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Wanted: Hunter Education Instructors for 2012

Media Contact:   
Janice Mackey, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8908
Roy Griffith, DFG Hunter Education Program Administrator, (916) 358-2946 

 Volunteers with a passion for safety, ethics and sportsmanship need apply

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is currently seeking qualified hunter education volunteer instructors for its 2012 statewide education courses. 

Outdoor classroom setting for hunter education class
Students learning the basics of hunting safety and ethics

“There’s a long legacy of hunting in this great state,” said DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham. “At the department, we’re going to continue to seek ways to manage our resources for hunting and fishing as well as improve access and opportunity. But we need help in cultivating the next generation of sportsmen and sportswomen who will step in our shoes once we have gone. We thank those that already volunteer to teach our hunter education courses, and we’re looking to recruit even more.”

In 2009, approximately 30,000 students completed the state’s 10-hour minimum hunter education course. The courses are offered throughout the state, on weekends and weekday evenings. The courses are taught by veteran hunters who volunteer their time to help ensure that the newest generation of hunters has a thorough understanding of safety, ethics and conservation.

“The backbone of California’s hunter education training effort rests on the volunteer instructors, who give their time, passion and energy to the program,” said Captain Roy Griffith,DFG’s Hunter Education Program Administrator. “These dedicated individuals have passed on a tradition and trained well over one million outdoor enthusiasts since the start of the program. As a result, they have increased safety and conservation within the community.”

To become a hunter education instructor, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Successfully complete the hunter education course prior to submitting an application
  • Have not have been convicted of any felony
  • Completed a course of study prior to taking a supervised examination covering the basic topics of hunter education

The testing process to become a certified instructor takes about two hours and applicants must score a minimum of 80 percent. After passing the exam, the volunteer will take an oath and work with an experienced instructor before leading their own class.

To retain current Hunter Education Instruction (HEI) certification, an instructor must teach one class per year and attend one conference. More information on the requirements can be found at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered.

DFG to Host San Diego Natural Resource Volunteer Academy

Media Contacts:
Kent Smirl, DFG Law Enforcement, (714) 448-4215
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in San Diego County.
The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to DFG.
DFG’s next NRVP training academy will be held in San Diego from Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 (training sessions will be held on weekdays only). Graduates of this academy become volunteers for DFG. These positions are unpaid.
Interested individuals go through a selection process which includes initial screening, application, interview and background check. Selected participants attend an 80-hour conservation course to prepare them for a monthly service commitment of at least 24 hours. After completing the academy, volunteers work with a trained volunteer mentor implementing their newly acquired skills during a six-month probationary period.
Applicants should be teachable, accountable, have basic computer and writing skills and a willingness to talk about conservation principles to the public both in the field and in a classroom setting. Applicants must show a desire to work well with others in a team environment to do tasks that free up time for paid DFG staff.
DFG Natural Resource Volunteers have no law enforcement authority and are trained to be educational ambassadors for the department, donating their time in a variety of areas including responding to human/wildlife incident calls, instructing at NRVP academies, representing DFG at community outreach events, disseminating useful information to the public and patrolling DFG lands, ecological reserves and inland and coastal fishing areas.
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Please contact Lt. Kent Smirl at (714) 448-4215 prior to submitting an application.
Further information and the application form can be found on the NRVP website at www.dfg.ca.gov/volunteer/NRVP/.