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Position: Dog Handler/Housekeeper
Host: Arctic Chalet & White Husky Kennels
Location: near Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Type: volunteer position with $1,200 monthly stipend, housing (see below)

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.  This opportunity is for those who are passionate about learning all about husky sled dogs.

Positions Available

We currently have one position available for a healthy, PHYSICALLY FIT person who would be available to work with us for this upcoming winter season  We are hoping to hire someone who is hard working and who would enjoy living and working with us in our diverse tourism business for eight  months to a year. This position is available starting in September 2021.  (Other positions may also be available)

General Benefits

To live and work in the Arctic is a wonderful adventure and for many 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 you 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.  Staff can use our guest canoes on their day off to paddle on the lake behind the guest cabins.


We provide staff housing as part of the agreement to help care for our huskies, usually in a private staff room or small cabinfurnished with towels and bedding. All rooms have heat and electricity 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 at no cost to staff.


Staff members are taken to town once a week to purchase their own 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 $1,200 will be paid to help cover some of the work hours that are not part of the work/exchange program for helping out with our huskies. Staff are not paid by the hour but will work a full day (6-8 hours) six days a week with most Saturdays off.  Here you will be working, not so much for money as for a unique experience in the Arctic.   Staff members buy their own groceries from their stipend, but pay nothing for housing, internet, utilities and special outings and adventures that are part of the Work/Exchange program.  Transportation to and from town for groceries is also included in this.

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 bonuses and privileges.


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. 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). This includes no visible tattoos, body piercings or radical hair styles. For men we require a short clean-cut hair style that is also applicable to beards and this standard will be maintained throughout the work term. Most importantly, staff must hold a valid Canadian work permit upon arrival. We do not get involved with sponsorships if you are from another country.


A driver’s licence is a requirement and a drivers’ abstract (driving record) will be required for all drivers of company vehicles. You can request this record from your Motor Vehicles agency as soon as you have been accepted into our program.

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 towards people.  These sled dogs require lots of affection but also a firm hand and good management as some can be somewhat aggressive with each other at times.  There are 24 adults currently living in our kennel and puppies are on the way and due to be born in July!  Yea!  We are all very excited!

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 them 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.  We run them in teams all year round.

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 can self-isolate right here on the property.  Please check with Protect NWT to see what the isolation requirements are.  If you are in Canada the process should be pretty straight forward.


Please read our VOLUNTEER page on the web site and then email us and include several clear, 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. 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: Jun 4 2021    ID: 60096