Kennels Winter Dog Mushing Intern

Expected Dates
October 1, 2019 to March 30, 2020
Denali National Park
Position ID
Winter kennels interns should have previous experience with sled dog handling, care and training. Interns will be given additional training, mentoring and hands on practice with all aspects of dog team travel and winter camping. Ideal interns will have experience in other dog mushing kennels, multi-day backcountry travel in summer and/or winter and experience in remote living situations. In October-November, interns will learn about dryland training and conditioning programs to build dogs’ fitness. In December when enough snow falls, interns will learn about traveling by dog sled and single day training runs. From January-April, interns will learn about multi day and multi week travel by dog team. They will be trained in and/or exposed to breaking trail on skis, snowshoes and dog team, safe travel on snow, ice, tundra, forested, hilly terrain as well as how to recognize and avoid or mitigate potential avalanche hazards. Throughout the season interns will receive specialized training and hands on practice with veterinary care, nutrition and feeding, sled dog and puppy training, winter gear use and care, and education and interpretation for the public. Interns may have opportuities to assist with special programs for the public and/or to assist during special events such as the Iditarod and Yukon Quest sled dog races.

Compensation includes:
  • $1300 One time travel allowance, to be reimbursed after position starts
  • $225/ weekly living allowance
  • $1500 One time gear/ equipment allowance for purchasing specific winter clothing for the position.
  • Housing included
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of internship

*All compensation amounts subject to applicable local, state and federal taxes.

  • The intern will work largely at the Denali National Park & Preserve sled dog kennels located in park headquarters. Park housing in a shared cabin a 5 minute walk from the dogyard is provided. In addition, the intern may spend several days or weeks at a time traveling throughout the park by dog team and staying in historic ranger patrol cabins or camping in winter tents along the way. The intern will work closely with a small team of experienced staff.
  • The kennels will provide extensive hands on training and mentoring in all skills areas related to dog mushing including feeding, vet care, training, sled building/ repair, and risk management on the job and in the backcountry.
  • Denali in winter is a small, tight knit community. Common outdoor winter recreation in Denali includes skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring and other forms of enjoying snow and cold. Indoor activities include games, books, movies, arts and crafts, etc.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Working with Animals
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
some experience