Our Arctic Family – Jobs


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If you are interested in joining our Arctic family please check our job positions below, complete the application form and send it to staff@arcticadventuretours.no

 

Our team, Arctic Adventure Tours

Current Vacancies

Kennel Assistant: July/August to September 2021

Now the world of travel is opening up again, we are looking for some more team members to join us. (Experience with sled dogs is an advantage but not essential).

This short-term position is open to people with or without experience. If you get ‘bitten by the bug’ and are interested in staying on after the summer in a permanent salaried role we are always open to discuss this.

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

Duration:

  • Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 3 months

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:

  • 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 Kennel Assistant role runs from now, (summer) until September 2021. We welcome applications to join us between early July and August.
  • Towards the end of the role we can discuss the possibility of long term employment as a Trainee 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 one of the three kennels that we manage.

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 summer time our dogs enjoy lots of ‘down time’ – resting those hardworking muscles and enjoying some free-running and playtime with each other. If we have any litters of puppies, we use a lot of time socialising them, playing with them and taking small hikes when they are a little bigger.

The dogs need to be fed twice a day, poo-picking is also done multiple times a day to keep the kennel clean. Training will be given in claw clipping, grooming and health checks. You will assist with supervising dogs in the free-running area and 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 exercising the dogs both physically and mentally.

Payment for this role is a 5000kr per month allowance to cover some of your expenses. 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


Trainee Dog Sledding Guide: 1st September to 1st April 2021/2022

In preparation for what we hope will be a busy winter, we are looking to take on some fresh talent! For this trainee role, experience with sled dogs is an advantage but not essential. Every kennel does things slightly differently, so we provide full training to all new staff.

This position is perfect for people who are interested in starting a career in dog sledding, but lack experience. If you have a long term interest in working in tourist guiding we would love to hear from you.

This role will run from the autumn, when we have started autumn training, to the end of the hectic winter season. After working the winter season, we are open to discussing your next plans and if you are interested in a salaried permanent role as Dog Sledding Guide for the 2022/2023 season.

Initially, you will be working closely with your Kennel Manager and other experienced staff. However, you will also be expected to undertake many of the daily routines alone once you are confident with the routines. We appreciate quick learners who are good at anticipating where assistance is needed.

Duration:

  • Minimum 3 months, maximum 7 months

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 working huskies or dogs in general
  • experience driving tractors/quad bikes/Troll wagons
  • carpentry/building skills
  • additional language skills
  • experience in animal care

What we can offer you:

  • a solid foundation/training in becoming a Dog Sledding Guide
  • 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 ‘Trainee Dog Sledding Guide’ role runs from September 2021 until April 2022. We welcome applications to join us between early September and October.
  • Towards the end of the role we can discuss the possibility of long term employment as a full salaried ‘Dog Sledding Guide’ for the next winter season – (Ongoing permanent 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 one of the three kennels that we manage, and you will jump straight into the Autumn Training program.

This means learning how to drive the ATV with a dog team ahead of you. Keeping steady speeds, adjusting to the terrain and understanding why this is important. Recording each training run; speed, distance and routes covered each day. Ensuring harnesses are washed off, booties dried out and the dogs snacked and watered after each training round. We build up the distance slowly to reduce the chances of injury, and always adjust training for our very young dogs and senior dogs. You will need to know every dog by name and harness size, and the quicker you can manage this, the easier life will be!

We recommend spending any down time cuddling, grooming and just hanging out with the huskies. This way you quickly get to know their individual quirks and will easily remember their names once you have fallen a little bit in love with them!

At the end of the Autumn Training then the dogs are ready to start running the Day Tours. This is where you will have to learn completely new routines from scratch. How to prepare the sleds, safety checks and make sure everything is set up and ready for the guests.

Every guide must give a safety brief and demonstration to the guests. The template for the talk is set, but we love our guides to add their own stories and style into the talk. You will need to learn this by heart, so by making it your own, it will be easier to remember all the details.

When the guests are ready, it will be your job to make sure the teams are released in an efficient and professional manner, every single time. You need to be quick on your feet. Quick to observe if there are any tangles or issues with the dogs. And quick to pick any poo before the guests walk in it!!

You will often be expected to join the tours as an assistant guide. This means riding along in the sled and helping guests out with any problems, and just making sure that they are happy and enjoying themselves.

If you stay behind at the kennel during the tour, there are plenty of tasks to do to prepare for the later tours, and the evening routines. Being efficient with your time and energy is key.

When the tour returns to the kennel it is a quick turn-around before the next guests arrive. We must quickly snack the dogs who will run again, and switch out those who are finished for the day.

In peak winter season, you will be exhausted but satisfied at the end of each day. The more you put into the dogs, the richer your experience will be. There is A LOT to learn, but if you are passionate to learn it, then each day is a pleasure, not a chore!

All new staff have a 2 week ‘trial period’ to ensure both you and we are happy. Payment from Sept – Nov is a 5000kr per month allowance to cover some of your expenses. From the 1st December you will move onto a ‘Dog Handler’ salary of 16,000kr per month. 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 in black driving husky dog team

puppies playing in forest

Arctic Adventure Tours Team, Debbie cuddling puppies


Experienced Dog Sledding Guide: Winter 2021/2022

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


Volunteers: Dog Yard

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 4 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 4 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.

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

Our Kennels: Tisnes, Brevikeidet and Sollia/Tamok

As well as running our own kennel here at Tisnes, we also manage and part-own two other kennels outside of Tromsø. We oversee recruitment and manage staffing at all three kennels.

Tisnes – This is our ‘home kennel’ on Kvaløya where we run our day tours. We usually have between 70 and 90 huskies here all year round. There is plenty of staff accommodation on site, and a regular bus service into Tromsø (approximately 30 minute drive).

Brevikeidet – This kennel is a little further out of town. The Brevikeidet kennel land is shared with Tromsø Golf Club, nestled into the valley with views of the stunning Lyngen Alps and sandy beaches just a short walk away. Approximately a 45 minute drive from Tromsø, with good bus service. There are approximately 80 huskies here all year round. Staff accommodation is both on site and off site.

Tamok/Sollia, Kirkenes – Our most remote locations are found in our ‘summer kennel’ in Sollia, near Kirkenes, and then the ‘winter kennel’ at Camp Tamok in Tamokdalen. The dogs allocated to this kennel are transported from Sollia (their summer time hang out) to Tamok (our winter spot) just before the beginning of the winter season. All winter dog sledding tours are run from Camp Tamok. We house approximately 80 to 90 huskies at Sollia/Tamok. Typically the snow conditions and weather systems are more stable and you are almost guaranteed a crisp cold winter each year. Staff accommodation is on site at both Sollia and Tamok.

dog handler working with sled dogs at the kennel Tromso

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guide Andrea holding four small puppies

woman cuddling husky in snow

woman kissing small brown puppy

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