Calling all adventure-seekers and dog-lovers! This is not work, it’s a passion-filled lifestyle
Looking for a motivated individual to come and join us this summer with the potential for an apprenticeship in the fall and winter dog sled guiding employment once we teach you what you need to know. The summer opportunity is an off-grid lifestyle immersion experience where you receive room and board. There is time available to explore all the beautiful sights Lake Superior and the BWCA has to offer and also time for a paying job in the nearby tourist town of Grand Marais, if you wish. Stay for the summer with the option to apply for the fall apprenticeship where you begin learning how to train the dogs on our wheeled rigs to get them ready for the winter tour season. Then apply for the guide-in-training employment position that runs December – April and is part to full time+. Or just come for the summer experience! June – August or September.
No specific experience is required but a background in dog obedience or dog behavior would be helpful. We have intense, detailed immersion training that will teach you what you need to know to work safely and confidently with the dogs. With an adventurous spirit, positive attitude, and a desire to learn, you will have an experience of a lifetime. (Note that although we LOVE dogs, you can not bring your own dog with you)
Points Unknown is a one-of-a-kind sled dog facility, fully off-grid homestead, and small, woman-owned adventure business located in the Northwoods of north easternmost Minnesota. We offer unique hands-on experiences ranging from Dog Sledding Tours, Mindful Paddling into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Hiking and Canicross Guiding, Girls’ & Women’s Outdoor Mentorship Programs, experiences in our on-site Beeswax Candle Studio, and more. We also have a Guest Suite and two Tiny Log Cabins that we rent to the public for lifestyle immersion experiences or as home bases for adventure in the area. The sled dogs are, of course, the focus.
Our programs are immersive, unique, and intimate. We focus on providing quality outdoor education experiences for individuals, families and small groups. Points Unknown revolves around our kennel of traditional sled dogs and is powered by a tight-knit team of 4 people or less at any given time, including the owner.
The atmosphere here in the woods is typically quiet and peaceful. In the height of winter, things pick up and the environment tends to be more fast paced between sledding tours, caring for the dogs, snow removal and other off-grid tasks. Snow removal in and around the dog kennels is a big part of the winter activities.
This position is best suited for a physically fit person who loves dogs, adventure, being outdoors, learning new skills, and is able to work long hours outside. While this job can be physically and mentally demanding, it is also immensely empowering and fulfilling.
Those who value healthy communication, positive community, diversity and personal growth will excel here. Determination, flexibility, punctuality, and an ability to adjust based on constructive feedback will set you up for success in our unique learning environment.