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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 30
Persons: 1 to 7
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 55952
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: September 18, 2019

We are looking for help in our sled dog kennel. We live in the middle of Gippsland, close to the 90 mile beach. The closest town (Sale) is a 20 minutes drive away.

We have 60 dogs (80% of them rescues), some chooks, a few sheep, and Toby, the miniature pony (plus some wandering koalas, kangaroos, and possums).
We are looking for help in caring for our animals and helping maintain and renovate our farm.

The kind of jobs depend on the season, from the fun time of year when all our huskies are blowing their coats and need bathing and grooming, to the quieter June-August when most of the dogs are up the mountains running, and the farm needs painting, fencing, and general looking after.

We organise the week for the helpers with some set hours of work and days off, so you know in advance when you have free time to go around and explore the area. Our helpers are usually quite independent with how they organise their day. You are, of course, always welcome to join in with the more technical jobs revolving around sled dogs training, if it is that time of the year and you are up for a discovery!

The sleeping accommodations are a separate unit on the farm, with electricity and running water. We also provide weekly shopping.

We do not ask for any previous experience working with dogs, but we do only consider stays of two weeks minimum, due to the amount of time it takes for the dogs to get used to new faces. We also have an ethical approach to animal welfare and expect our helpers to understand that, in order to maintain our high standards of care, they will have to get muddy and work in the rain at times!

We look forward to having people join our pack and hope to communicate our passion for sled dogs!

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