Jobs at Green Dog Svalbard

Arctic Dog Handler

Green Dog Svalbard has a staff of 10-12 employees year around. Most of our employees stays for minimum 1 year and we employ new staff regularly. While working for Green Dog, we offer a place to live at the dog yard or close to. All staff share the work-load, but the handlers primary job is to take care of the dogs and to launch/receive sledges. The daily job routine includes handling, picking up water in town, practical work at the kennel and if needed the handler must be prepared to step in as co guide.

It can be physically hard work and the winter darkness can be a mental challenge. But you also get the chance to live and work in high arctic nature with your international colleagues and 275 friendly dogs – you get to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world and you will get some amazing experiences in the nature!

Green Dog is primarily looking for Dog Handlers with the following qualifications:
  • Previous work in agriculture.
  • A professional, loyal and committed attitude.
  • Looking for long-term employment.
  • Social with a happy and stable mentality.
  • Likes to work with people and animals – and outdoors.
  • Speaks English – and willing to learn Norwegian.
  • Nature camping experience.
  • Experience from winter activities.
  • Any kind of craftsman’s skills.
  • A drivers license is a must and we expect you to be a skilled and responsible driver. License to drive a trailer/hanger has high priority.

We prefer employees with life experience and we keep an average age of around 30 years amongst our employees.

We are not interested in “partyguides”, but responsible people who enjoys living and being in the nature.

We expect that you own and bring your own tour equipment, such as:
  • GPS
  • Headlamp
  • Proper boots for sledding (winter)
  • Hiking boots (summer)
  • Spiked shoes and spikes
  • Multitool (Leatherman)
  • Compass etc.

If you would like to work for us, click on the button below and fill out the form. We need a photo, your job application, at least two references with phonenumber/email and your resume.

A well organized family business

For 3.5 years I lived and worked at Green Dog. Becoming the foreman for the last year or so. I had never intended to stay so long… But I sort of slipped into the big Green Dog family – Martin, Karina, Freja, Storm, Saga and little Styrk… and of course not forgetting the dogs…

Green Dog is a well organized family business. It’s progressive in improving its facilities, accommodations, equipment, tours and the wellbeing of the dogs and its employees. During my time, the structure of the tours changed… Guides had their own teams, equipment and ran their own tours… Allowing for more personal time with guests and a stronger connection with your own dogs…

And of course, it goes without saying my teams were the best!!! Don’t believe what the other guides tell you!

I left the world of dog sledding and Green Dog to pursue other personal interests. Green Dog Svalbard has been by far the best kennel that I have worked for…I wish them all the success in future endeavors.

Just booking a flight tonight to go and visit my old dogs… and I guess I will bump into “the old bosses”.

Lara Hudson
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  • If cancelled 22-7 days prior to departure 50 % refund
  • Cancellation less than 7 days prior to departure is a ”no show” and does not qualify for any refund.
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