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

What you need

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 advanced courses including Trapper Education, Bowhunter Education, Black Powder Education, Waterfowl Identification and Hunting, and Map, Compass, and Survival.

All prospective volunteer instructors must successfully complete a Basic Hunter Education Course. Applicants who would like to teach Advanced Courses must also be a graduate of the specialty course(s) in which they have an interest.

How to apply

To apply, applicants must first call the Hunter Education Program at (508) 389-7820. 

Next steps

  1. Application and training workshops

    After calling the Hunter Education office, applicants will be asked to fill out a form to allow MassWildlife to conduct a background check. 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.

  2. What to expect

    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! 





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


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