Bacon’s Acres is looking forward to a fun 2019-2020 season. We are seeking a dog-lover(s) to help out with the property and team starting mid-Aug. Details negotiable depending on the person / people / situation. Long and short-term committments will be considered.

Minimal requirements:
1. Dog-loving

2. Willing to care for the dogs at least 7 days / month. No experience necessary, but must be willing to learn, and able to follow instructions.

3. Must be able to ask questions and take direction

4. A great fit for the property / environment - 38 acres of unzoned land, open to possibilies (gardening, bees, kiln, other animals, etc). Currently, there is a small garden, perennial garden, compost area, pond with kayak, paddle board and hanging pod, dog yard, winter and fall trails directly from the property, etc.

5. Honest. Good communicator.

6. Helpful. Handy with repairs would be nice, but not required

7. Current driver’s license, vehicle insurance and vehicle required

HANDLER (full or part-time) AND RENTAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE (willing to negotiate):

FULL-TIME HANDLER:

—> live in dry handler cabin, stipend of $400/mo

—> utilities provided (wood & propane for heating); electric paid up to $50 (will cover electricity unless you choose to heat with an electic heater)

—> responsible for helping to care (feed/scoop/water/love) for dogs (with mentoring as deemed necessary)

—> responsible for typical handler duties (can provide a list, if needed). This is not a 9-5 job.

—> responsible for helping with general property maintainance (checking on main cabin in my absence, shoveling/snow blowing, possible dog errands, watering plants, trimming trees, taking trash to dumpster, organizing, property improvements, etc)

—> we will not be training for mid-distance or distance races, but we will run dogs, explore old and new trails, teach friends to run dogs, incorporate adapted mushing, etc

—> This is an excellent opportunity to be introduced to the mushing lifestyle without the pressure of training for races.

PART-TIME HANDLER:

—> live in handler cabin rent-free or live locally, but stay on-site when Kristin is traveling

—> responsible for own utilities (propane, wood, electricity), if living on-site

—> able to have another job or travel intermittently

—> responsible for helping to care (feed/scoop/water/love) for dogs (with mentoring as deemed necessary)

—> responsible for typical handler duties on a part-time basis (can provide a list, if needed)

—> flexible hours (approximately 20 hours per week, not including sleep/overnight). This is not a 9-5 job.

—> responsible for helping with general property maintainance, as needed (for example: checking on main cabin in my absence, shoveling/snow blowing, possible dog errands, watering plants, trimming trees, taking trash to dumpster, assisting with property improvements, etc)

—> we will not be training for races, but we will run dogs, explore old and new trails, teach friends to run dogs, incorporate adapted mushing, etc

—> This is an excellent opportunity to be introduced to the mushing lifestyle without the pressure of training for races. Able to have flexibility to make other income or travel. Able to volunteer for local dog races, etc.

RENTER:

—> Rent for the cabin would be $450, plus utilities (electricity, propane, wood) and approximately 7 days of dog care (feeding/watering/scooping/loving) per month. Must be home overnight when Kristin is out of town.

—> This is an excellent opportunity to be introduced to the mushing lifestyle

—> Learning to run dogs is a possibility for the right person/people. We have fall and winter trails directly from our yard in Big Lake. 

—> If you have your own small team, it is $1/day/dog for a spot in the dog yard (post, swivel, possibly a dog house)

—> If you want to work off some of your rent, possibilities for additional labor on the property may include:

1.   extra days of caring for dogs when I’m out of town

2.   repairing things

3.   building things

4.   property clean-up

5. helping with plants/garden  

6. …other possibilities to be determined

Rental/Handler Cabin Details:

Dry cabin (no running water) with an outhouse

Cold water spigot available outside main cabin

Propane, electric and/or wood-heated

Has a propane oven/stove, microwave and small fridge

There are shelves, a mattress, futon, recliner, table, a desk with office chair and clothing rod in the cabin

Stocked with basic cookware and silverware

There are a couple laundry / shower facilities in Big Lake (about 3-4 miles away). There is also a small grocery store, post office, 2 restaurants, library, skating rink, large lake, etc in Big Lake. Wasilla is 20-30 minutes away, which has most necessary stores and services.

Please contact Kristin at baconsacres@mtaonline.net, private FB message or call: 907-230-0402, if any of these options sound like a good fit for the next chapter of your life.

And, you can check our our Bacon’s Acres’ Facebook page to see more photos of our daily life at B.A.