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Position: Housekeeper/Dog Handler
Company: Arctic Chalet Resort
Location: Near Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Housing provided
Type: Volunteer Position with Stipend or straight Work/Exchange

Property Description

The Arctic Chalet is a beautifully landscaped eco-friendly, non-smoking tourist establishment located near Inuvik in the Canadian Arctic, Northwest Territories. We provide beautiful cabin accommodations, rental cars and other services. We also offer an educational program called Husky School that all of our staff participate in which is separate from the work contract. This is for those who are passionate about learning all about husky sled dogs while working with them.

Position Available

We currently have one position available for a healthy, PHYSICALLY FIT person living in Canada who is hard working and who who would enjoy living and working with us in our diverse business for six months to a year. This position is available immediately and for as long as it takes to fill it. We will also consider a Work/Exchange for a shorter work term.

General Benefits

To live and work in the Arctic is a wonderful adventure and for many it has been an experience of a lifetime. Staff will have the chance to immerse themselves into our natural surroundings where nature is beautiful and wild and where they can experience the varied seasons of the Arctic year. Our staff also have opportunities to participate in some of our personal adventures that may include hiking trips and travel to other Arctic communities. Best of all is the opportunity to help us train our friendly white huskies for dog sled tours.


We provide staff housing, usually in a private staff room furnished with towels and bedding. All rooms have an oil heater and some rooms have
running water, but most do not. We provide a Bath House with showers and flush toilets and sinks for staff use. Also a laundry facility is available to staff at no extra cost.


Staff members are taken to Inuvik once a week to purchase groceries which they prepare and cook for themselves in the staff kitchen stocked with dishes and cookware.


Staff also receive high-speed wireless internet each day for keeping in touch with family and friends via emails. Not meant for entertainment.


A gross monthly stipend of $1,000 will be paid after the first month of volunteer work for those committing to longer work terms greater than six months. This stipend is meant to cover general work duties that are not part of working directly with the dogs. Staff members buy their own
groceries from their stipend or receive food in exchange for work.

Return Flight and Bonus

For those choosing to stay for a full year we will offer a $1,000 bonus plus a flight back to any Canadian destination that Air Canada or one of their connectors flies to when the work term is satisfactorily completed. Staff who leave early will forfeit this bonus and other privileges.


Staff members must be able to relate and communicate well with dogs. Also, because we live in a natural environment close to nature, we would like to find staff who love the out-of-doors and have a healthy natural-looking physical appearance. To meet our conservative standards, employees should practice good hygiene and be clean, neat and tidy, non-smoking, non-drinking and drug-free (includes the use of Canabis).

These requirements also include having no visible tattoos, body piercings or radical hair styles. For men we require a short clean-cut hair style which will be maintained throughout the work term. A staff contract must be signed prior to arrival.

Most importantly, staff must be legal to work in Canada and hold a valid Canadian work permit upon arrival. We do not get involved with


  • Some experience in housekeeping (preferably)
  • A good team work ethic and attitude towards other staff
  • Friendly personality towards staff and customers
  • Good communication skills
  • A driver’s licence (would be an asset)

Volunteer Kennel Work

Our White Huskies are a unique, white, blue-eyed Arctic husky breed (Siberian/Malamute) and are beautiful, intelligent and strong with wonderful dispositions. There are 28 adults currently living in our kennel, all in need of attention! These dogs are very well socialized and interact beautifully with people. We will teach you all about husky sled dogs in our Husky School program.

Our dogs live in a new kennel complex with hot running water and nicely organized pens that makes working there very efficient. Staff share the responsibility of taking care of our huskies and sometimes boarding dogs from the community. Daily kennel duties include feeding, watering, cleaning pens. Staff help with exercising and have the opportunity to train the dogs individually as well as in the dog teams. In summer we exercise the dogs using 4-wheeler ATVs. In winter we use snowmobiles and dog sleds.

So...if you have experience with animals or dogs in particular and can relate well to them, if you are interested in working in the tourism industry, if you have a spirit of adventure and if you love nature and are ambitious, this experience may be perfect for you!

COVID-19 Response

Staff will be required to self-isolate here on the property for the required 14 day period upon arrival from outside of the Northwest Territories. It is important to contact Protect NWT prior to making travel plans.

Application Process

Please read our EMPLOYMENT/VOLUNTEER page on the web site and then email us and include several recent photos or yourself, a resume and
a letter of introduction telling about yourself and why you would like to work up here with us in the Arctic. Make sure you can afford the flights to Inuvik before you apply for work!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 19 2021    ID: 58366