Working With Sled Dogs
We have full-time dog sledding positions available from May-September as well as dog sled training and racing opportunities from September through April.
When you work for us during the summer months, prepare to experience the many different forms of mushing. We operate both ground and glacier dog sledding tours. Those interested in employment should expect to work at both operations during the summer months. We expect all our staff to maintain a high level of professionalism. These positions are perfect for those who love people, have already worked in mushing, or are perhaps looking to get into the sport. A summer spent working on Godwin Glacier and at our kennel in Seward will teach you the basics and set you on a path towards being an awesome dog musher!
Our Company Values
We are a relatively new dog sled tour company in Alaska but have high expectations of ourselves and our staff. Each year, we like to set realistic goals for us to meet. At the start of our summer season, we will go over our goals and expectations with you.
Working with both sled dogs and the public is very demanding and can be both mentally and physically draining. We expect our employees to rise to this challenge. Good attitudes are a must. Our company values the safety of our clients, dogs, and staff above all else. We believe that we are more than just a crew — during the summer, you’re family. You can expect to learn about quality dog care while you are with us as we pride ourselves on taking excellent care of our canine family members.
Frequently Asked Questions About Living and Working In Seward
Seward is a small seaside mountain town that is home to approximately 3,000 people year round. In the summer months, the town comes to life with young people from all over the globe who have come to guide outdoor trips, work in fish processing plants, or help in hotels. Home to both Kenai Fjords National Park and the Chugach National Forest, Seward has plenty of hiking trails ranging from short excursions to full-day hikes. Although Seward has a grocery store and several hardware stores, we do not have any big chain stores such as Target or Walmart. Anchorage, which is about a 2.5-hour drive north of Seward, has plenty of shopping areas.
Living in a remote environment is both challenging and rewarding. Our glacier staff generally stays up on the glacier or “on top” for 3-7 days at a time, with an average stay lasting approximately 5 days. Prepare for hard work while you are up there. Summer snow is heavy and trudging around in it all day requires a good deal of fitness. Candidates applying for the positions should be in good shape. Our glacier crew lives and works in a small setting — so applicants should work well in small groups.
While we cannot offer vehicles for staff to drive while in Seward, we can help staff find rides to downtown Seward or popular hiking spots. We can also help arrange transportation to and from Anchorage Alaska via the bus or the Alaska railroad. We do our best to help staff as best as possible. Seward is not a large town and most people find that a bike is sufficient for getting around town.
Although Seward is a small town, there is lots to do in the summer months. There are plenty of hiking trails for the adventurous (which you probably are) that are a great deal of fun to explore. There are also plenty of tours that you can experience at a reduced rate. Generally as a staff, we stay busy by having barbecues after the day is over, going camping, or exercising the dogs. We have a new library in town as well as a small movie theater: the theater only has one screen and changes biweekly. There are several great fishing spots in town too. We love going both trout and salmon fishing — just remember to pick up a fishing license. For those with a refined taste, there are plenty of good restaurants around town.