Feds' Lone Dog-Mushing Job Opens Up
Must like Alaskan wilderness, dog poop and bureaucracy
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2009 8:22 PM CST
Unfortunately, this kind of thing is only part of the job.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Love dogs? Pristine Alaska wilderness? Then you’ll be pleased to learn that the lone federal dog-mushing job is open. The position at Denali National Park pays up to $66,542 (plus cost-of-living adjustment), but it’s not all easy sledding. The kennel manager is in charge of 31 dogs, and all the shots, poop and bureaucracy-mandated paperwork that comes with them.

It’s “a great job,” the outgoing musher tells the Anchorage Daily News. “There’s really nothing that quite compares to being out on the trail in the middle of winter. It’s beautiful, it’s completely silent.” Karen Fortier says helping out researchers is cool, too, and there are summertime tours for park visitors. But, she sighs, “you think it’s going to be this glory job, but so much is managing the operation behind the scenes.”