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Position: Volunteers & Employees
Organization: Arctic Chalet
Location: Inuvik, Northwest Territories

If you would like to work with us as a volunteer in exchange for food and housing or as a longer term employee starting next 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: 

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

Want to volunteer or be Employed at the Arctic Chalet?  

We have positions available 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 for short or long term.  We can give you an extraordinary experience!



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 gravel road in the summer.  Staff can enjoy watching movies, enjoying campfires together, canoeing, fishing, skiing and skijoring and hiking or snowshoeing on trails that start from the property.  We live in a land where we are surrounded by nature.  

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.  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. 

The Dogs & Kennel Work

Working with the dogs is volunteer work for all and is part of our Husky School program.  Our White Huskies are a unique white, blue-eyed Arctic husky breed and are beautiful, intelligent, strong and have wonderful dispositions. There are 38 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 own 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 shoveling snow.  Staff will help with exercising and training the dogs individually and in teams.  We try to run our dogs on a daily basis with one or two rest days in between. Our staff help prepare guests for their tour and provide support during the tours.  

Room and Board, Salary & WIFI

We will provide free housing, usually in a private room  which includes towels, bedding & all utilities. Employees 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.    Staff also receive a limited amount of high-speed wireless internet each day (enough for emails) 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 which includes the use of Canabis, also no visible tattoos, body piercings or radical hair styles. A staff contract/agreement must be signed before starting work.  A driver's licence is a real asset!

Our volunteers are 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 work with the dogs although that is the most fun part.  Be prepared to do some serious cleaning and other work as well. You will meet and serve many wonderful people from all over the world. 

Non-dog related work is required for all volunteers, about 4 hours a day.  If you are staying longer term and are being paid a salary, your pay will cover about four-five hours of your daily work, you will pay for your groceries from your salary and you will carry more responsibility and possibly work longer hours if necessary.  We are also hiring long term for at least one year starting this next spring or summer 2020.

Although our property is only a couple of kilometers from the town of Inuvik, we prefer staff members who choose to spend most of their free time on the premises enjoying the natural environment around them.  We have complementary canoes, a lake right behind the cabins and the river close by  as well as nice walking trails.  (If you want to socialize and make friends in town, get a job in town!)

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: 


Please email us some recent photos of yourself along with a resume and a letter of introductiontelling about yourself and why you would like to work here with us in the Arctic.  You may include practical skills such as your ability to run machinery, use hand tools etc. 

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 and other cleaning duties etc.
1 pm         Lunch (30 minutes - 1 hour)  Depends on work projects

2 pm to 3 or 4 pm   Finish work projects and spend time with the dogs, brushing, walking etc.
5-6 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)
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: Oct 1 2019    ID: 54864