Bridge on Murray River
31 Aug 2018

Seasonal Dog Sled Guide/Handler

Snow Forest Adventures Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Position: Backcountry Guide and Handler

Position Status: Seasonal – December to March

Central Location: Huntsville, Ontario

Start Date: December, 2018

 

Snow Forest Adventures is seeking a hard working, self motivated guide/handler to join our fun and adventurous team. We pride ourselves on an extremely high level of dog care, client safety and our ability to offer unique world class dog sledding experiences to our clients.

Our guides are an integral part of the success of our trips and the satisfaction of our clients.They are true outdoors people who love to share that passion with our guests. They absolutely love dogs and respect the partnership created by working closely with them. They can work all day at -20 and then whip up a meal that everyone raves about. They don’t mind being covered in dog hair and smelling of wood smoke. They routinely help others not just step out of their comfort zone, but thrive there. They don’t mind working in the dark and are not too proud to pick up poop multiple times a day. They wake up early with smiles on their faces and can make a mean cup of coffee. They routinely go above and beyond for our dogs, and our guests and take pride in even the routine chores.  In short, they are absolute superstars… 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Safety

  • Maintain a high level of safety on trips
  • Carry out any emergency procedures
  • Understanding of risks and risk management policies
  • Ability to assess client abilities and address safety issues/strategies

Trip Components

  • Deliver world class dog sledding experiences while surpassing client expectations across the board, including: food preparation and delivery, client comfort on and off trail, nature interpretation and dog understanding/interaction
  • Provide exceptional care for dogs on trail and at backcountry camps while on trips
  • Teach dog sledding and winter camping skills
  • Convey core beliefs and practices of SFA
  • Engage clients in activities both on and off trail
  • Utilize different methods and styles of teaching to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow.

Handling

  • Feed, clean and care for dogs in the kennel
  • Provide exceptional care for dogs both in the kennel, and on trail and at back country camps (*listed twice because it’s THAT important!) 
  • Support the start and end of trips at trail head and in dog yard

Personal Experience Requirements

  • Maturity with a broad range of life experiences
  • Experience working with youth and adults
  • Commitment to professional growth in guiding skills
  • Compassion for people and for the health of the environment
  • Establish effective rapport with a broad range of clients
  • Can work well in a partner relationship
  • Ability to construct and maintain healthy working relationships
  • Can facilitate honest self-assessment; open to feedback and learning
  • Ability to travel comfortably and safely in the wilderness
  • * Must be able to work without ego to help foster a positive, enjoyable environment for coworkers and guests

Certifications &  Experience Required

  • Wilderness First Responder with CPR required
  • Experience leading winter wilderness trips
  • Mushing and/or sled dog handling experience
  • A demonstrated love and respect for animals and the outdoors
  • Must be able to lift  and move 50 lbs. (sometimes over your head)
  • Must be in great shape physically and able to work outdoors in cold temperatures

How to Apply

Please send your resume to info@snowforestadventures.com We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

Job Categories: Guide. Job Types: Seasonal.

Job expires in 41 days.

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