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VOLUNTEER / WORK EXCHANGE

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

If you would like to work with us as a short or longer term volunteer 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!


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.   Days off are 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.

Most staff participate in our Husky School Program. They 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 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 can choose their own groceries and cook for themselves in a shared staff kitchen stocked with dishes and cookware.  Groceries are charged to the company account to our volunteers.   The Arctic Chalet has wireless high speed internet for communicating with friends and family.  WIFI is not meant for downloading movies, music or other entertainment.

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. A staff contract/agreement must be signed before starting work.

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 some 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.  Also inform us of any other practical skills you may have including past experience using those skills.   We need to know your availability so please give us the time frame that you would be available for.  Email this insormation to:  

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       Be at the kennels on time or early.  Work at the kennels snow shoveling, cleaning pens & feeding dogs

9 am       Get a good breakfast.  No meals are to be eaten during working hours.

10 am     Misc. yard work or housekeeping, light office work and/or other cleaning duties etc.
1 pm       Dog sled tour, training or other work
2 or 3 pmLunch time (sometimes 30 min, but usually 1 hr)

4 pm       Spend time with the dogs, walking or grooming them.
5 pm       Clean the pens and feed the dogs

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: Oct 29 2020    ID: 57807