV: You will have your own bedroom, livingroom and bathroom. You will share kitchen with us.

    FINLAND: You will live in a small, shared, cabin without electricity and water, no cooking opportunities (There is the supermarket about 5 km from the cabin where we buy food ).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are remote, with only 900 inhabitants in the entire municipality. There is a village 5km away with a restaurant and bar, musem and a few other things. It is possible to get a bus to the nearby towns, but the busroutes are limited. Tana Bru is 20km away, Vadsø 55km and Kirkenes 120km. These places have amenities like cinemas, pubs, shopping centres etc.

    The nearest airports are Kirkenes and Vadsø, although it is probably cheaper and more convenient to fly to Kirkenes.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn about huskies, their behavour, dogsledding, dog-care, dog-racing, reindeer and also about the sami culture. Maybe you will also get the opportunity to participate in a dog-race. Here are a lot of opportunities, and what you learn depends on how active, motivated and receptive you are, and what time of the year you are coming here.

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    Hours expected

    About 5 hours 5 days a week, some days less, some days more. Work is endless when you have animals and the more time you spend around the animals, the happier they are! :) We need a volunteer who is flexible with working hours.

My Photo Album

Dogs running free
Sledding from the dogyard in Vesterelv
Volunteers are chopping meat for the dogs with an axe every day :)
A volunteer participating in a dograce
A volunteer feeding the reindeer
Ragne feeding the reindeer
Our reindeer
Dogtraining in summertime
A volunteer playing with the puppies :)
The dogyard in Vesterelv.
The dogs are running free in the dogyard every day.
The dog kennel in Vesterelv and the house in the background
The house in Vesterelv were you will be living
















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