From: United States
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Samoa, Sweden, Switzerland, United States
01/05/2018 - 31/12/2021
My name is Rising and I am a slow-traveler and itinerant at heart who is happiest in the woods and mountains, by moving water, and under the sunlight. I have beentraveli ng year round as a digital nomad for about 6 years now, working remotely as a copy editor and assistant, handling and running sled dogs in the winters, and often spending summers in the tropics. Through numerous work trades I have had the pleasure of expanding my skills, exploring new areas of interest and growing my network of beloved connections with new friends far and wide.
I am someone who deeply appreciates and reveres wildlife and the natural world. I love to be outdoors, work with my hands, learn all manner of useful and artistic things, and broaden my general knowledge. Music (listening, playing and singing), yoga and acroyoga, self-care and personal investment, holistic health, genuine human connection and affection are at the core of my vision for a fulfilled life.
My current interests I’m looking to pursue include general survival and wilderness skills, general manual skills and building, knot tying, hoisting & rigging, tree work, tile & brick laying, mosaics and stained glass, singing and playing music, acroyoga and general acrobatics, and anything related to mustelids. I have experience with some hand and power tools but would really like to learn to properly operate a chainsaw and continue learning the uses and methods of just about all hand tools and power tools. If you will teach, I will learn!
I value clear communication, emotional fluency, openness with people from all walks of life, and a mindful lifestyle that fosters increasing connection with my self, others, and the natural world. I am a hopeless romantic for variety in life and will always try something new given the chance.
I have lived in many places and done many Workaways, almost all wonderful experiences. I have spent three seasons working with sled dogs—first in Alaska as a yard hand, then in Minnesota as a tour guide, and then in the Yukon & AK as a handler for an Iditarod racer. In the coming seasons I hope to run mid-distance races with the right kennel.
For recreation and pleasure I love singing and making music, walking, hiking, mountain & road biking, hot springs, rivers, rock climbing, acroyoga, snowsports, being with dogs, board games and puzzles, making fires, cooking, baking and organizing.
I am a responsible, reliable and considerate person who values clear communication and transparency, so I'm easy to work with and live with. I can listen well and follow specific directions, or work within broader parameters if need be. I can think critically to accomplish tasks and observe when things need to be done.
I'm a quick learner and love working with both my hands and mind. While I can work very efficiently, I also value quality and generally prefer to do things right rather than just get them done quickly. I'm very neat, clean and organized and always try to leave things better than I found them. My temperament is quite mellow and easygoing.
I am highly trustworthy, can provide excellent detail-oriented care, and can handle a high level of responsibility in a variety of settings. I spent 4 years running a professional pet care service, providing hundreds of walks and hikes, overnight pet sitting, pet boarding and house sitting for dozens of clients.
More specific skills:
-I can run manual and automatic ATV including backing up with loaded trailer
-I am a licensed driver with perfect record, can drive manual, and can drive in winter conditions including trucks
-I can run a snowblower, snowmachine, pressure washer, log splitter, and split wood by hand
-I can efficiently manage woodburning in an outdoor wood boiler and indoor wood stove
-I have cared for all manner of farm animals including llamas & alpacas, sheep, horses, pigs and newborn piglets, ducks/geese/chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats; I have also helped care for many gardens and food plants
-I have great organizational skills—I have worked as a professional home organizer and understand how to arrange a space for efficiency, functionality and aesthetic appeal whether in the home, garage, shed or shop
-I have directed real estate staging, estate sales, decluttering and moving processes
-I have highly professional customer relations skills having worked several years as an airbnb vacation rental management assistant, communicating directly with guests to resolve issues and ensure quality experience
-I have skills in writing, copy editing, most computer operating systems, Wordpress website design, WP Bakery front/backend and WP UX Builder, aWeber and FloDesk email campaign services
-I am proficient in Spanish speaking and writing, basic listening and speaking in Thai
-I have completed two 30-hour AcroYoga Immersion trainings and can teach yoga & acroyoga fundamentals
-I can safely run a 9-10 dog team and have experience running educational winter dog sled tours in a highly professional setting, guiding passengers up to 250 lbs. on rides through dense, curvy and hilly woods
-I have experience teaching proper interaction and handling of sled dogs, assessing dog body language and communication, training fundamentals, sled safety, trail safety and emergency protocol
-I can teach kennel guests/volunteers how to run their very first team in a safe and controlled manner
-I have worked as a handler for an Iditarod musher and managed the responsibilities of driving 3/4 ton dog truck, retrieving and caring for drop dogs, handling at race starts, helping with general preparations and packing drop bags, training runs, making necklines, administering medications, sorting and organizing gear, etc.
-With experience at 4 kennels over 3 years, I can cook, feed, clean and watch after a kennel of 30+ dogs including properly assessing dog weight and hydration, general kennel maintenance, chopping meat, snow removal, etc.
-I can adhere to strict training protocols if needed and can continue applying a musher's dog & puppy training methods in their absence; I understand the importance of training, protocol and safety
More details about my language interests
Quiero practicar mi español. Empecé a estudiar español en kínder y continué hasta la universidad.
I work online part-time so I usually try to find Workaways with internet access. It is important to me to have the space to stretch out and do my daily yoga where I will not be impeding on others’ space. (I also love to practice partner yoga and acroyoga, and can teach!)
I'm really interested right now in learning about knots, rigging and operating a chainsaw. I also love ceramics and would appreciate the chance to get back into hand building.
I am a singer and also play the piano. I absolutely love to sing and make music with just about anyone. I also enjoy games of all types (especially board games) and always love learning new ones—I think they're a great way to spend time with people.
Special dietary requirements
Vegetarian (eggs, milk, butter, cheese ok)