Help us with our guest cabins in the southern Yukon wilderness, Canada

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  • Description

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    ******Hello Workawayers******
    Yukon Winter is approaching......if you're an outdoor person, not shying away from many degrees below freezing, wood chopping, re-fuelling snowmachines and sitting out on the frozen lake with our tourists to see the Northern Lights (and the chance to hear wolves howling!), drop us a note! Winter season started in February 2017. Helpers would come for a few weeks at a time*****

    Hi there,
    we are a young couple operating a remote wilderness resort in southern Yukon. We have no road access and live in a stunning, mountainous area on the shores of a huge and fish rich lake.
    We have 4 small guest cabins and summer is our busy season, we welcome guests from all over the world, most of them well-traveled and very affluent - we offer them a quiet little piece of paradise with a touch of luxury. there are hot showers in the main house and 2 full bathrooms. The cabins have no running water but are very cozy and decorated with a love for detail. Quality of service and product is our main goal, as we provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our guests.

    We also have a small organic greenhouse that needs some attention, as well as 2 dogs and 1 cat. We work hard and play hard, enjoying midnight-sun and fishing whenever possible.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    you can learn about hospitality from 2 professionals (we give references to good helpers), you can learn how to fish, boat, cook, and learn about the amazing wildlife and northern ecosystem.
    if suitable, you can join us on unique excursions we undertake with our guests, such as hiking and boating. you'll get to immerse in the pristine nature and see how wilderness cooking is done and tours are guided at a high quality level.

  • Help

    Help

    Here is what we are looking for:

    March - mid-April:
    already found someone for that period, thanks for all your interest.

    - approx. April 25 - Mai 31:
    Ice break-up time! Every year an exciting event, during which we do most of or construction and building work, spiced up with nature walks and wildlife viewing whenever we can, looking for the first bear awake and enjoying the life coming back into nature!
    --> For this exciting period of the year, we are looking for someone with experience in carpentry/building and/or landscaping as there is a lot of construction work going on (roofing, outhouse-digging, making furniture, fire smarting).
    --> The period of the ice break-up can last anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks, so your plans should be flexible.
    --> if you are a carpenter on "wanderschaft", that might just be the place for you to be for a few weeks! We are outside a lot, working during the day and hanging out on the lake in the evenings, waiting for the ice to go out.
    --> During this period, we will be completely landlocked so you'd have to be comfortable being in isolation for that time

    - June - September:
    We are looking for housekeeping help. Clean cabins and main house, make fire for water heating, prepare cabins for new arrivals, help in kitchen with food prepping, setting/clearing table and yes, some dishwashing (we do have a machine also!)
    For this task, you need to ideally be an outgoing, well educated person with a flair for the outdoors.

    Ideally, you are at least 23 years old and would stay with us for longer than just 1 week or two, because our operation takes a while to understand and feel comfortable with. And also, we'd like to teach you everything we know about our surroundings, the abundant wildlife (we've got it all!) and the fishing, if you are interested.

    Remoteness gets a whole new meaning at our place - the next road is 15km away! You would have to be comfortable with being in the wilderness for weeks at a time, and also know what to do with yourself during your days off. We cannot go to town (Whitehorse) very often. We enjoy our lifestyle and are happy to share our home with someone who has an open yet quiet personality, the will to work, and passion for the outdoors.

    We speak english, german, french and our guests are mostly from the German parts of Europe.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    German, English, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    potential helpers stay in a fixed wall tent, complete with bedding, a table and chair and some storage. no sleeping bag needed. for the colder months, we provide a small woodstove to heat your tent. You'll live like the prospectors used to in a classic canvas tent!
    You can use all the same facilities than the guests use, plus are free to use our (limited!) satellite internet.
    Helpers eat with family/guests and the food is healthy and home-cooked.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Yukon is one of the last frontier in today's world and we are fortunate enough to life in the middle of it! Over the years, we have acquired a wealth of knowledge and skills that we can share with you, everything from cooking, boating, fishing, wildlife and wilderness survival.

    There are kayaks and a canoe that can be used by helpers to explore the area. Also, you can use our fishing gear and acquire some fishing skills yourself. Depending on when you are with us, you may be able to join us on hikes and other trips with guests and learn about guiding, fishing and wilderness cooking.

    We also teach you everything you want and need to know about life in the bush, safety and survival and about the abundant wildlife in the area. We are keen photographers and happy to share our knowledge there as well.

    We love what we do and where we are. We are deeply appreciative of anyone who wants to come and help us and learn about our lifestyle and hospitality. However, as you can see below in the comment section, the wilderness is not for everyone. It can get to you if you don't know what to do with yourself or if you have this romantic notion about life in the bush as many TV shows portray - life in the bush is unpredictable, sometimes hard and sometimes unforgivable.

    We spend a lot of time training our helpers and showing them everything there is to know, so you have the ground laid out to benefit from your stay with us. What you do with that - is up to you.
    We do expect some level of consciousness as to what it involves to receive wealthy guests from around the world. There is enough downtime for you to enjoy the surroundings, cast a line from the dock, chat with guests or go for a stroll. But we do also expect our helpers to be flexible and think on their feet.

    Just a few more pointers for you - we'll never be able to tell you all, and the pictures can't do it justice. But we guarantee you if you are open for anything, you'll love it here just as we do!

  • 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?

    One

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    Hours expected

    5

This NEVER gets old....promised!
you wanna do your own little project, like building an ice rink? go ahead, enjoy the fresh air :-)
dogsled parking on the lake shore....help to make sure people are read and geared up for their adventure. be ready with a hot tea when they're back....
beautiful but short days...this is 10h30 am in december :-)
ice fishing with guests in the winter sun
guest arrival in the winter. nope, no road. just an icefield....
beautiful sunset after almost 20hours of daylight!
view from the dock on a quiet, hot summer day (yes, it gets hot in the Yukon!)
interior of a guest cabin
our fishing & excursion boat. a nice toy!







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