Become a Masswildlife Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor

Volunteer instructors are committed and enthusiastic outdoorsmen and women who want to pass on the traditions, ethics, and excitement of hunting to beginners of all ages

MassWildlife Hunter Education Program

The Details of Become a Masswildlife Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor

What you need for Become a Masswildlife Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor

If you're passionate about passing on the hunting tradition, consider becoming a Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor! The core of the Hunter Education Program is the state mandated Basic Hunter Education Course. Instructors may also teach specialty courses including Trapper Education, Bowhunter Education, Black Powder Education, Waterfowl Identification and Hunting, and Map, Compass, and Survival.

To become a volunteer instructor in the MassWildlife Hunter Education Program, you must…

  1. Be at least 18 years old with a record free of convictions
  2. Successfully complete the Basic Hunter Education course*, as a student, in the past 10 years. (If the course was taken out-of-state, you will be asked to provide a copy of your certificate.)
  3. Provide a copy of a valid Firearms License (FID or LTC) to legally possess and transport firearms in Massachusetts.

*Applicants who would like to teach specialty courses must also be a graduate of the specialty course(s) in which they have an interest.

How to apply Become a Masswildlife Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor

To apply by phone, applicants may call the Hunter Education Program at (508) 389-7820. 

To apply online, please email the following information:

  • Your legal name:
  • Your hometown:
  • The best phone number to reach you:
  • Which course type(s) you are interested in teaching/assisting with:
  • The approx. year you last took Basic Hunter Education:

Once received, a representative from the Hunter Education program will reach out to you.

Next steps for Become a Masswildlife Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor

  1. Complete an application

    After contacting the Hunter Education program, candidates must complete an application and turn it in to the Hunter Education office.

    This application will be provided to the candidate only after they have spoken with the Hunter Education program.

    Note: With your application, you will need to submit a copy of your Firearms Identification Card (FID) or License To Carry Firearms (LTC).

  2. Background check

    Once an application has been completed, candidates will be submitted to a background/criminal history check (CORI). The candidate will be notified by mail once the information regarding this part of the process has been completed. 

  3. Complete a training workshop

    After the background check is complete, applicants will be notified of training workshops held in several locations across the state, usually in the spring and fall. Attendance at these workshops is a mandatory part of the certification process. 

    In order to remain a certified Volunteer Instructor, you must participate in at least one course per year and attend an annual Instructor Training Workshop.

  4. Join a team

    The Hunter Education Volunteer Instructors work in teams, under the leadership of a Team Leader who sets up courses and pulls the teaching team together.

    Depending on your skills, comfort level, and knowledge, you will be asked to assist in several ways at a course, from organizing paperwork, helping small groups of students in hands-on exercises to providing instruction to the entire class. The Team Leader will work with you to determine what meets your needs as well as the needs of the course.

    The ways in which an instructor can contribute to this program are numerous, limited only by your skills, time, and availability! 



Contact for Become a Masswildlife Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor

MassWildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581


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