HANDLER OPPORTUNITY -- Available now!

Kristin and the dogs of Bacon’s Acres are Iditarod bound again this year!  Our team of 26 dogs (22 training) is in need of a full-time handler for the 2018-2019 training/racing season (November to April/May). Looking for an independent, self-motivated, honest, and reliable person who enjoys working with dogs, being active and spending time outdoors.  Experience running dogs is HIGHLY preferred.  Positive attitude required. Good-humored a bonus. 

This is an exciting opportunity to experience the lifestyle surrounding distance mushing.  This is not a 9am - 5pm, M-F job; however, daily adventure, friendly dogs and diversity of experiences are guaranteed. 

We have fall & winter trails leaving from our yard in Big Lake.   We will also be traveling to other areas of Alaska for training & racing.  

Lodging and a monthly stipend will be provided.  Stipend and "off time" are negotiable. There may be opportunity to participate in a local race and/or a qualifying race this season, depending on your level of experience and demonstration of competence.

Work to include, but not limited to, helping with:

1.       Feeding dogs, watering dogs, scooping poop, brushing dogs; trimming dog nails

2.       Prepping dogs for training runs (booties on/off, harnesses, coats, etc)

3.       Training dogs on ATV and sled  (with and without me)

4.      Assisting with problem-solving

5.      Communicating

6.      Cutting and bagging meat and fish for dog snacks

7.     Prepping drop bag items for races

8.     Cooking fish and meat for dogs

9.     Dog house facelifts - cleaning, painting, minor repairs 

10.   Trail maintenance (minimal)

11.   Caring for and training the dogs when I am out of town 

12.   Making tug and neck lines

13.   Sorting and wrapping booties

14.   Helping with dog medications, massage, foot maintenance, etc

15.   Loading and unloading dogs to/from trailer and dog box

16.   Lifting bags of dog food and drop bags  (40-50 lbs), carrying 5 gallon buckets of food and water

17.   Kennel-related errands

18.   Cleaning & organizing gear and equipment

19.  Doing dog laundry (washing harnesses, booties, etc)

20.  Helping with social media 

Bacon’s Acres is a 38 acre parcel in Big Lake, Alaska.  We very recently brought power to the property, which is life changing!   Hot and cold water are on-site in the main cabin, as well as a shower, wifi, flushing toilet and washing machine.   Living options: a dry cabin with loft or a tiny house; outhouse.  Photos available by request.

Driver’s license required.  Your own vehicle is ideal, but not necessary.  

Please be prepared to provide references and a resume/prior job experience outline

Contact Kristin at baconsacres@mtaonline.net, private FB message or 907-230-0402, if this sounds like a fun and challenging way to your spend days and nights this winter/spring. :)