NOW HIRING FOR THE 2020-2021 SEASON

Squid Acres Kennel seek handlers to work full-time for the 2020-2021 racing season.

ABOUT US
We operate a kennel of 50 racing/expedition huskies and are planning 2021 Yukon Quest and Iditarod teams as well as other mid-distance races, winter tours and several spring expeditions. We will be living at a remote lodge on Denali Highway most of the time with a base in Cantwell during the racing and tour season. Applicants must be comfortable living in a remote setting with little outside contact.

 

 

SUMMER HANDLER/GROUNDS MAINTENANCE POSITION: IMMEDIATE OPENINGS FOR SUMMER OF 2020

What we are looking for:  Looking for help immediately and the position may continue through winter, depending on experience and interest. This position will be to assist with daily care and training of sled dogs and daily maintenance at a remote lodge property located on the Denali Highway. Animal care experience required. Experience with sled dogs, off grid living and power tools a plus, but a desire to learn by doing is more important.

What we offer: This position includes room and board and many amazing opportunities including, living in one of the most scenic locations, mushing experiences, being part of a competitive race kennel, wilderness trips, and skill building opportunities. There may be opportunities for expansion into helping during the winter season depending on how things go.

Housing: At our remote lodge / training camp you will live in a room in a cabin, heated by woodstove, there is no cell service, but satellite internet available on limited basis. 

Please CONTACT US if you are interested in this position. E-mail us your resume, three references, and letter or video explaining why you are interested and what you hope to gain from this experience.

 

WINTER HANDLER/TOUR GUIDE POSITION: 

What we are looking for: Must be able to start by September and the position will continue through March 2021. Must be hard working and able to work independently or with a team at all hours of the day in northern Alaskan conditions with a smile.

This person will be responsible for the daily chores of a competitive kennel training in a remote areas of Alaska. This is not a 9-5 position. This will include, but not be limited to: scooping poo, cutting and splitting firewood, stoking woodstoves around camp, cooking salmon, cutting meat, walking puppies, training dogs with ATV and sled, cutting trails with chainsaw, grooming trails with snowmachine,  general kennel/property maintenance and more depending on experience and interest. Mushing experience is preferred. May consider those that have not mushed if they have the right combination of wilderness/adventure experience and animal care experience.  Experience with extreme cold weather a must.

Skills and knowledge of vehicle maintenance, small engine repair and off grid energy and communication equipment are highly desired. At the very least one needs a demonstrated ability to reason and problem solve.

What we offer: This position includes room and board and many amazing opportunities including, living in one of the most scenic locations, mushing experiences, handling for some of the largest mushing races in Alaska, being part of a competitive race kennel, wilderness trips, and skill building opportunities. There may be opportunities for expansion into racing in the following season depending on how things go.

Housing: At our remote lodge / training camp you will live in a room in a cabin, heated by woodstove, there is no cell service, but satellite internet available on limited basis. During your time in Cantwell, you will live in a yurt  heated by woodstove with power and internet and a shower on site.

We also operate dogsled tours and expeditions throughout the season. There may be opportunities to help guide these trips on a contract basis DOE. Those with guiding experience and those with wilderness medicine credentials are desired.

Please CONTACT US if you are interested in this position. E-mail us your resume, three references, and letter or video explaining why you are interested and what you hope to gain from this experience.

 

WINTER REMOTE PROPERTY CARETAKER POSITION:

What we are looking for: Someone or a couple who can independently watch over and maintain our remote property on Denali Highway and provide logistical support  from December – March during racing season. The position will be to keep the “home fires burning” at our remote base. Duties are to keep snow removed, keep local trails open with snowmachine and chainsaw. Person will assist with supply runs from town to our remote camp. This person will not necessarily be responsible for training sled dogs, but may involve dog care, DOE and interest. Experience living remotely and using off grid energy systems important. Must have a general working knowledge of small engines such as snowmachines, generators and chainsaws. 

This position could be all winter or can be for a couple weeks depending on your availability. Contact us to talk more about the options.

 

WINTER TOUR GUIDE POSITION:  WINTER 2020 – Closed for COVID-19 Hoping to open in January 2021

What we are looking for: Starting December – March. Looking for experienced winter mushing guides to do daily dogsled tours from our Cantwell Location. Position would be responsible for small group tours including dogsled rides, mushing tours and overnight trips with groups up to 6 people. There may be some chances to help with longer expeditions and assist with race team training. Pay, DOE and may provide housing if needed. Clean drivers license required and wilderness medical training a plus.  Send resume and 3 references to CONTACT US.

 

SUMMER TOUR GUIDE POSITION: SUMMER OF 2020 – Closed for COVID-19, Hoping to open in Spring 2021

What we are looking for: Starting immediately and continue through mid-September, this could go longer into winter if candidate is the right fit. Looking for someone to help run daily small group tour operation at our Cantwell location.  We offer a two hour tour, twice a day for up to 6 visitors at a time. Guide instructs public on dog mushing and then does a hands on cart ride experience with the guests. This position will be responsible for the care of sled dogs and general property maintenance. Dog/animal care experience a must,  experience from previous sled dog kennel required. Guiding experience a plus. Pay: DOE, Housing may be provided. Clean drivers license required and medical training a plus.  Send resume and 3 references to CONTACT US.

 

Please CONTACT US if you are interested in this position. E-mail us your resume and letter or video explaining why you are interested and what you hope to gain from this experience.