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Our team, Arctic Adventure Tours

Current Vacancies

Experienced Dog Sledding Guide: Winter 2023/2024

If you have a one or two seasons experience behind you and are looking for a new challenge, we would love to hear from you!

In peak winter season, we typically run 3 – 4 tours per day (depending on which kennel you join). This means we aim to operate as efficiently and effectively as we can, to make sure each departure is smooth and that everything is made ready for the next guests arrival.

We like our guides to be friendly and welcoming to guests. Staff should take a moment to answer their questions, and build a rapport during the tours. We pride ourselves on cultivating a ‘family feel’, which has led to us receiving so many 5* reviews over the 20 years that we have been in operation.

You will be working in a team of between 8 and 10 winter staff. We expect our staff to support one another, and assist in the guidance and learning of less experienced team members. All staff accommodation has shared communal areas, however everyone has their own private bedroom. We often have ‘Taco nights’, ‘Pirate Parties’ and enjoy cooking for one another during the peak season, just to make free-time a little more homely and easy, when work life is full-speed.

You will need:

  • a good level of spoken english
  • be both independent and enjoy working in a team
  • have a hardworking and enthusiastic attitude
  • an eye for detail and safety and experience in medical record keeping and treatment of dogs
  • experience in treatment of dogs for injuries/sickness
  • experience guiding solo dog-sledding tours with up to 4 guest sleds behind (our tours are all ‘self-drive’)
  • be willing to get stuck in with all kennel tasks, including shovelling snow and picking poo!
  • references from your previous kennel

Added bonus if you have:

  • carpentry/building skills
  • experience driving snowmobiles/quad bikes/Troll wagons
  • experience fixing sleds/harnesses/gang lines etc
  • additional language skills

What we can offer you:

  • on-site accommodation (rent of 500kr per month)
  • 5 day working week
  • working outdoor clothes
  • salary, dependant on previous experience

Sorry but…

  • We cannot welcome any pet dogs to live on site at the kennel, (this is due to restrictions with staff accommodation)
  • If you have working sled dogs who are able to join the tours (and are sociable with both people and dogs, calm and quiet) then we are open to discuss this

Time frame and duration:

  • Our winter season in Northern Norway typically runs between late October/early November until mid April/May. Our Day Tours finish in late March, and immediately after this, we begin the Weeklong Dog Sledding Expeditions. We often need a couple of our guides to join these expeditions, however this is not guaranteed.
  • In April/May, towards the end of your time with us, we will discuss the possibility of long term employment, summer positions, and the coming winter season. (Employment for the next season is not guaranteed, however you will receive a reference stating your responsibilities and achievements during the season).

What your experience may look like:

Get to know the mountain trails that we call our ‘Arctic playground’. During the Polar Night period, you will be guiding guests often under the dancing Northern Lights. With your head torch switched off, just for a minute, you can enjoy this incredible scene. As the sun returns to us in January, the sunrises and sunsets blend into a waterfall of colours in the sky. Shocking pink, golden and red tones welcome you each and every morning.

In all of our 3 kennels, we like to keep the dogs calm and relaxed when they are not working. This means that all of our dogs live harmoniously together, they are used to free running with one another, and although we have one or two ‘special characters’, the majority of our dogs get on very well and rarely have conflict.

We believe that preventative care is always better than cure, so we try to spot small niggles early on, and rest a dog or provide light treatment, rather than waiting for an issue to escalate. Our dogs are always given veterinary care when needed. If you want to learn more about our Animal Welfare policy, click here.

We like our staff to be friendly and positive with each other and guests. It is important that we all take a second to say “good morning” to each other, even if your head is down in a food bucket!

If you are looking to experience guiding in Northern Norway and are available to join us this coming winter season, we would love to hear from you.

Salary is dependant on previous experience – all new staff have a 2 week ‘trial period’ to ensure both you and we are happy. We can offer you staff accommodation at the kennel at a reduced rent of 500kr per month, (food is not provided).

To apply please complete the form: Application Form (pdf version) or Application Form (docx version) and send to us staff@arcticadventuretours.no

 

woman playing with yellow husky puppy

Ivan stroking Hippo grey and white alaskan husky face

kennel manager Sophia organising the dog sledding teams

Dog Handler/Guide: Winter 2023/2024

We are looking for quick learners who are open to gaining new skills and can quickly take onboard our daily routines. You need to be cool under pressure and adaptable to change.

This winter position is open to people with or without experience. If you get ‘bitten by the bug’ and are interested in staying on for the summer we are always open to discuss this.

You will be working closely with the team, but also expected to undertake many of the daily routines alone once you are confident in the role.

Duration:

  • November 2023 to March/April 2024

You will need:

  • a good level of spoken english
  • be both independent and enjoy working in a team
  • have a hardworking and enthusiastic attitude
  • enjoy working outdoors

Added bonus if you have:

  • experience driving tractors/quad bikes/Troll wagons
  • carpentry/building skills
  • additional language skills
  • experience in animal care

What we can offer you:

  • this is a salaried role
  • full training into the daily routines of our dog sledding kennel, animal care and welfare
  • on-site accommodation (rent of 500kr per month)
  • 5 day working week
  • working outdoor clothes

Sorry but…

  • We cannot welcome any pet dogs to live on site at the kennel, (this is due to restrictions with staff accommodation)

Time frame and duration:

  • The Dog Handler/Guide role runs from November until the end of the winter season (March/April).
  • Towards the end of the season we can discuss the possibility of long term employment as a Dog Sledding Guide – Ongoing employment is not guaranteed, however you will receive a reference stating all training areas covered during your time with us.

What your experience may look like:

We will welcome you into our Arctic family.

It may feel daunting when you realise how many furry faces you need to get to know. But once you begin to learn the names and personalities behind each husky you start to feel at home.

During the winter time our dogs run the tourist trips – exploring the mountains of Kvaløya and taking people on the adventure of a lifetime.

Of course as well as the scenic views, fantastic furry work colleagues and being part of a close team, there is always a lot that goes on behind the scenes:

  • The dogs need to be fed twice a day, poo-picking is also done multiple times a day to keep the kennel clean.
  • Snow clearing is essential so vehicles can access the kennel and ensure our guests have a welcoming experience
  • Training will be given in claw clipping, grooming and health checks
  • You will assist with general maintenance in the kennel

We aim that by the end of your time with us, you will feel confident handling the dogs, recognising dog behaviour and body language, dog care and welfare as well as lots of experience of driving a dog sled.

This is a salaried role dependant upon experience. All new staff have a 2 week ‘trial period’ to ensure both you and we are happy. You will also receive holiday allowance and full health coverage under our company insurance. We can offer you staff accommodation at the kennel for a reduced rent of 500kr per month. (Food is not provided).

To apply please complete the form: Application Form (pdf version) or Application Form (docx version) and send to us staff@arcticadventuretours.no

 

woman cuddling lead husky in dog sledding team in norway

Caro fixing a dog harness in the dark with a head lamp

woman driving quad bike in red hat

Volunteers: Dog Handler 2023/2024

We always love to hear from passionate people who are interested in experiencing ‘Our Arctic Life‘. We have welcomed many volunteers from all over the world to our kennel over the years, and we love to learn each person’s story and adventure. Let us know a bit about you, your availability and your expectations.

You will need:

  • a good level of spoken english
  • be both independent and enjoy working in a team
  • have a hardworking and enthusiastic attitude
  • minimum stay of 6 weeks

Added bonus if you have:

  • experience in driving tractors/quad bikes
  • carpentry/building skills
  • additional language skills
  • experience in animal care

What we can offer you:

  • full training into the daily routines of a dog sledding kennel
  • free on-site accommodation
  • 5 day working week
  • working outdoor clothes

Sorry but…

  • We cannot welcome any pet dogs to live on site at the kennel, (this is due to restrictions with staff accommodation)

Time frame and duration:

  • Our volunteer positions are open year-round. However, during the peak winter season, we often do not have any space in our staff accommodation, so are unable to take on volunteers.
  • We ask that your stay is a minimum of 6 weeks, as it takes time to learn the daily routines and our dogs.

What your experience may look like:

When you arrive at the kennel, our staff will be excited to welcome you and show you around. The dogs will also be desperate to say hello, and within 5 minutes you will be covered in dog fur, doggy kisses and dust from your new furry friends!

The daily kennel tasks are always the same, feeding, cleaning, feeding, cleaning! But it is the gaps in between where you can spend time getting to know the dogs, starting a building project, or helping our staff with training or tours. It is also the little interactions you enjoy with individual dogs each day that light up your heart.

In the summer months before the heat of full summer hits, take a hike up into the mountains with a dog and explore the wilderness. Sit in the sunshine cuddling sleepy puppies who have just enjoyed their breakfast and are ready for a cosy nap. Or experience a classic ‘arctic workout’ clearing snow from the dog enclosures to give them space to play.

In the winter, wrap up warm and experience what it means to run a dog sledding kennel.

Whatever your previous experience or plans, get in touch and we will let you know if we have a spot for you.

As a volunteer you are not covered under our company health insurance, so you must ensure that you have adequate travel insurance. You will need to provide your own food during your stay.

To apply please complete the form: Application Form (pdf version) or Application Form (docx version) and send to us staff@arcticadventuretours.no

Arctic Adventure Tours, holding puppies

Caro and Rolf looking at the northern lights

Arctic Adventure Tours, Caro cuddling dogs at the kennel

 

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woman kissing small brown puppy

woman cuddling husky in snow