Sample Work Schedule (Sunday through Friday)
9-10 am Clean pens & feed dogs
10-1 pm Misc. yard work, snow shoveling, housekeeping and other misc. cleaning duties
2-4 pm Finish work projects
5-6 pm Feed dogs and clean kennels
*These times are a guideline and may vary from day to day.
*Dog sledding/training or tours will be scheduled morning or afternoon instead of other activities depending on the time of year.
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 winter 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!
As owners of the business we also try to include our staff in some of our own family activities and adventures. We enjoy havingng 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
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 hard-working and efficient workers who are 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.
Although our property is only a couple of kilometers from the town of Inuvik, we prefer staff members who want 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 have some experience with animals or dogs in particular and can relate well to them, and if you are ambitious and have a spirit of adventure, love nature and enjoy being outside, this experience and work opportunity may be perfect for you!
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 Whitehorse so you will most likely overnight there on your way north.
Please email us some recent photos of yourself along with a resume and a letter of introduction telling about yourself and why you would like to work here with us in the Arctic.