This Family in Norway Is Looking for Someone to Work on Their Reindeer Farm

Nov 17, 2018

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If you’re a fan of cold weather, reindeer and great adventures, we may have found the perfect job for you.

A Sámi reindeer herding family is looking for someone to help with childcare for five days a week during the busy season. In the job description, Marianna — the mother of the household, she says — works full-time as a dentist in Norway while her husband, Nils, takes care of the reindeer. The couple also has two daughters (and two herding dogs — yay!), a home outside of Tromsø, Norway and another property in a small village in northern Sweden. If hired, you would travel between the homes with the rest of the family.

But this gig is about more than childcare. The family recently began a tourism business centered around their reindeer, and said the hired help would be able to get involved with the new business as well. As for the actual reindeer work, you would be expected to help with some of the farm chores, such as caring for the animals, food preservation and general maintenance.

During the summer, the family stays in traditional Sámi tents, called lavvo. During the winter months, they bed down in primitive (read: no electric or water) herder cabins on the mountains. The person hired for this job will also have a bedroom in the Norwegian home and accommodations in the living room in the Swedish home.

If you’re interested in modern Sámi reindeer herding, this is a fantastic opportunity to get a firsthand look at the business and tradition. For the uninitiated, the Sámi people have been herding wild reindeer in Sweden, Norway and Finland for thousands of years, with each Sámi family tracking and caring for the same herd year after year. In fact, according to the Reindeer Herding Act of 1971, only the Sámi people are allowed to herd the animals as part of their livelihoods.

The Swedish village the family lives in only speaks Sámi, providing a very rare experience for someone with an interest in languages. On top of that, it’s located near a husky farm that offers dogsledding.

If this sounds like the job for you, you’ll find more information on the job and the family you would be living and working with at the WorkAway listing.

Feature image by Norman Tsui via Unsplash.

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