Enjoy living with a nearby lake and lots of projects to get done in Boreal Forest, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    I am looking for people who can work independently, have some carpentry experience or interest/willingness to learn. Knowing a 2x4 from a 2x6 from a random piece of wood is good. Knowing how to drive a manual transmission vehicle is also a plus.
    All work is outside so be prepared for rain or cold... or sunshine.
    You need to be vaccinated and believe in science.

    Here's what I have...

    An awesome 14" round yurt with electricity and internet... on a lake... with beautiful birches and birds and moose...

    I live in a cabin and have a yurt on 24 acres. I think volunteers would be interested in staying in the boreal forest (spruce/birch) and learn a bit about life in the far north... I heat with wood but I do have electricity. I have one sled dog. I live alone and work full time so it has been difficult to keep up with all the things around the homestead. I could use some help. :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am a former park ranger (Denali National Park) and outdoor educator and can teach you about Alaska history, plants and animals, processing salmon or butchering moose depending on the season and a lot more. I have 24 acres of peaceful Alaskan boreal forest. You can learn what it is like to live in a small rural village in Alaska. You can learn about sled dogs, building, heating with wood, berry picking, smoking salmon. There is a lake to canoe and stand up paddleboard and swim in when it is warm enough. I also have a sauna. I have bicycles and a spare car.

  • Help

    Help

    Here are my projects:

    Haul, split and stack firewood. You will haul wood our of the forest, cut to length, learn how to split wood and stack wood safely (so it doesn't fall on me or my dog after you leave). Split lots and lots of kindling.

    Some rehabilitation on the sauna is needed. It is functional but needs some TLC.

    Finish putting up siding on my house. This is an easy job and not even too high off the ground (8' ladder). It goes fast with two people.

    Painting the trim on my house.

    Building a boardwalk. Every Workaway person has helped build my boardwalk. It is about 50 feet long and I need another 50 feet built.

    Brushing out a trail on my property using small hand tools (lopper, saw). This project has been on the list forever and never seems to get done. Maybe this is the year!

    Tools you may learn how to use: chop saw, circular saw, sawsall, chainsaw, jigsaw, screw guns, hammer, axe, shovel.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You would be sleeping in a 14' yurt. The yurt is heated with a wood stove. There is a double bed in the yurt... so one person or couple. The yurt is very private and has its own trail. There is an outhouse nearby. Gravity cold water available in summer. You can use my indoor plumbing for laundry and bathing. There is a fridge and small propane stove in the yurt for your own cooking.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I live only 7 miles from the fun and funky village of Talkeetna. There are restaurants, bars, rafting, fishing, flight seeing, zipline, a museum, arts hangar, concerts, etc. Talkeetna is a jumping off place for getting into the backcountry and mountain climbing. I have an extra bicycle and there is a bike path into town. There is a shuttle into town that runs daily. I have an extra vehicle (beater with a heater) if you have a valid driver's license.

    I am on a lake with a canoe. There are some easy trails nearby for walking and biking... and fantastic hiking trails in Denali State Park about 50 miles away for tundra hiking.
    I live alone and am fairly quiet. I've lived here about 20 years and work in downtown Talkeetna.

    I would expect volunteers to take good care of my dog, ask questions if they don't understand the project (building, painting, etc.) Let me know if they are not interested in doing something... there are lots of things to do here. Clean up after themselves and put tools away after using them. (Don't leave stuff out in the rain!)
    These are not projects that require heavy lifting but you should be physically fit and have some construction experience or aptitude... or willingness to learn.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I've got a big driveway with electricity.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    If they are friendly dogs then that is okay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week

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