Should work because it's enjoyable

The owners of Green Dog want people working there because they enjoy leading dogsled tours, but the salary shouldn't be so low they depart.

Martin Munck visits the Green Dog Svalbard kennels in Bolterdalen. The company currently has 12 mushers and dog handlers, half of whom have worked there at least two years.
Martin Munck visits the Green Dog Svalbard kennels in Bolterdalen. The company currently has 12 mushers and dog handlers, half of whom have worked there at least two years.
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"The guides are very important to us," Co-Owner and General Manager Martin Munck wrote in an e-mail to Svalbardposten. "We live as family with the employees, so the mood in the workplace is of great importance. Our philosophy is that our people should work here because they enjoy the job, the dogs, the outdoors and their colleagues. Conversely, they are not going to leave us because the salary is too low. That's why we pay four to eight times more than a number of other companies, and I'm acquainted with the dog companies that provide the most days off and the highest salary."

The company has employed 12 guides and dog handlers this season. Half, according to Munck, have worked for at least two years.

"There is traditionally large turnover in dogsledding companies," he wrote. "That is partly because some guides are not 'professional,' but only want an experience for a year."

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