Help with sled dogs and life off grid in a semi-remote location near Fairbanks, Alaska


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    My name is Nita. I live off the grid, 25 miles northwest of Fairbanks, Alaska. We offer tours with sled dogs, and aurora viewing. There is no public transportation and we do not go to town unless it's necessary, usually 1-2 times per week. Cell phones work most of the time. Internet access is very limited. There is no TV.
    There is plenty of solitude, hiking, camping, berry picking, and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Living in a semi remote location in Alaska is an amazing experience. The Alaskan musher lifestyle is unique. Living with sled dogs in an extreme climate with beautiful landscapes and the Aurora Borealis or the midnight sun is like nothing else.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

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    15-20 sled dogs require lots of care and lots of love. Feeding, scooping poop, exercising, training, etc.

    Living off grid requires learning to use solar power, conserving water and more chores in general than living on grid in a city or suburb.

    Summer here means getting ready for winter. The work is physical but rewarding and in a beautiful setting.
    Trail making and maintenance is hard work and safe use of a chainsaw is necessary. Firewood needs to be cut and stacked. Sled dog houses, fencing and gear need to be repaired and replaced.

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  • Accommodation


    We live in a DRY cabin. This means we have no running water. Our toilet is an outhouse. Showers are in town once per week. We get water from town for drinking, cooking, animals, washing etc.

    Day time summer temperatures are around 70 F, nights 35-50F.
    Daytime winter temperatures are -20 to +40F, nights -40 to +20F.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You must love dogs. They are the #1 priority.

    We live 25 miles from town. Typically we go down several times a week but it's not guaranteed. There is no bus line, etc. You would be dependent on us for transportation.

    There's lots of hiking, biking, and wilderness areas to explore.

    If you love dogs, physical activity, solitude and wilderness you'll love it here.

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    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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