Social Engagement: High
What’s What: Muktuk Adventures organizes sled dog and other tours in the Yukon. Their 100 plus sled dogs need care.
Amava Take: If you love dogs and want to experience the Yukon with other volunteers, come spend a season in a rustic cabin and take care of sled dogs. Muktuk is about 18 kilometers North of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, Canada. They need help in every season. If you don’t relish the idea of living in a primitive cabin and taking care of the dogs all day, you could buy a spot on their sled dog or canoe tours instead. However, if you choose to pursue this opportunity you’ll get a real Yukon backwoods experience.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of people would want to volunteer to care for sled dogs at Muktuk?
People who really want a break from their usual experience and to get far away for a time at very low cost. If you really love dogs and want an escape, here’s a chance to get free lodging and a weekly food allowance for a 90-day volunteer stint.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Think spartan accommodations and pack warm, even the summer nights are cool in the Yukon, and the cabins are rustic with no electricity or running water. Showers, linens and work clothing are provided in the main lodge.
What’s a typical day like?
Work days are from 7/8 a.m. to 5/6 p.m. and are mostly spent taking care of the dogs. It’s unpredictable what else may come up. You’ll work alongside other volunteers and get the behind the scenes look at an adventure tour company in the remote wilds.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job?
The full Yukon primitive immersion experience. The closeness to the animals, the night stars, and completely different environment from where I came from.
What are the hard parts of the job?
Days can be long and cold, and you’ll experience them as a worker more than as a tourist.
Would you do it again?
90 days of living in the Yukon is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I may want to come back and experience the place as a straight-up tourist next time.
Special Requirements: Applicants traveling to Canada from other countries must have a work visa.
Finding a Position: Learn more by looking at Muktuk Adventures. Throughout Canada and Alaska, there are companies that offer volunteer opportunities year round with sled dogs. Others have race-specific volunteer opportunities which are shorter in duration.