This is an incredible experinece to get away from the craziness of the world! On-site housing provided!

We are seeking motivated individuals who are comfortable working with dogs, love winter, and like working with people. Dog sled guides are responsible for the following:
Leading half-day, full day, and overnight dog sledding adventure tours with 1-12 guests
Planning and preparation for dog sledding tours
Completing tour trip reports, cleanup and repair of equipment
Providing guests with orientation/instruction sled driving and safety
Maintaining the safety of all clients and dogs on tours
Completing maintenance and repair of gear, winter camp, kennel, buildings, etc. as needed throughout the fall, winter and spring.
Assisting with snow removal and trail grooming with tractor and snowmobile.
Completing daily care, cleanup, and monitoring of dogs to Nature’s Kennel highest standards.
Participating in pre-season setup and trail clearing and post season cleanup
Committing to know the dogs before tour season.
Creating a fun experience for guests.
Training/running dogs with a four wheeler (fall/spring) and sleds (winter).
Working outdoors in rain, snow or sunshine for 8-16 hours a day outside, 6 days a week.

Compensation: Room and board is provided along with a $350/month stipend, additional pay per tour and tips. Average pay per season (including tips) is $9,000-$10,000. We also help arrange summer employment and transportation in Alaska where you can run dogs at tour operations in Juneau/Skagway May through October.

Housing: Nature’s Kennel is off-grid. Housing is bunk style with 2-4 people per building and shared common area. Meals are family style or on your own in main building which has power and running water. You must be comfortable with communal living and are expected to share in house duties and upkeep. Please note we are a dry camp–no alcohol , smoking, or drugs allowed on property.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Crew, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


• CPR/First Aid required for all positions. Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder preferred.
• Self motivating, can-do, positive attitude, resourceful, organized and energetic.
• Must have attention to detail regarding record keeping.

Required Skills:

Must have love and respect for both dogs and the winter wilderness environment. Can lift and carry 40-70lbs, pull 40-150lbs (with cart or sled), carry full water buckets. Must be able to work in a remote environment (without unlimited access to cell phone/internet). Must be able to work well in a team and possess solid interpersonal skills. Must be able to lead and entertain a group of guests. Must be able to adapt to changing conditions due to weather, guests, dogs, and trails.

Preferred Skills:

Experience leading wilderness trips a plus but not required. Ability to operate tractor, snowmobile, chainsaw and other power tools a plus, but not required. Onsite training will be done after hire.

About Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Adventures

Nature's Kennel is the Midwest's premier dog sledding operation. It is home to 200 Alaskan Huskies, owned by Ed and Tasha Stielstra. Nature's Kennel has dog sled touring operation in addition to a competitive distance racing team. Nature's Kennel is well know for it's outstanding dog care and you will never meet a more friendly, loving group of sled dogs! It's thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff that we are able to provide exceptional care to our dogs and our guests.

Application Instructions

If you are interested in this position please go to the help wanted section of our website, https://www.natureskennel.com/help-wanted to complete an application or request an application by emailing Tasha at [email protected] Mail or email the completed application, your resume, and three references to [email protected], Tasha Stielstra 321 West McMillan, Ave., Newberry, MI 49868. Or, contact Tasha with any questions, [email protected], 906-748-0513