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.

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.

How to apply   Become a MassWildlife Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor

If you meet the requirements above, you can apply to become a Volunteer Instructor by calling the MassWildlife Hunter Education Program at (508) 389-7820

The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If calling after hours, please leave your full name and best daytime phone number. We will return your call.

Next steps   for Become a MassWildlife Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor

  1. Complete an application

    Once contacted, the MassWildlife Hunter Education program will mail the candidate an application.

    Candidates must complete and submit an application to the MassWildlife Hunter Education program's office.

    Note: With your application, you must provide a copy of a current and valid Massachusetts Firearms License (i.e. Firearms Identification Card (FID) or License To Carry Firearms (LTC)).

  2. Background check

    Once a completed application has been received a background/criminal history check (CORI) will be conducted. Applicants will be notified once this part of the process has been completed.

  3. Complete a new instructor workshop

    If accepted, applicants will be invited to a new instructor workshop usually held in the spring and fall at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough, MA. Attendance at a workshop is a mandatory part of the application process. 

  4. Join a team

    The MassWildlife Hunter Education Volunteer Instructors work in teams under the leadership of a Team Leader who schedules courses and enlists the teaching team.

    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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