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Firestar Kennel, a competitive sled dog racing kennel in Bayfield County, is looking for one or two handler interns for the 2019-2020 racing season. As a handler in training you will experience all that dogsledding has to offer from the thrill of riding the trail to the hard work around the kennel. You will learn how to drive a sled, take care of the dogs, proper nutrition, prepare food, and other kennel chores.

Firestar Kennel is a successful mid-distance dogsled racing kennel. Consisting exclusively of Alaskan Huskies, that run races across the upper midwest. These races consist of anywhere from thirty miles up to 250 miles. Typically they are two to three day events mainly in the months of January, February, and March.

This opportunity could be done for-credit as a pre-vet internship or field experience in outdoor education.

Responsibilities and Qualifications


  • Care of the dogs including feeding, scooping, watering, foot care, vaccinations
  • Maintain gear
  • Making & repairing ganglines
  • Repairing sleds
  • Washing gear
  • Assist with races, including caring for dogs: bedding, feeding, massaging, foot care, harnessing
  • Trail clearing
  • Drive a four wheeler and dog sled


  • Basic dog knowledge
  • Fall Semester: available 2-4 days/week for for shorter runs
  • Winter Semester availability: 1-2 days per week for longer run

Organization Details

Firestar Kennel Iron River and Ashland, Wisconsin Website

Number of Position Openings: 2