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Position: Dog Handler / Cleaner
Type: Volunteer Position with Salary, Housing (see below)
Organization: Arctic Chalet Ltd.
Location: Inuvik, Northwest Territories

The Arctic Chalet is a beautifully landscaped eco-friendly, non-smoking tourist establishment located in the Canadian Arctic on the outskirts of Inuvik, Northwest Territories. We provide beautiful cabin accommodations and eco-friendly adventure tours above the Arctic circle.

Want to volunteer or be employed at the Arctic Chalet?

We currently have positions available for healthy, PHYSICALLY FIT volunteer workers who are passionate about dogs and would enjoy living and working with us in the Arctic for the summer season or perhaps longer.


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 attend cultural community events and participate in some of our adventure tours and may also have the opportunity to travel to other Arctic communities via the famous ice roads or by air in the summer. Staff can enjoy campfires together, canoeing, skiing and skijouring and hiking right from the property. We live in a land where nature is King.

Our employees/volunteers will have the opportunity to learn some skills that are unique to cold northern climates such as learning to drive snowmobiles, walk on snowshoes and drive ATV 4-wheelers in summer with huskies pulling them. They also get lots of experience driving dog teams in winter and skiers can learn how to skijour with a husky. We try to give everyone the best possible northern experience!

The Dogs & Kennel Work

Our White Huskies are a unique white, blue-eyed Arctic husky breed and are beautiful, intelligent, strong 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! The experience to be gained here working with our huskies is amazing!

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 visiting dogs on a daily basis. Sometimes we take on boarding dogs for people in the community. Kennel duties include feeding, watering, cleaning pens and shovelling snow. Staff will help with exercising and training the dogs individually and in teams.

In summer we exercise the dogs using 4-wheeler ATVs which sometimes includes taking tourists along for a short tour. In winter we use dog sleds for training runs and dog sled tours. Our staff help prepare guests for their tour and provide support on snowmobiles during the tours.

Room and Board & WIFI

We will provide free housing, usually in a private room which includes towels, bedding & all utilities. Staff members purchase their own groceries and cook for themselves in a shared staff kitchen stocked with dishes and cookware. A food allowance is included for short-term volunteers without salary. For those staying for the summer months or longer we are offering a small monthly salary. Staff also receive a limited amount of high-speed wireless internet each day and a laundry facility is available for staff use.


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. Employees should practice good hygiene and be clean, neat and tidy, non-smoking, non-drinking and drug-free with no visible tattoos, body piercings or radical hair styles. A staff contract/agreement must be signed before starting work.

Our volunteers should be mature, good team players, have a friendly personality, radiate a positive attitude and must be flexible with work and schedules. We run a split schedule between yard work, cleaning guest rooms, doing other misc. jobs and working at the dog kennels.

If you have some experience with animals or dogs in particular and can relate well to them, have a spirit of adventure, love nature and being outside and are ambitious, this work opportunity may be perfect for you!


Please email us with some recent photos, 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! Contact:
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GoodWork ID: 40357       Date posted to May 11 2017

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