Being a handler with us

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Thank you for your interest to be part of our little team and our life!

We usually host 2 to 3 persons year-round, depending on the season : dogsledding guide, au-pair in our house or volunteer with different projects. In exchange we offer food and accommodation, an insight into the Norwegian culture and lifestyle, and a lot of unforgettable experiences with our dogs! We sometimes share dinners and meal preparations together : everyone is welcome to share their cooking skills, new tastes are always appreciated. If you want to take part in the work with tourism, we can discuss a payment.

We ask you to visit for 2 months minium - preferably 3 or more. This is important for us, because it gives you a chance to get to know all of us, and get into our way of life. It also allows you to settle in properly, and learn new skills.

INTERESTED?

Seeking motivated and hard-working persons, who gives the individual dogs what they deserve! It's nice if you have a previous experience with animals or carpentry, but the main thing is to be highly motivated to help and join the team. Here is our activity during each season :

SPRING April - June

Work in the dog yard, morning & evening
Chopping and collecting firewood for next winter
Planting seeds in the garden : flowers, potatoes, carrots...
Small repairs and painting
Tidying up after snow melting
Shopping in Rundhaug / Bardufoss, we therefore ask that you have a driver license

SUMMER June - August

(Be aware that we get lots of mosquitoes from mid June until the end of July)

Work in the dog yard, morning & evening
Building projects :
> Log-cabin in the dog yard, helping-hand with traditional carpenters
> New cages & dog-houses
> Fencing the running area

Socialise puppies, daily walks
General gardening, vegetable garden, picking berries & mushrooms, making juice and marmelade
Shopping in Rundhaug / Bardufoss, we therefore ask that you have a driver license

AUTUMN August - November

Chopping and collecting firewood for next winter

Work in the dog yard, morning & evening
Training season start in August. In September we get the first guests on dog-karting tours, and we are busy with tours and expeditions until the beginning of May. We train the dogs when it is below +12 C. We use a ATV vehicle and a cart until the snow comes.
Equipment : preparing sleds and lines for the winter
Gardening : picking berries & mushrooms, making juice and marmelade
Prepare moose meat that Espen and Delphine brings from hunting
Serve meals and coffee to guests
Log-house : cleaning kitchen and guest bedrooms
Shopping in Rundhaug / Bardufoss, we therefore ask that you have a driver license

WINTER November - April

In November we get the first guests on dogsledding tours, and we are busy with tours and expeditions until the beginning of May
Work in the dog yard, morning & evening
Repair equipment, sleds etc. Prepare for the sled tours
Clean and prepare the log-house between groups
Serve dinner and meals to guests
Shopping in Rundhaug / Bardufoss, we therefore ask that you have a driver license

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

• 2 months stay mini, preferably longer
• Genuinely interested in dogs!
• Driving license
• Hardworking, responsible, and flexible with work, good physical shape
• Self-driven / autonomous, if there’s not something going on, it’s really nice to have someone that just starts doing small tasks to help out!  
• Team-player, autonomous with your laundry, cooking and cleaning
• Correct level of English

Due to our multiple activities, we can be away for some weeks, so you should be able to take initiatives and self-driven. It's not a 9 to 5 job but our lifestyle! It’s important that you are flexible, and so are we, as it is generally long days.

Regarding your application, when you look at the activities listed above, how would you prioritise your time with us?

75% outdoor - 25% indoor
75% indoor - 25% outdoor
50% indoor/outdoor

Please say something about this when you apply. It is important for us to understand your wishes and to be able to put together the best team!

PLEASE INCLUDE

• Possible dates
• A few sentences about yourself, where you’re coming from, why to join our team?
• Previous experiences
• Allergies or dietary restrictions
• Language skills

There will be a 2 weeks trial period, after which we can both decide about next steps! Please recognise that the work on a husky farm can be hard sometimes, especially in winter when the temperatures are low (- 20°). The dogs have to be fed every day, the cleaning has to be done irrelevant how the weather is.

GETTING THERE - AIRPORTS

Bardufoss (BDU) is the closest airport, about 20 minutes from our lodge, time table on www.sas.no from Oslo
Tromsø (TOS) is also a good option, about 2h30 drive, international flights and connecting bus line 100 to Buktamoen

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