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VOLUNTEER / WORK EXCHANGE

Positions: Volunteers with Pay
Host: Arctic Chalet
Location: Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada

If you would like to work with us as a short or longer term volunteer with pay starting now or this summer please contact us.  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 here with us in the Arctic: judi@arcticchalet.com 

Make sure you can afford the flights to Inuvik before you apply for work!


Want to volunteer with pay at the Arctic Chalet?  

We have positions available immediately for healthy, PHYSICALLY FIT volunteer workers who are interested in tourism and who are passionate about dogs; people who would enjoy living and working with us in the Arctic short and long term, 6 months to a full year(long term) or just for this comming summerSummer Volunteers receive a salary even if they just work for the summer.  We can give you an extraordinary experience!

VOLUNTEER/EMPLOYMENT

Benefits

To live and work in the Arctic is a wonderful adventure and for many has been an experience of a lifetime.  Although staff will not spend their free time off the property in town or elsewhere, we will include our staff in some cultural community events and they will also have the opportunity to participate in some of our adventure tours and travelling to other Arctic communities via the famous ice road or by gravel road.  On days off regular work, staff can enjoy watching movies, having campfires together, canoeing, fishing, skiing and skijoring and hiking or snowshoeing on trails that start from the property.  As owners of the business we also try to include our staff in some of our own family activities and adventures.  We enjoy having pot luck meals together and campfire outings, hiking and other activities.  We treat our staff well and are easy to get along with and provide them with a beautiful natural environment.  We live in a land where we are surrounded by nature and it is there for us all to enjoy. 

Days Off

Workers usually get Saturdays off each week with the exception of about one hour of kennel work to feed dogs and do basic clean-up which staff can alternate with each other if they wish.  One or two staff members may take a different day off if housekeeping is required on a Saturday.  Otherwise our office is closed for normal business and we do not offer any tours on Saturday.  Time off is not to be spent in town but rather out in our surrounding natural environment.  Once a week, during the work week, staff are taken to town for grocerie shopping etc.

All of our staff will participate in our Husky School Program. They will  learn some skills that are unique to our cold northern climate such as learning to drive snowmobiles, walking on snowshoes and driving dog teams on training runs.  In summer they will be driving ATV 4-wheelers with huskies pulling them. Free housing is one of the benefits of working with the dogs.

The Dogs & Kennel Work

Working with the dogs is part of our Husky School program. Our White Huskies are a unique white, blue-eyed Arctic husky breed that originated by breeding a white Siberian Husky to a white Alaskan Malamute in Colville Lake, NWT.  Later more Siberian huskies were brought into our kennel for breeding.  These huskies are beautiful, intelligent, strong dogs and have wonderful dispositions. There are 36 adults currently living in our kennel; all in need of many hugs and kisses!  These dogs are very well socialized and interact beautifully with people.   Staff will also help raise and take care of our puppies whenever we have a litter!  There will be a lot of hard work keeping the kennels clean and the snow shovelled out of the pens in winter, but the experience to be gained here working  with our huskies is amazing and worth the effort!   

Our dogs live in a new kennel complex that makes working there very efficient.  Staff share the responsibility of taking care of our huskies and other visiting dogs on a daily basis.   Sometimes we take on boarding dogs for people in the community and our staff help with that as well.   We try to run our dogs on a daily basis, depending on temperatures, with one or two rest days in between. Our staff help prepare guests and equipment for tours  and provide support during the tours.  

Room and Board, Salary & WIFI

Staff housing for volunteers with pay is usually in a private room with electricity and includes towels, bedding & all utilities. A bath house with toilets and showers is available to all.  Volunteers purchase their own groceries  from their salary and cook for themselves in a shared staff kitchen stocked with dishes and cookware.  A food allowance of $100 is available to short-term volunteers without salary working from 8 - 12 weeks.  Housing is free to all.   The Arctic Chalet has wireless high speed internet for communicating with friends and family.

Requirements

As 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.  All should practice good hygiene and look neat and tidy, be non-smoking, non-drinking and drug-free which includes the use of Canabis, also no visible tattoos, body piercings, dreadlocks or other radical hair styles. A staff contract/agreement must be signed before starting work. A driver's licence is required for paid volunteers.

Our volunteers must be hard-working and efficient and should be mature, good team players, have a friendly personality and radiate  a positive attitude.  Flexibility with work and schedules is a must.  We run a split schedule between yard work, cleaning guest rooms, doing other misc. jobs and working at the dog kennels.  Volunteers do not come here just to play and have fun with the dogs, although that is the best part.  Be prepared to do some serious cleaning and other work as well. You will meet and serve many wonderful, mostly retired, conservative people from all over the world.

If you are a hard worker and don't mind doing a variety of menial tasks and if you can relate well to animals or dogs in particular, this northern experience  and work opportunity may be perfect for you.  You will be rewarded for your efforts!

BEFORE SENDING US YOUR APPLICATION... please make sure you can afford the flights to Inuvik.  You will get the best prices with Air North out of Edmonton Alberta or Vancouver British Columbia and some other places they fly to.  Air North bases out of the Yukon in Whitehorse so you will most likely overnight there on your way north.  Go to their web site: www.flyairnorth.com 

APPLICATION:

Please email us some recent photos of yourself along with a resume and a letter of introduction telling about yourself.  You may include practical skills such as your ability to run machinery, use hand tools etc. that may not be on your resume. 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 here with us in the Arctic: judi@arcticchalet.com 


Sample of Summer Work Schedule 

Volunteers’ Daily Schedule (Sunday through Friday)
Saturday is a day off except for feeding dogs at noon

Summer Schedule

8 am         Rise, shine & get breakfast.  Breakfast is a must at our place!  ...and we strongly encourage a healthy diet.
8:30 am    Quick scoop of the pens & hitch up the dogs for morning exercise hooked up to our ATV quads (four wheelers)
9:30 am    Work at the kennels cleaning pens & feeding dogs, walking dogs
10 am       Misc. yard work or housekeeping, light office work and/or other cleaning duties etc.
1 pm         Lunch (30 minutes - 1 hour)  Depends on work projects

2 pm         Finish work projects and spend time with the dogs, brushing, walking etc.
4-5 pm      Feeding dogs and cleaning at the kennels

Winter Schedule

8 am       Rise, shine and have breakfast. Breakfast is a must!
9-10 am  Work at the kennels snow shoveling, cleaning pens & feeding dogs

10 pm     Misc. yard work or housekeeping, light office work and/or other cleaning duties etc.
1 pm       Dog sled tour, training or other work
2 pm       Lunch time (sometimes 30 min, but usually 1 hr)
4-5 pm       Clean the pens and feed the dogs or do it after a dog run.

Note:  These times are a guideline and may vary from day to day depending on tours going on (at times it can get a bit crazy so plan to be flexible!)
*However, 8:30 am (summer) and 9 am work (winter) start at the kennels must be on time or come 5 minutes early.  Never be late!
*Dog sledding and other tours may be scheduled morning or afternoon, depending on the time of year and sometimes will replace other work activities.

 
 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 4 2020    ID: 56314