Scottish Husky Ranch Caretaker

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founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Patrick
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Visit Scotland to have an opportunity to be a part of our Husky Ranch Scotland project to experience off-grid living, dog care and best of all, dog mushing! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

Combining breath-taking scenery, one-of-a-kind art and science museums, and castles found nowhere else, Scotland is one of the most gorgeous places on earth! While visiting this amazing place, take the opportunity to be a part of our Husky Ranch Scotland project to experience off-grid living, dog care and best of all, dog mushing!

 

Scotland seduces travellers with its unswerving beauty and opulent history. Being the U. K’s northernmost country, Scotland is known to be a land of vast landscapes, mountains interspersed with glacial valleys and lakes. If you are looking to experience the rugged lifestyle then this is the destination for you.

 

Our Husky Ranch Scotland project is a large kennel comprising of approximately 50 Sprint racing Siberian Huskies, other domestic animals and livestock. The owners of the Ranch are both very successful at racing large teams in Dryland Competition and they also enjoy racing on snow at international Championship level. One of the founders is on the board of the World Sleddog Association as director of Dryland racing and is involved in organising races internationally. They also provide husky rides for members of the public, usually running three teams per day, approx. 5 or 6 miles per team, with passengers, up to 5 days per week. Apart from their passenger rides, they also train their dogs for racing, and will undertake training without passengers to work on speed training.

This project has excellent opportunities in winter however summer has its own advantages and many opportunities to hike, mountain bike, Kayaking, visit nearby castles and so much more! The work on the ranch is physically demanding and it is by no means an’ easy holiday option’! The minimum duration of stay is 4 weeks. Come be a part of this exciting and unforgettable experience!

Volunteers and Interns are the backbone and the main force that pushes the organization forward. Attitude is the first thing the project looks at. It is always important to show respect, take initiative, ask questions and to get involved in all the activities that are done at the project. 

You will take part in some of the following tasks:

  • Visitors: Volunteers are responsible for welcoming and talking to visitors for husky ride experiences and kitting them out in protective clothing prior to their ride.
  • Sled dogs: You are responsible for Feeding, hydrating, Harnessing, hitching up teams, helping with training, walking old retired huskies, Grooming, free running exercise, poop scooping, kennel cleaning, changing straw beds, de-worming.
  • Sheep: Volunteers need to drive an ATV to inspect the sheep daily, help with gathering, handling and helping with sheep management tasks such as administering treatments, ear tagging, feeding, putting out mineral buckets, help with lambing, tube feeding colostrum & bottle feeding as necessary, castrating, moving sheep for shearing & record keeping.
  • Highland cows: You’ll have to drive an ATV to carryout daily routine checks, feeding & grooming young stock, help with cattle management tasks such as putting out mineral buckets, silage, moving cattle, assisting with vet checks & routine testing, Calving, tagging, castrating, de-horning, administering treatments, record keeping.
  • Maremma sheepdogs: Keep in mind you’ll be responsible for Feeding, watering, grooming, walking, poop scooping, changing straw beds in kennel. 
  • Chickens: Volunteers will be Feeding, watering, collecting eggs, cleaning out hen house.
  • Cats: Feeding the neutered rescued feral cats
  • Farm & Forest: You’ll be Repairing fences, filling in pot-holes in the tracks, draining away water, clearing fallen branches & using a wood-chipper, creating new trails, cutting low branches, pisting trails in the snow.

Typical day

Most dogs will start and end with feeding the 56 huskies. Every day will be different but the care for the animals comes first!

Free-time activities

On time offs volunteers have lots of opportunities to visit Scotland and go Bird watching, exploring nature, Hill walking, hiking, fishing, water sports, camping, visiting the cities of Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, visiting historic sites & castles, Museums, Art galleries, etc.

Water Sports
Sightseeing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Winter Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Application Form, Liability Waiver Form and Volunteer Policies Form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Drivers License not required but definitely an added benefit to both yourself and the host.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

Included Services

Services by Fronteering Travel
The fee includes:
  • Placement
  • Airport Pick up & Transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Mail-holding service
  • Ongoing service
  • Tours
  • 24/7 Emergency contact

Airport Pickup at Edinburgh Airport
You will be picked up from the Edinburgh International Airport and from there, you’ll be meet and picked up then transferred to your accommodation on the project site
Accommodation

Shared back to basic cabins/statics.

Dorm Room
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport (EDI) in Edinburgh. We assist you to find cheap flights to United Kingdom.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for United Kingdom provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in United Kingdom you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for United Kingdom.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

All year round (book early in advance to be assured of a volunteer placement)

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,795
6 weeks
$ 2,195
8 weeks
$ 2,595
10 weeks
$ 2,695
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,795
Average fees
$ 341 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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