We are looking for someone to help take care of our Alaskan Huskies! Kennel help needed from summer 2020, potentially longer. We are a family with 21 Alaskan Huskies. I, Silje, compete in long distance dog sledding races from January until April - one race per month. My mother, Berit, and my father, Åge, are helping me with the dogs, but as the kennel is twice the size compared to last year, along with Åge and Berit working full time and Silje studying, we could use some extra help. Depending on the season there are different tasks to be completed in taking care of the huskies & the dog yard. You will need to do tasks independently as much of the help is done alone.
Experience with huskies is preferred, but not necessary. We will teach you all you need to know helping at our kennel.
NB: You should stay at least 2 months
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You will learn to work with, feed, clean & train Alaskan Huskies as well as the puppies. You will also experience the Northern way of living and gain an insight into life in the Arctic.
The nature is amazing, the dogs are fun to be with (even though its tough), the Sami culture is interesting so this will definitively be an nice experience.
We are looking for a motivated, hard working person. The training of the dogs runs right through from August to April, with races from January to April. Off seasons starts in April. The dogs are not competing but there is still a lot of work and training that has to be done. The help needed includes an array of tasks, for example, preparing food & feeding the dogs, cleaning the dog yard, replacing straw in the dog kennels, putting on and removing harnesses, general repairs in the kennel, maintenance (fencing, mending cages, dog-houses and dog-sled equipment). We also need help to pack and prepare for the races and you have to be prepared for a lot of physical work and long days. Helping with sled dogs is a lot of fun, but also a lot of hard work. Ideally, we are looking for persons that can stay here for a longer period of time - minimun 2 months or longer as it takes time to learn all about the dogs, tasks and routines. If we think you will manage to go dogsledding, you also take the dogs out training.
We are an active family who loves to be outdoors. The main goal for the season is the longest dog sledding race in Europe – the Finnmarksløpet (march 2021). In addition, we are having a few puppy litters and we will need help to take care of them, socializing them and playing with them.
As much of the help will be done alone, you will need to be independent, self-driven and take initiative. This is not an 8 – 4 job, but a lifestyle. Some days will be more than 5-hour days, and other days will be less than five hours depending of tasks of the day. There will be long days and heavy tasks, but we will have lots of fun during the time, and you will get to learn a lot about a dogsledding kennel and dogsledding in general.
· Good physical shape with no health problems preventing you from doing physically strenuous
· Responsible, organized and hardworking
· Have a passion for dogs
· Keen to learn
· Maintenance (fencing, repairing cages, dog-houses and sled-dog equipment)
· Should be able to see jobs that to be done – without having to constantly be told/directed
· Keep calm in stressful situations
You have to be able to:
· Feed the dogs 2-3 times a day
· Keep the dog yard clean
· Socialize with puppies & the older dogs
· Help us prepare for the training and also train dogs when we (and you) think you are ready
· Help us to pack for the races
· Improve the trails
· Cut meat and prepare the dog food
The list is even longer and varies from month to month, but the above tasks give a good indication. It’s a lot of hard work at the kennel, but you will be taught & guides with what you don’t know. While its hard, it’s a lot of fun with sled dogs, preparing for races and learning about this dogsledding/arctic lifestyle. You will experience beautiful nature, see the Northern Light (northern light seasons is from mid August till early march) and have many amazing memories with the dogs.
Board and lodging. You’ll get your own bedroom in our home and live with the family.
We live 2 km from the town centre of Karasjok - a small town with 2800 inhabitants. So you have to enjoy a quieter lifestyle and get your stimulation from the nature/outdoors, as there are no pubs or the usual stimulus found in cities.
You can search for Karasjok on google and read about the town. You can easily walk from our home to the town centre
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